Is it Necessary to Check How Each Clothing Item is Made Before Praying?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I’ve recently read that many things, like markers, glue, handbags, plastic, clothes, etc., contain animal products. Is it necessary to check all their ingredients or wash them off-hand before praying? And is it necessary to check all my clothes to see if they contain animal products?

How do I do that, and how do I find out if they have gone through the tanning process or what animal they come from?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

Many items today contain animal by-products, which can pose a challenge for Muslims who wish to abstain from these products. However, one should check clothing items, especially if they are made with pig by-products, with caution and courage, and Allah Most High will reward those who make this effort greatly.

In general, the Hanafi jurists have stated that the skin and leather of impermissible birds and animals cannot be utilized even after tanning. However, modern tanning methods make all skin and leather permissible except for humans and pigskin. [Al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya; Sayfullah Rahmani, Qamus al-Fiqh; Rada al-Haq, Fatawa Darul ulum Zakariyya]

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Is it permissible to use Non-food Products that contain animal-derived ingredients or Alcohol? – SeekersGuidance

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I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlan] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel has received traditional education in various countries. He started his schooling in the UK and completed his hifz of the Quran in India. After that, he joined an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied secular and Aalimiyya sciences. Later, he traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern countries to further his education. Mawlana has served as an Imam in the Republic of Ireland for several years and taught the Quran and other Islamic sciences to both children and adults. He also worked as a teacher and librarian at a local Islamic seminary in the UK for 12 years. Presently, he lives in the UK with his wife and is interested in books and gardening.