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Products which contain Alcohol Haraam?

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As Salaam Alaikum.I had a question regarding the use of perfumes and other things such as toothpastes which contain Alcohols. As far as my understanding goes, I think the alcohol that is mentioned on the ingredient list is an organic compound and not the alcohol that people usually think it is. I may be wrong but I am not sure. So please clarify my doubts and tell me if it is Haraam to use such products. May Allah guide us all. 


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Products which contain Alcohol Haraam?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 90:O you who have believed! Khamr’ (all types of intoxicants), gambling, (ungodly) shrines, and divining devices are all abominable works of Shaitaan; therefore, refrain from these so that you may attain true success!


Thus what Allah and His Messenger (saws) have forbidden the believers is the consumption of all types of intoxicants, which effect the senses of the human; like wine, alcohol, drugs, etc.


Not all haraam things are impure… for example: gold and silk are declared haraam for the believing men, but they are not impure. Similarly, most of the scholars of Islam are of the opinion that although alcohol is haraam, it is not impure. Thus there is no harm if one uses perfumes and the alcohol used in making the perfume touches some parts of your body; as long as it is not consumed and entered into the body.


We are not sure that there are any form of toothpastes which contain alcohol. If they do, then it would be prudent to abstain from such toothpastes, because then the alcohol would indeed enter one’s body and that would be considered forbidden.


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