Does Evaporation Make Alcohol Permissible?
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Does Evaporation Make Alcohol Permissible?

Questioner

Hani

Reply Date

Jun 26, 2018

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. Dear Scholar, I want clarification in the matter of foods which are prepared by adding alcoholic drinks in it, such as beer, wine and such. Some give the argument that these are permissible as all the alcohol evaporates from the dish while cooking and only the taste remains. Is there a difference of opinion in this matter among the scholars or a definitive verdict has been concluded, derived from Quran and Sahih Hadith?

Mufti

Answer


Does Evaporation Make Alcohol Permissible

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

Allah and His Prophet forbade the use of wine and alcohol whether we consume it raw or cooked.


Answering your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

I have never come across such a ruling issued from any of the reputable fatwa councils or eminent scholars.  If we are allowed to use such logic, what is preventing us from saying that while we are not to eat the raw flesh of swine, we could eat it once it is cooked! It is no doubt absurd.

Allah and His Prophet forbade the use of wine and alcohol whether we consume it raw or cooked.

Those who use such arguments to permit such use of alcohol are not different from the People of the Book who circumvented the ban on fishing on Saturday by gathering the fish in a pool on Saturday and catching it the next day.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




About Sheikh Ahmad Kutty

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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