Is It Permissible To Use Products That Contain Stearic Acid?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas
Question: Would it be haram to use products that contain stearic acid (and its derivatives such as sodium stearate, magnesium stearate, etc) that is derived from pork? Would it be permissible to use soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc in which the manufacturer may have used pork in manufacturing?
Answer: wa `alaykum assalam
Stearic acid can be derived from animal or non-animal source. In both cases, it would be permissible to use a product that contains it, such as soap, shampoo, and deodorants, due to its having undergone an essential chemical change.
However, it would remain still remain superior to use a product that is made from only permissible sources.
please see: Is It Permissible to Use Cosmetics and Body Care Products That Contain Animal Ingredients? and: Can We Use Deodorants, Creams, and Perfumes That Contain Alcohol?
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Are Care Products Containing Vodka Permissible?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas
Question: Are products containing “lime extracted in vodka” and “rosemary, an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, steeped in vodka” halal or haram?
Answer: wa `alaykum assalam
This would be permissible to use on the body. However, it would be better to avoid and find alternatives that do not contain such ingredients.
The ruling when it comes to alcoholic content in care products, such as the one you describe, is that they are permissible so long as they do not contain wine derived from grapes. As for non-wine alcohol, it is not considered ritually impure and so its use on the body is permitted, as affirmed by a number of senior scholars. [Taqi Usmani, Takmila Fath al-Mulhilm; Ahmad Zarqa, Fatawa]
For more details, I would ask you to read the following:
Can We Use Deodorants, Creams, and Perfumes That Contain Alcohol?
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

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 a type of wine, and all types of wine are unlawful (Ibn Hibban no. 5354).” What is unlawful to consume and are considered to be filth are liquid intoxicants (muskirat). This ruling applies to those that are ethyl and methyl based alcohols. Isopropyl alcohols, the type used when a the nurse wipes the area where one would be getting a shot or extracting blood, is excluded from this ruling. Beer, wine and other consumed alcohols fall under this ruling and are considered filth as well in the Shafi’i school. This unlawfulness applies to even one drop of a liquid intoxicant (see I’ana al-Talibin).

All beverages that contain ethanol based alcohols are unlawful to consume. If a particular soda contains alcohol, then it would be unlawful to consume no matter what the amount. I would, however, strongly advise people to conduct proper and thorough research as to what ingredients go into a particular food item before coming to any conclusion regarding its permissibility. Many people have inaccurate information regarding alcohol being in certain widely consumed soda beverages and have been the cause of confusion for many of our brothers and sisters.

Allah the Exalted knows.

Related Answer (Hanafi):

Alcoholic Content in Soft Drinks

Can We Use Deodorants, Creams, and Perfumes That Contain Alcohol?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Are we permitted to use deodorants, creams, perfumes, and other cosmetics containing alcohol?

Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful, and all blessings and peace upon our master Muhammad, his Folk, Companions and those who follow their noble way,

Assalamu alaikum,

Yes it is permitted to use deodorants and creams containing alcohol, as it is invariably synthetic alcohol and not the khamr (wine) that is absolutely impermissible and filthy.

Non-wine alcohol is not ritually impure. As a result, it is permitted in external uses, such as in perfumes and soaps. [Mufti Taqi Usmani, Takmilat Fath al-Mulhim; Shaykh Mustafa Zarqa, Fatawa]

However, it is more religiously precautious not to, because of the difference of opinion about it.

According to the Indian Hanafi scholars, the fatwa in our times is that synthetic alcohol (and all alcohol not considered ‘khamr’) is tahir (pure), and permitted to use and consume AS LONG AS:

(a) it is not used as an intoxicant;
(b) it is not used as intoxicants as used (i.e. for alcoholic consumption, even a little);
(c) it is not used in an amount that intoxicates;
(d) it is not used in vain (lahw).

This was Mufti Mahmoud Ashraf Usmani’s explanation, and it is supported by many fatwas in the great Indian Hanafi fatwa references of the 20th Century. This is the position of Imam Abu Hanifa himself. Later scholars said that the fatwa was on the position of Imam Muhammad ibn al-Hasan al-Shaybani, Abu Hanifa’s student, that all alcohol is najis and haram, even in small quantities, because of widespread fitna. In our times, because of the widespread use of alcohol in all sorts of things, it has become very difficult to avoid. This is why great Hanafis of our times gave the abovementioned fatwa.

Faraz Rabbani