بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

INFORMATION ABOUT INGREDIENTS ON FOODS, TOOTHPASTE, SOAP ETC.

by Irshad Mahmood - Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre


Not only Foods but any ACT against the will of Allah is Forbidden

Spend your wealth for the cause of Allah, and be not cast by your own hands to ruin (destruction); and do good; Surely Allah loves the beneficent. (Al_Quraan_002.195)

Under the light of the above Ayaat, Smoking, Over Eating, Less Eating, Sleep Disordering, etc. are also FORBIDDEN, because any of these, may cause you the destruction / problem of your PHYSICAL and MENTAL HEALTH.

He hath only forbidden you dead meat (including fish that dies itself inside the water, i.e. it has natural death), and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah. But if one is forced by necessity, without willful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits, - then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-forgiving Most Merciful. (Al_Quraan_002.173)

Forbidden unto you (for food) are carrion and blood and swineflesh, and that which hath been dedicated unto any other than Allah, and the strangled, and the dead through beating, and the dead through falling from a height, and that which hath been killed by (the goring of) horns, and the devoured of wild beasts, saving that which ye make lawful (by the death-stroke), and that which hath been immolated unto idols. And (forbidden is it) that ye swear by the divining arrows. This is an abomination. This day are those who disbelieve in despair of (ever harming) your religion; so fear them not, fear Me! This day, I perfected your religion for you and completed My favor unto you, and have chosen for you as religion Al-Islaam. Whoso is forced by hunger, not by will, to sin: (for him) lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (Al_Quraan_005.003)

Eat of (meats) that over which the name of Allah hath been mentioned, if ye are believers in His revelations. Eat not of (meats) on which Allah's name hath not been pronounced. (Al_Quraan_006.118-121)

Baby Foods: Be carefull of all ready-made baby foods. Mother's milk is the best for infants. After 4 months try to start feeding babies a little home-made, grounded foods, of what you eat BUT without spices. This way they will develop their taste and later it will help when you switch them to regular meals and will avoid many difficulties.

Cosmetics: Do not apply any Cosmetic which you cannot eat:

According to a new book, cosmetics and beauty products often contain toxic ingredients that can cause cancer and other fatal illnesses.

Key to fall into Cosmetics is in the Facial Remover, which does not only removes your Cosmetics and dust BUT also some good substance which actually protects your skin. Facial Remover is like you keep the main door of your home open and expect not intruder will enter. There are many reports of new muslimah who stopped using Cosmetics and in few months if not years their skin gone back to normal and now saving hundreds of dollars per month by stopping Cosmetics. Below is interesting information to help you understand in detail, Inshaa Allah.

Cosmetics cover a myriad of items relating to our skin. The skin performs several important duties for the body.

It wraps and protects our bodies and has the remarkable ability to absorb applied products, partially or completely into the bloodstream. In fact, up to 60% of the products we use on our skin are absorbed and deposited in the circulatory system.

Every square inch of our skin is like a thousand open mouths, absorbing into the body most of what is put on it...from cosmetics!

What! That made me sit up and take notice.

This is both good and bad. Good, because it means our skin can be nourished from the outside with some wonderful ingredients in natural beauty products.

Bad, because some skin care manufacturers can use harmful ingredients that would never be allowed to be taken orally, but are still absorbed into our system through our skin.

According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the term cosmetics not only refers to women's makeup but to any of the following and is dangerous;

Skin-care creams, lotions, powders, sprays, perfumes, fingernail polishes, permanent waves, hair colors, deodorants baby products, bath oils, bubble baths, or mouthwashes.

Followings are few General Information:

  1. [Eating] any Animal including Fish that dies itself [2:173, 6:145, 16:115]

[Eating] any Animal that has been strangled to death [5:3]

[Eating] any Animal beaten to death [5:3].

[Eating] any Animal that dies by falling from height [5:3].

[Eating] any Animal gored to death by horns [5:3].

[Eating] any Animal eaten by a wild animal unless you are able to slaughter it while it is still alive [5:3].

[Eating] any Animal that which is sacrificed on altars (devotional stones or blocks in shrines considered sacred) [5:3].

  1. [Drinking] blood [2:173, 6:145, 16:115]

[Eating] the flesh of swine [2:173, 6:145, 16:115].

[Eating] anything (not just meat) that has been dedicated to anybody/anything other than Allah (such as an idol, grave or saint) [2:173, 6:121, 16:115].

  1. [Eating anything on which Allah’s name has not be pronounced is also forbidden {5:4}]
  1. Dividing the meat through raffling and games of chance {Azlaam} [5:3]

We hope that this information will be of great use to you and that you will read the ingredient on every product before you make your purchase. If in doubt, you may write to the company. They have been very helpful in providing the requested information.

CONSULTATION OF COMPANIES

Here are the results of consultations done with various food companies. No particular questions were asked about products that may contain alcohol.

1.      L.D. Schrieber Cheese Company:

No shortening, lard, gelatin or lecithin used. Cow products are used HALAAL

2.      Burger King Corporation:

Shortening used in from swine = HARAAM

Lard is used in buns and apple pie = HARAAM

Lecithin is used in buns =HARAAM

Because you are not sure.

Shakes = HALAAL

3.      General Goods:

Lard is used on Swan Down Cake mixes. Gelatin (from collagen-bearing tissues of any animal) is used in many products including Jell-O Brad Gelatin Desert = HARAAM

4.      Knox Gelatin Inc.:

Knox Gelatin is prepared from the protein collagen, which is extracted from either beef (bones and skin) or PORK (SKINS) =HARAAM

5.      American Lecithin Company:

Our lecithin is derived from soybeans and is sold under the trade name Alcoles = HALAAL

6.      Nestle:

A list was sent to MSA confirming that their products do not contain any animal by-product. Lecithin used in their products is derived from Soybeans = HALAAL

7.      General Mills Inc.:

Shortening similar to lard is used, also Soya lecithin is used =HARAAM

(Because it does not say Soya or lard and you don't know so it is better to avoid)

8.      Quaker Oats:

Soybean lecithin is used. Shortening used is from swine. Some of the products are MASA Trigo, Flako pie crust and cup cake mix.

SEVERAL TERMS

A. Derived from pork or other animal

1.      Bacon

2.      Ham

3.      Sausage

4.      Lard

5.      Fat

6.      Gelatin

7.      Shortening (animal).

B. Avoid - doubtful (may be derived from animal or vegetable):

1.      Lecithin

2.      Emulsifier

3.      Dough conditioners

4.      Mono and diglycerides

5.      Enzymes or rennet in cheese

C. You can use: HALAAL

1.      Soya-lecithin

2.      Soybean lecithin

3.      Vegetable lecithin

4.      Vegetable shortening

5.      Vegetable mono and diglyceriders

6.      Vegetable enzymes or rennetless cheese.

7.      Fish.

D. Avoid may contain alcohol

1.      Artificial and imitation extracts and flavorings

E. When you see these letters:

"U" or "K" they may mean that the produce does not contain anything from an animal.

AVOID THE FOLLOWING AS THEY MAY CONTAIN ALCOHOL:

Artificial and Imitation extracts and Flavorings.

MISCELLANEOUS FOOD ITEMS

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

Kellog Co.

Frosted Pop Tarts

Type-B Gelatin
(Vegetable/Beef)

Investigate

 

Unfrosted Pop Tarts

No Gelatin

HALAAL

Frank Foods

QT Frosting mix

Vegetable fat (Shortening)

HALAAL

General Mills Inc.

Ready-to-Spread
Frosting

 Vegetable fat/or Lard

HARAAM

Proctor & Gamble

Duncan Hines
Cake Mix &
Pringles

 Vegetable fat

HALAAL

Great Atlantic & Pacific Co.

 A&P Creamer

 Coconut & Palm Oil

HALAAL

Topco Assoc. Inc.

Food Club Non Dairy Creamer

 Vegetable fat

HALAAL

 

Dietary Creamer

Vegetable Fat

HALAAL

Penn Maid Food Inc.

Natural Yogurt

No Gelatin

HALAAL

 

Swiss Yogurt

Gelatin from Calf skin

HARAAM

Jolly Rancher

Candies

Palm & Coconut Oil

HALAAL

M & M Co.

Starburst fruit Chews

Gelatin from Lard

HARAAM

American Home Foods

Crunch 'N' Munch

Vegetable Fat

HALAAL

DISINFECTANT

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

Lehn & Fink Products
Lyson Brand

All products

Synthetic chemicals

HALAAL

BREAD AND PASTRY

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

Drake Bakeries (Div. Of Borden foods Inc.)

Honey bun

Lard

HARAAM

Entenmanns

All Products

Vegetable Shortening

HALAAL

Giants Goods

Bread

Vegetable Shortening

HALAAL

Huber Baking Co. (Bakers Of sunshine Bread)

Roman Meal Bread

Soybean Salad oil

HALAAL

Keebler

All products

Vegetable Shortening
Oleo and Lard

HARAAM

Nabisco

All Products

Lard

HARAAM

Pepperidge farm

Rolls, Bread, Butter or Cakes*

Vegetable shortening

HALAAL

* NOTE:
Layer cakes even though this cake is made with good shortening the GELATIN USED is made from PIGSKIN

HARAAM

Pillsbury Co.

1896/69 Brand Butter, Milk Biscuit

Vegetable shortening

HALAAL

Stroehmann Brothers Co

Hillbilly Bread
White Bread

Lard

HARAAM

Sunshine Biscuit Co.

All products

Vegetable shortening

HALAAL






ICE CREAM

Manufacturer

Product

Use

Baskin Robbins

Ice Cream, Sherbets, Water ice

NOTE: Ice cream and those flavors Containing might marshmallow

HALAAL

HARAAM

Pensupreme

Ice Cream

HARAAM

Pensupreme schraff

Ice cream (available at safeway)

HALAAL

Meadow Gold

Ice cream

HALAAL

Meadow Gold Louis sherry

Ice cream (all natural)

HALAAL

Abbotts

Ice Cream, Sherbets, Water ice

HALAAL

Pantry Pride

Ice cream

HALAAL

Breyers

Ice cream

HALAAL

CHEWING GUM

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

Dynamint Co.

Dynamints

Candelilla Wax

HALAAL

Wrigley's Co.

Chewing gum

100% mineral or Vegetable base

HALAAL

Warner Lambert Co.

Chewing Gum
Chicklets Dentyne Trident
Freshen Up

Vegetable base

HALAAL

Beach Nut

Chewing Gum

Glcerl Monosterate Or Ester of Gum from any animal fat

HARAAM

FROZEN PIZZA PIES

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

Jan's

Mozzarella Cheese

Vegetable

HALAAL

Buitoni

Mozzarella Cheese

Vegetable

HALAAL

Little Chef

Mozzarella Cheese

Vegetable

HALAAL

Ellio's

Cheddar Cheese

Swine pepsin

HARAAM

Quaker Celeste

Mozzarella Cheese

Swine pepsin

HARAAM

PIZZA RESTAURANTS

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

Pizza Hut

Mozzarella Cheese

Vegetable

HALAAL

NOTE: Making of pizza is not according to SHARIAH.
Example: They are using same pot or tray and knife that they use in pork.

CHEESE

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

Purity Company

Muenster Cheese
Caraway Muenster Cheese
Monterey jack
Muenster Cheese(with hot pepper)
Farmers Cheese
Burie (Imported) Cheese
Camembert Cheese
Romano Cheese
Parmesan Cheese

Vegetable

HALAAL

Clearfield

Natural Cheese Kosher Brand.

Calf Rennet

HARAAM

Kraft

Philadelpia Cream Cheese
Whipped Cream Cheese
Neufchatel

Lactic acid

HALAAL

McCadm Co.

New York State

Calf & swine Rennet

HARAAM

Framageries Bal. Inc.

Cheese

Calf Rennet

HARAAM

World Cheese Col.

Migdal American
Haolam

Vegetable

HALAAL

Schanling Col.

Schnall American
(Individually wrapped)
Schnall Muenster sliced
Schnall Mozzarella

Vegetable

HALAAL

Clay Butter Co.

Millers Cheese

Vegetable

HALAAL

NOTE: Calf (plural = calves): a young cow or bull.

COSMETICS

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

Avon

All Products

Petrochemicals

HALAAL

Wella Corp.

Balsam products

Petrochemicals

HALAAL

Johnson Product Inc.

Ultra Sheen

Lanolin

HALAAL

Lustrasilk Corp.

Scalp Cream

Lanolin

HALAAL

Westwood Pharmaceutical

Keri Lotion

Synthetic chemical

HALAAL

Chesbrough Ponds Inc.

Vaseline Intensive Lotion

Lard

HARAAM

SOAP

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

Proctor & Gamble Co.

Kirk's Coso Hardwater Castile
Lava

Coconut oil
Vegetable fat

HALAAL

 

Ivory
Camay
Safe Guard
Coast
Zest

Beef & Pork Tallow

HARAAM

Lever Brothers Co.

Lux
Lifebuoy
Phase II
Dove
Caress

Beef Tallow*

HARAAM

Colgate Palmolive Co.

Palmolive
Cashmere

Beef & Pork Tallow*

HARAAM

Andrew Jergen Co.

Jergens
Woodbury

Beef Tallow*

HARAAM

Armour Dial inc.

Dial
Tone
Irish spring

Beef Tallow*

Pork Tallow*

HARAAM

Amway Corporation

All Bar Soaps

Pork Tallow*

HARAAM

 

Nivia Creams

Sheep's Skin/Fat*

 

* NOTE: The Sheep/Beef that is obtained for the products is not slaughtered Islamically, hence, it is still doubtful.

TOOTHPASTE

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

Lever Brothers Co.

Pepsodents
Close up
Aim

Vegetable Fat

HALAAL

Colgate Palmolive Co.

Ultra Brite
Colgate Paste
Colgate Powder

Lard

HARAAM

Vicks Chemical Co.

Fix -A- Dent

Vegetable Fat

HALAAL

Procter and Gamble

Gleen

Lard

HARAAM

NOTE: Contains alcohol; still in doubt about its use.

POT CLEANERS

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

GM Co.

Rescue 11Soap pads

 

HALAAL

Purex Corporation Brillo

Supreme Steel Wool balls

 

HALAAL

 

Soap pads
Kosher Soap (Packaged 2 each Pink& Green Bars per carton)
Double Pads

Lard
Beef Tallow

HARAAM

Miles laboratory

S.O.S Soap Pads
Tuffy Plastic Mesh
Moth/Balls

Lard

HARAAM

MEDICATION 

Manufacturer /Vendor

Brand

Coagulant/Ingredients

Use

 

Seldane Caps.

Pepsin

HARAAM

 

Seldane Syrup

 

HALAAL


LIST OF HALAAL AND HARAAM FOOD INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENT

TYPE

Acetic Acid

HALAAL

Alcohol

HARAAM

Ammonium chloride

HALAAL

Ammonium Sulphate

HALAAL

Animal Fat

HARAAM

Animal shortening

Investigate

Ascorbic Acid

HALAAL

Aspartame

HALAAL

Bacon (Pork)

HARAAM

Benzoate/Benzoic Acid

HALAAL

BHA

HALAAL

BHT

HALAAL

Calcium Carbonate

HALAAL

Calcium Sulphate

HALAAL

Carrageenan

HALAAL

Cocoa Butter

HALAAL

Collegen (pork)

HARAAM

Corn Meal/Corn Starch

HALAAL

Corn Syrup

HALAAL

Dextrin/Dextrose

HALAAL

Dicalcium phosphate

HALAAL

Diglyceride (Animal)

HARAAM

Diglyceride (Plant)

HALAAL

Dough Conditioners

HARAAM

EDTA

HALAAL

Emulsifier

HARAAM

Enzyme (Animal)

HARAAM

Enzyme (Plant)

HALAAL

Ergocalciferol

HALAAL

Ergosterol

HALAAL

Fat (Pork or Animal)

HARAAM

Fatty Acid (Animal)

HARAAM

Fatty Acid (Plant)

HALAAL

Ferrous Sulphate

HALAAL

Fructose

HALAAL

Fungal Protease Enzyme

HALAAL

Gelatin

HARAAM

Glucose

HALAAL

Glyceride (Animal)

HARAAM

Glyceride (Plant)

HALAAL

Glycerol/Glycerine (Animal)

HARAAM

Glycerol /Glycerine (Plant)

HALAAL

Gum Acacia

HALAAL

Ham

HARAAM

Harmones (Animal)

HARAAM

Harmones (Plant)

HALAAL

Hydrogenated Oil

HALAAL

Hydrolyzed Animal protein

HARAAM

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

HALAAL

Lard

HARAAM

Leavenings

HALAAL

Lecithin (commercial)

HALAAL

Malt

HALAAL

Malto Dextrin

HALAAL

Hydrogenated oil

HALAAL

Molasses

HALAAL

Monocalcium Phosphate

HALAAL

Mono Saccharides

HALAAL

Monoglycerides (Animal)

HARAAM

Monoglycerides (Plant)

HALAAL

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)

HALAAL

Nitrates/Nitrites

HALAAL

Nonfat Dry Milk

HALAAL

Oxalic Acid

HALAAL

PABA

HALAAL

Partially Hydrogenated oil

HALAAL

Pectic Materials

HALAAL

Pectin

HALAAL

Pepsin (Animal)

HARAAM

Phospholipid (Animal)

HARAAM

Phospholipid (Plant)

HALAAL

Phosphoric Acid

HALAAL

Pork & All by Products

HARAAM

Potassium Benzoate

HALAAL

Potassium Citrate

HALAAL

Propionate

HALAAL

Propionic Acid

HALAAL

Renin Rennet

Investigate

Saccharine

HALAAL

Salt

HALAAL

Sausage

HARAAM

Shortening (Animal)

HARAAM

Shortening (Plant)

HALAAL

Soy protein

HALAAL

Soybean Oil

HALAAL

Sucrose

HALAAL

Tapioca

HALAAL

Tricalcium Phosphate

HALAAL

Vinegar

HALAAL

Whey

Investigate

Yeast

HALAAL


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