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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.
The show of respect in Islam is done through offering greetings of peace between individuals regardless of gender, and handshakes between individuals of the same gender. This is the customary practice and religious etiquette when Muslims meet each other in social gatherings.
This custom is different between Muslims and those from other communities. In a multi-religious society and secular country such as Singapore, it is customary to offer a handshake to welcome and show respect to neighbours, friends and colleagues, or to show appreciation at events and ceremonies. This practice is in line with the Islamic principle of preserving the larger common good, especially when Muslims live alongside, and frequently interact with other communities in a multi-religious society.
In particular, at state and national-level events and ceremonies, the principle of the secular government should be upheld and the norms of courtesy and social interaction in our multi-racial and multi-religious society should be observed by all communities, including Muslims. In such contexts, it is appropriate for Muslims to shake the hands of the GOH, regardless of gender, race and religion. Similarly, at public service ceremonies, Muslim public officers are expected to observe this protocol in receiving awards from GOHs which applies to all award recipients.