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Is it halal to genetically modify plants, and animals for our liking? 2. Will it be halal to consume such meat and vegetables if substitutes are not available?... PDF Print E-mail

Q: 57 – Title: Q : 1. Is it halal to genetically modify plants, and animals for our liking? 2. Will it be halal to consume such meat and vegetables if substitutes are not available?...

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1. Is it halal to genetically modify plants, and animals for our liking? ie. Most of the chickens grown in the United States have been engineered to have larger breasts, smaller thighs, weigh twice as much, and mature twice as fast as natural chickens.

2. Will it be halal to consume such meat and vegetables if substitutes are not available?

3. Many people in the United States are advocating going back to natural plants and animals. As Muslims should we support this cause or keep quiet on it?

4. If a natural grown fruit costs two to three times as much as a genetically modified fruit, will it be considered israaf (wastefulness / extravagance) if one buys the natural fruit instead of the genetically modified one?

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


Assalamu 'alaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

ANSWER TO NO.1, 2 &3:

Allah Ta'ala exhorts us in the Quran Shareef to eat only that which is Wholesome & Pure (Quran 168:2 mankind at large are addressed, Quran 172:2 ; Quran 51:23)

After much study & a complete analysis of a very informative book, Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey M Smith, and also extensive coverage of the following 4 sites; 1) Global research.ca (Seeds of destruction by F.William.Engdahl),2) Seeds of destruction.com, 3) Safeage.org and 4) www.Naturespath.com, we conclude that GM foods are not wholesome. We should completely avoid such foods and encourage others towards growing naturally grown crops & animals.

Hereunder are some quotations from “Seeds of Deception” by Jeffrey M Smith:

1) Arpad Pusztai's most disturbing findings;( a very thorough learned professor in experiment biology for more than 50 years,published nearly 300 scientific articles,authored or edited twelve books and regularly collaborated with other leading researchers around the globe)

1.1) Rats which were fed GM potatoes suffered damaged immune systems. Their white blood cells responded much more sluggishly than those fed a non-GM diet,leaving them more vulnerable to infection & disease.

1.2) Organs related to the immune system,the thymus &spleen,showed some damage as well.

1.3) Compared to rats fed a non-GM control diet,some of the GM-fed rats had smaller ,less developed brains,livers &testicles.

1.4) Some rats had enlarged tissues,including the pancreas &intestines.

1.5) Some showed partial atrophy of the liver

1.6) Significant structural changes & a proliferation of cells in the stomach &intestines of GM-fed rats may have signaled an increased potential for cancer.

1.7) These rats developed these serious health effects after only 10 days,some of which persisted after 110 days,a time period corresponding to about 10 years of human life.

2) Internal memos by scientists warned of toxins,allergies and many new diseases which were all ignored by their superiors.

3) Scientists were offered bribes or threatened. Evidence was stolen. Data was omitted or distorted.

4) Government employees who complained were harassed, stripped of responsibilities, or fired.

5) When a top scientist tried to alert the public about his alarming discoveries, he lost his job and was silenced with threats of a lawsuit.

ANSWER TO NO.4:

Based on the abovementioned extensive research, paying more for better health would not be termed as Israaf (wasting) as this is to protect ones health.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best
Wassalamu 'alaykum

Ml. Muhammad bin Hashim Amod,
Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Ifta, Madrasah In'amiyyah

 

 
Please advise if it is permissible to eat shark meat for Hanafis and Shafis.. PDF Print E-mail

Q: 56 – Title: Please advise if it is permissible to eat shark meat for Hanafis and Shafis...

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Please advise if it is permissible to eat shark meat for Hanafis and Shafis

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In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu 'alaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

According to the Hanafi Mazhab, it is only permissible to consume from the ocean that which is classified as a fish, irrespective of what it feeds on. All other aquatic creatures which are not classified as fish will be considered Haraam.

(Hidayah, vol.4, pg.442, Shika)[1]
(Fatawa Hindiyya, vol.5, pg.289, Rashidiyya)
[2]
(Ad Durrul Mukhtaar, vol.6, pg.306, HM Saeed)

Allamah Damiri (Rahimahullah) has classified sharks as fish.

(Hayatul Hayawan, vol.2, pg.708, Darul Fikr)

The characteristics of a fish are found in the shark. Hence, it will be permissible for a Hanafi to eat shark meat as well as the by-products of sharks.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Wassalamu 'alaykum

Ml. Rayhaan Docrat,
Student Darul Ifta

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Ifta, Madrasah In'amiyyah

 

 
Would it be possible for a Muslim to consume no animal products e.g. meat, cheese, eggs and fish ? PDF Print E-mail

Q: 54 – Title: Would it be possible for a Muslim to consume no animal products e.g. meat, cheese, eggs and fish ?

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Would it be possible for a Muslim to consume no animal products e.g. meat, cheese, eggs and fish ?

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In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu 'alaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Islam does not obligate Muslims to eat all halal foods. Therefore, it is permissible for a Muslim not to eat animal products such as meat, cheese, eggs, and fish.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Wassalamu 'alaykum

Ml. Sajid bin Shabbir,
Student Darul Ifta

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Ifta Madrasah In'amiyyah

 

 
There is a Pillsbury product that contains confectioners glaze, and in that there is shellac. I was wondering if you could look into this and inform on whether or not this is Halaal. PDF Print E-mail

Q: 55 – Title: There is a Pillsbury product that contains confectioners glaze, and in that there is shellac. I was wondering if you could look into this and inform on whether or not this is Halaal.

Question

There is a Pillsbury product that contains confectioners glaze, and in that there is shellac. I was wondering if you could look into this and inform on whether or not this is Halaal.

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu 'alaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

In principle, Insects are not impure as they do not have flowing blood.[1] However, insects (or any part of it) are impermissible to consume due to them being from the ‘khaba’ith’ (filth).[2]

Products containing ingredients derived from insects will only be permissible for external use. Shellac is a secretion derived from a female lac bug. This secretion will be halal based on the analogy of secretion derived from the bee, i.e. honey. However, during the process of manufacturing it into a glazing agent for an edible product, there are possibilities of traces and particles of this bug to be found in the product itself.

Therefore, edible products containing shellac will be unlawful for consumption.

Previously answered by Ml Rayhaan Docrat.

See link; http://www.askimam.org/fatwa/fatwa.php?askid=68c5cc4899891b452d8867903caea0fb

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Wassalamu 'alaykum

Ml. Luqman Hansrot,
Student Darul Ifta

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Ifta, Madrasah In'amiyyah

 

 
Is drinking water is sunnat after food or not necessary to drink water after food? PDF Print E-mail

Q: 53 – Title: Is drinking water is sunnat after food or not necessary to drink water after food?

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Is drinking water is sunnat after food or not necessary to drink water after food?

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu 'alaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Allamah Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله has mentioned that the habit of Nabi salallahu alayhi wasallam was that of not drinking immediately after eating as this is harmful to the digestion process. However, if there is a pressing need to drink immediately after that, then only drink enough to quench the thirst. One may then drink after some time elapses.

NOTE: This elapsed time is estimated to be 20-30 minutes.


ولم يكن من هَدْيه أن يشربَ على طعامه فيُفسده ... ويُكره شرب الماء عقيبَ الرياضة، والتعبِ، وعقيبَ الجِمَاع، وعقيبَ الطعامِ وقبله، وعقيبَ أكل الفاكهة، وإن كان الشربُ عقيبَ بعضِها أسهلَ مِن بعض، وعقب الحمَّام، وعند الانتباه من النوم، فهذا كُلُّهُ منافٍ لحفظ الصحة، ولا اعتبار بالعوائد، فإنها طبائع ثوانٍ.
(زاد المعاد,دار التقوى , ج3, ص114 )

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Wassalamu 'alaykum

Ml. Luqman Hansrot,
Student Darul Ifta

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Ifta, Madrasah In'amiyyah

 

 
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