Does Accidentaly Consuming Alcohol Invalidate Ritual Ablution (wudu’)?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalam ‘aleykum, What happens if you accidentally consume alcohol? Do you have to renew your wudu? Answer: walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits. Consuming the haram–such as alcoholic beverages–does not invalidate one’s ritual ablution (wudu’). If done deliberately or […]

Should I Eat at Restaurants With Food Cross-Contamination Problems?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: In the past I have seen food being contaminated in a restaurant/food selling place that also sells haram food. For this reason I have avoided such places for approximately 3 years. Should I go by these doubts? How did the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and […]

Consuming Alcohol in Foods in the Maliki School

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour Question: As salaam alaikum, In relation to the question about alcohol in bread, what is the Maliki opinion on ingredients like spirit, cider and balsamic vinegar and vanilla essence/extract in foods. I’ve been told that these are liquid intoxicants that affect the intellect (before being added to the food) and […]

Eating Bread With Trace Amounts of Alcohol in the Maliki School

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour Question: As-salāmu ʿalaykum. I just discovered that normal bread, which is leavened, contains alcohol as a by-product. Does this then mean that, according to the Mālikīs, all leavened breads are ḥarām to consume? Also, allegedly unleavened bread also contains trace amounts of alcohol. Would these trace amounts be ignored or […]

Drinking Wine With Good Intention?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: In reference to your statement, “Our scholars said that the one who takes a glass of water to drink from, and then brings to mind that it is wine, it is unlawful for him to drink it,” if I take a glass of wine and then bring to my […]

Drinking Beverages With Small Traces of Alcohol (Shafi’i School)

Answered by Shaykh Omar Qureshi Question: According to the Shafi’i madhhab is it permissible to drink a beverage which contains a very minute amount of alcohol (as it is said to be in the soft drinks of today)? Answer: Assalamu ‘alaikum. The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Every intoxicant is considered […]

Is Beer Battered Shrimp Halal?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I was reading your response about the Hanafi position on beer versus wine alcohol. Can you clarify what you mean by “(d) it is not used in vain (lahw)”? My example would be beer-battered shrimp. The beer is not used as an intoxicant, nor is that its intention, […]

What is the Ruling on Using Solid Intoxicants as Flavor Ingredients in Foods?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I believe there is an agreement between the schools that solid intoxicants are not considered impure if found in solid form. Many cultures utilize wine and beer as flavor ingredients in preparation of food. Far East Asian cultures in particular use wine for flavor when preparing quality meals. […]

Did Imam Abu Hanifa Distinguish Between the Legal Rulings for Wine and Beer?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: Did Imam Abu Hanifa distinguish between wine and beer? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you in the best of health and states. The short answer is yes, Imam Abu Hanifa did make a distinction between wine and beer with respect to legal categorization and […]

Is Ghusl (Purification Bath) Required Before Prayer if I Drink Alcohol or Eat Pork?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Does one need to make ghusl after eating or drinking the haram things such as pork or wine before praying? Answer: Walaikum assalam, 1. Neither one’s ablutions (wudu) nor one’s ritual bath (ghusl) are invalidated by sins such as eating pork or drinking wine. Therefore, it is not legally […]