What is the Ruling on Using Washing Powders like Surf?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I have contacted a company about their clothes cleaning powder in regards to if they contain any animal-derived ingredients for definite or if they just might, and this is the reply, so would it be haram to use the product to clean clothes, and would it invalidate your Salat?

Reply by the Company:

“The only information we can give you is that our products may contain animal-derived ingredients from sustainable animal husbandry or farming or fishery practices, such as milk, honey, lanolin, silk, etc. Products may also contain processed and denatured animal by-products with established uses such as tallow, keratin, collagen, elastin, etc.”


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

All the washing powders with animal by-products undergo fundamental transformation (tabdil al-mahiyya). Therefore, it is permissible to use any washing powder. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Rada al-Haq, Fatawa Darul Ulum Zakariyya]

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I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.

He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.