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Monday, April 12, 2010

Ethanol in Robertsons Essence

Q: Is ethanol alchohol (used in Robertson's vanilla essence) halaal?
This is the definition:
Alcohol is a colorless liquid, produced by the fermentation of sugar or starch, that is the intoxicating agent in fermented drinks and is used as a solvent. Also called ethanol and ethyl alcohol.

A. Ethanol also known as ethyl alcohol is the main ingredient used in wine-making. This is found in Robertson’s essence and is not Halaal for consumption; hence you should not use this essence. There are other substitutes on the market.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Siraj Desai