Is Non-Alcoholic Beer Permitted for Muslims?
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Is Non-Alcoholic Beer Permitted for Muslims?

Questioner

Fouad

Reply Date

Apr 01, 2019

Question

Can Muslims drink non-alcoholic beer?

Mufti

Answer


Are Muslims Allowed to Drink Non-Alcoholic Beer?

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:

Based on the principle of blocking the doors to transgression in Islamic jurisprudence, non-alcoholic beer is haram.


Responding to the question, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, states:

Muslims need to understand the process of making so-called non-alcoholic beers or wines. The process to make alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers and wines is the same. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers and wines are haram.

Once the beer or the wine is produced, alcohol is extracted from it to make it non-alcoholic. Never is 100 percent of the alcohol removed.

The Islamic principle is that if the whole of a thing is haram, the part of it is also haram. By that principle, non-alcoholic beers and wines are haram.

Our position is based on the premise that

1- It is drunk as an alternative to something which is haram, that is, alcoholic beer.

2- The culture of wine and beer drinking which the drink entails is non-Islamic and, therefore, haram.

Therefore, based on the principle of blocking the doors to transgression in Islamic jurisprudence, non-alcoholic beer is haram.

 Almighty Allah knows best.

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




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