Even though the products contain low alcohol
content (less than 0.5%) and/or have zero alcohol content and/or have its alcohol
removed, the process of manufacturing the products is similar to the manufacturing
of alcohol (khamr1). Thus,
it is Haram even though the small amount of alcohol in the products does not
individual to be intoxicated.
products are being marketed in a manner that is similar to alcoholic beverages.
Islam forbids an event that has resemblance or events that can lead to Haram
activities, even though, in its’ natural state, is permissible. This is aligned
with a principle in the Sharia’ known as sad
Thus, products that
meet the first or second criteria or meet both criteria are considered
non-halal for Muslims consumption.
1 kahmr – An intoxicating drink containing ethanol &
other components such as methanol, acetaldehyde and ethyl acetate which is
produced by fermentation of carbohydrates or drinks containing ethanol and/or
methanol as ingredient.
2 Sadd al-dhara’i‘means,
literally, "blocking the means", i.e. to undesirable ends, in other
words, forbidding what is likely to lead to the haram. The basis of this
principle is contained in the Qur'an where Allah says: "Do not swear at
those who call on other gods than Allah, so that they will then swear at Allah
in enmity, without any knowledge. …." (Q.6:108). Allah has thus made it haram to swear at the gods of others, to
avoid them cursing back at Allah. Another example usually highlighted by our
past scholars like Imam An-Nawawi, is the issue of accepting and giving gifts
for officials. Even though the act of giving a gift itself in essence is
virtuous, hence permissible, scholars clearly discouraged those holding on to
official posts to accept gifts from the public, as it could be perceived as a
bribe. Please refer to: al-Asyqar,Sulayman ‘Abdullah, al-Wadih fi Usul
al-Fiqh, (Amman: Dar al-Salam, 2001) 159.
clients requiring halal food for events held at non-halal certified hotels, we
do offer the services that you require which is the Ad-Hoc Halal Certification
offer 3 Packages for this service:
Package A, which comprises of both ritual
cleansing and food verification service;
Package B, which comprises of the ritual
cleansing service only and
Package C, which comprises of the food
verification service only.
generally recommend Package A to our clients, as it is inclusive of both
services that are essential in assuring that the food that will be served in
the event is halal-compliant.
To apply for our Ad Hoc Halal Certification Services, you would have to
complete our application form and forward us the completed copy, along with
menu card for the event and supporting halal certificates for its ingredients,
latest by 14 working days before date of event. We will alert you should there
be any shortcomings in your application and give you a deadline to rectify.
After all the requirements have been met, we will process the application and
issue you an invoice within 5 working days.
do note that we are unable to make any arrangement for the date and timing of
the cleansing as it is subject to our contractors' schedule. However, we will
take note of the requested date, and will provide their contact numbers when we
issue you your invoice, to which you may proceed to liaise with them directly.
All Halal applications have to be made via the Muis eHalal System (MeS) at http://ehalal.muis.gov.sg. You may wish to refer to the steps below for clearer idea:
Generally there are 3 types of requirements in the Halal application process: