Do I Have to Investigate Medicine and Food Ingredients Living in a Majority Muslim Secular Country?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel



Do I Have to Investigate Medicine and Food Ingredients Living in a Majority Muslim Secular Country?



In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

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

In Muslim-majority countries, you will still need to do basic research. One has to be cautious, whether one lives in a Muslim-majority country or elsewhere, about where your food comes from and do basic ingredient checks of medicines. You do not have to investigate any company deeply, but follow the principles:

  • basic research will suffice by asking the local scholars and righteous Muslims or emailing and calling a company for the basic inquiry.
  • Stay away from any companies that use machine slaughtering.
  • If the food is beef, lamb, or the like, just look for a basic certification that it is halal, especially in a Muslim-majority company

Leave that Makes You Doubt

Hasan ibn ‘Ali (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Leave what makes you doubt for what does not make you doubt. Verily, truth brings peace of mind, and falsehood sows doubt.” [Tirmidhi]
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[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 travelled 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 taught 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.