Vanill extract is mde of alcohol. Is that haram to eat these products?
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We live in a western country. They use vanilla extract to bake many products here such as cookies. Vanill extract is mde of alcohol. Is that haram to eat these products?
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Vanilla extract alcohol
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There are about 150 varieties of vanilla, though only two are
used commercially--Bourbon and
Tahitian. Vanilla extract is made by percolating or macerating chopped vanilla
beans with at least 35% ethyl alcohol and the balance water mixture. While the
Federal Food and Drug Administration has specific regulations in the
There are no regulations on the quality of the beans, so beans can range from premium-quality to the driest cuts and splits containing only small amounts of natural vanillin. Although 35% is the standard alcohol requirement, premium vanilla extracts often contain a higher percentage of alcohol in order to extract more flavor from the beans. More alcohol is acceptable with the FDA; less than 35% is not.
Although the absolute majority of ‘vanilla extract’ does contain a significant amount of alcohol, there are a few numbered companies which do manufacture and market vanilla extract without alcohol.
Your Question: Is that haram to eat these products?
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 3679 Narrated by Aisha
I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) say: “Every intoxicant is haraam; if a quantity of anything causes intoxication, a handful of it is (also) haraam.”
If the vanilla extract has alcohol amongst its contents, then indeed it would not be lawful for a believer to consume that product.
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