Obesity in the Ummah – The Struggle For Wasat

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Let’s talk about overeating.  It’s a touchy subject, so I’ll start.  Over the span of 13 years I gave birth to 5 children and I also gained quite a lot of weight.  I’d like to blame the extra pounds completely on my pregnancies and the stress of motherhood, but that would be disingenuous. The truth is, I became overweight primarily because I turned to food — which is supposed to be healthy fuel for my body — as a source of comfort, happiness, stress relief, and indulgence. I consistently consumed more calories than I burned off, and I ate too many foods that were high in sugar and fat, but low in nutrients.  It wasn’t that I had zero willpower; every Ramadan, I could summon up the necessary self control to fast from dawn until sunset, like billions of other Muslims. Yet somehow, for the rest of the year, I couldn’t stop myself from saying “yes” to every chocolate chip cookie I met.

Why couldn’t I control my eating on a consistent basis? Why did my willpower go out the window as soon as Ramadan was over?  I have always understood that our deen is one of wasat, or balance, and that we should not go to extremes in anything, including how much we consume.  Our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) famously said, “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air.” (al-Tirmidhi).

Was I lacking faith? Was there something inherently wrong with me that made me overindulge?  Would I ever reclaim the fit, trim body of my youth and reestablish a healthy relationship with food?

It turns out that Muslims like me who have struggled with overeating and/or obesity are certainly not alone.  According to a 2018 report by the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. Muslim-majority countires have the dubious distinction of leading the pack. Currently nine of the twenty most obese nations on earth are, ironically, countires where the majority of residents spend an entire month of each year fasting!  Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates all share undesirable positions among the highest ranks of the world’s fattest nations.

One 2013 medical study claims, “Adolescent obesity has reached a critical level in the Arab countries. Therefore there is an urgent need to establish programs to prevent and control obesity among schoolchildren in these countries.” In Pakistan, the outlook is similarly grim, according to a medical review undertaken in 2016 which concludes,  “Pakistan is currently suffering from an emerging epidemic of obesity. Effective interventions are required at population level to prevent and control this emerging public health issue.”

For most Muslims who grew up in the West, unhealthy food has been around for as long as we can remember.  Those of us who are currently middle aged have been surrounded by junk food — or at least images of it — since we were born.  If we watched TV, we grew up seeing thousands of clever, seductive commercials for Coke, McDonalds, Doritos, Oreos, and dozens of other processed and highly addictive foods. We have been exposed to these temptations nearly everywhere we have gone: school cafeterias, supermarket checkout lines, shopping malls, parties, sporting events, movie theaters, and even book stores.

Isra Hashmy sees the ramifications of this lifestyle in her position as a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital where she has managed the diabetic patient population in a primary care clinic. Hashmy says, “The Muslims in the West, whether born and raised or immigrated, have adopted the fast food culture. They get food from drive-thrus, donuts before work, and order pizza at night. Due to the busy, fast-paced life of living in the West, they eat out more, which means more fried foods, high fructose, saturated and trans fats.”

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“Their lifestyle,” Hashmy adds, “does not lend itself to burning all the extra calories and fat they are consuming. They sit for eight or more hours and then get into a car, sit in traffic, and go home only to eat, and go to bed soon after. The issue is there is no movement and no nutrient-dense foods.”

The problem of fast food is not limited to people in the West, Hashmy says.  “Having traveled to Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, there is a common thread among them that I’ve seen which is food delivery services are incredibly popular. Families will order food from restaurants around town to bring the food home, and now there is not even a need to go out. The lifestyle also does not help to burn the extra calories. The weather has made it such that people sleep very late, eat at late hours, and then wake up late.”

And yet, East or West, not all people are obese.  Why is this? Do some people just have stronger willpower?  A higher level of imaan?  Good genes?

Though weight loss programs have been trying to unlock that secret for nearly six decades (one of the first, and most famous, Weight Watchers, was founded in 1963), obesity is still on the rise in most parts of the world.  Every year new trends tap into the weight loss niche and promise results, but few seem to deliver lasting solutions. Some fads are difficult to follow and others have questionable health benefits. For people hoping to lose weight, it can be very hard to know which plan will actually work, and which one will be sustainable in the long run.  There are also stigmas attached with being overweight that make some people afraid to seek help for their problem.

In an article called “Are physicians biased against overweight patients?,” author Rita Rubin, MA, asserts, “A 2015 review of literature on weight bias in healthcare found considerable evidence that negative attitudes and stereotypes about people with obesity influence physicians’ judgment, behavior, patient perceptions and even decision-making. Research has found doctors show less respect for overweight patients, spend less time with them in the exam room and feel justified to address excess weight ‘every chance they get.’”

Hashmy believes that Muslims face some additional challenges: “One stigma I find in Muslims who want to lose weight is they feel they are being vain, and it’s not in the religion to care about looks. A lot of education is needed to let them see, this is basic health. This is not about being vain, it’s about taking care of yourself, which is a requirement of our deen.”

Shabana Haxton, a Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist who works with patients with diabetes as well as bariatric surgery candidates, agrees that Muslims might have to overcome some extra obstacles.  In her profession she has worked with numerous Muslim clients who want and need to lose weight. “I believe emotional eating is very common in our community,” Haxton says. “We show love via food. If you go to someone’s house and do not eat a lot, it is an insult to the host. The host keeps putting food on your plate, etc.”

It’s clear that Mulsims tend to love and treasure their native cuisine.  Whether it’s biryani, maqlooba, kebab, bastilla, roti, or shawarma, the traditional food of a Muslim’s heritage is usually cherished, shared, and enjoyed with gusto.  While Allah SWT has forbidden recreational drugs and alcohol, most foods are halal. Therefore at almost every Muslim celebration — from Eid and iftaar parties to weddings to aqeeqas — food is always present, in abundance, taking center stage.  With cultures that celebrate primarily with food, plus a religious tradition that might seem to downplay the importance of physical appearance, plus the other stigmas that overweight people in general face, Muslims are in a particular bind.  What is the first step they should take, if they need to lose weight?

Hashmy suggests, “My first advice is to switch your meals. Generally, most people have their biggest meal at night, at dinner. I tell them to make lunch their biggest meal and dinner something lighter. Due to the fact that they are most likely less active at night, there is a greater chance of burning the calories consumed from lunch than a dinner they had at 9:00 pm or later.”

Haxton asserts that first — and crucially — overweight people must “Admit that they have a problem. Seek help. Over-consumption of food is not just a physical problem. It is a biological, social and emotional problem. Until we all get to the root of the problem we will not be able to succeed.”  She warns, “If we do lose weight by a fad diet, it will come back because the root cause is not fixed.”

My own experience confirms Haxton’s opinion.  Over the years I’ve tried several diets, but none addressed the core issues — my addiction to sugar and my emotional dependence on food. Alhamdullilah, last May, a friend told me about a book that would change my life and my way of thinking about food: Bright Line Eating:  The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free by Susan Pierce Thompson, Ph.D.

Bright Line Eating (known as BLE) is based on the science of addiction and was developed by Thompson, a former professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences who focused her doctoral studies on the elusive topic of weight loss.  In her book, Thompson describes how sugar and flour act like drugs in our brain, causing some people — particularly those who are highly susceptible — to be addicted to them in the same way others are hooked on heroin or cocaine. Thompson lists concrete steps we can take to overcome food addiction and to reclaim our health. Her four “Bright Lines” are clear boundaries we must not cross, and by following them diligently we rewire our brain to help us eat in a healthier way, with less cravings, less stress, and less reliance on fickle willpower.

It is no exaggeration to say that Bright Line Eating has transformed my life.  I now understand why I overindulged for many years, and why the temptation to eat unhealthy foods was so great. “Moderation” is nearly impossible for an addict. One bite of an addictive food makes your brain crave more.  I had gained weight not because I was weak, lazy, or uncommitted to my faith or my health. It was because of the two drug-like substances — sugar and flour that were making my brain beg me for the next “hit.”

Alhamdulillah, as of this writing I have followed Bright Line Eating for nearly eight months. In that time I have lost a substantial amount of weight, healed many weight-related health problems, and improved my relationship with food so that I no longer feel desperate for unhealthy options. I now enthusiastically recommend Thompson’s book to everyone who questions me about my very visible, very positive transformation.

To my overweight brothers and sisters, I send encouragement and hope.  There are solutions to your problems, professionals who are willing to help with compassion and knowledge, and weight loss plans that do work. Do not feel that you are a weak Muslim or an unworthy person if you struggle with overeating.  Scientists and doctors are still discovering what causes unhealthy eating patterns, and they increasingly realize that obesity is not due to laziness or any other character flaw.  If you are struggling with your weight, know that your Creator gave you a body as an amanah and that seeking help to improve your health is a sign of gratitude to Him.

Obesity in the Ummah – The Struggle For Wasat

‘HALAAL’ MELROSE BACON CHEESE

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‘HALAAL’ MELROSE BACON CHEESE

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Yet another MJC PORK debacle has surfaced in the form of ‘halaal’ bacon flavoured cheese. Like its illegitimate sister, SANHA, the Zindeeq MJC has been able to offer only a flaccid, monotonous ‘synthetic’ PORK stupid comment to confuse and mislead baboons.

VILE MJC PORK SCANDAL

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CLASSIC PROCESSED PRODUCTS

ANOTHER VILE MJC PORK SCANDAL

THE DESPERATE COVER-UP HAS MISERABLY FAILED. MJC ‘HALAAL’ INSPECTOR EXPOSES THE PORK SCANDAL

Anwar Dolley worked for the haraam MJC carrion outfit for 6 years as a ‘halaal’ inspector at CLASSIC PROCESSED PRODUCTS in Markman Township, Port Elizabeth. In total and flagrant violation of the rubbish ‘halaal’ certificate issued by the MJC Carrion cartel, the company persisted with its PORK products despite the repeated warnings of the inspector.

All the complaints and desperate please of the Halaal Inspector yielded no results whatsoever. The company continued with its PORK products, and the haraam MJC Carrion firm swept the swine rot and filth under the carpet whilst Classic continued to ‘enjoy’ the Devil’s ‘halaal’ certificate to market its haraam products.

Hereunder we reproduce all the information provided by Anwar Dolley. The information is reproduced without editing even a dot.

AsalAamu alaikum my name is Anwar Dolley I recently worked at Classic processed products in Markman port Elizabeth, I got fired coz I couldn’t work in a pork environment. I reported to sheikh Moosa Titus and moulaana abdurragmaan Nackerdien from December 2018 until August 2019.

Classic processed products was importing pork spare ribs and various other pork products and cross contamination was happening daily. Both sheikh Moosa and moulaana abdurragmaan knew about it. I have all the emails and pictures that I took regarding this.

Classic processed products is refusing to pay my last salary and even threatened me that I’ll never find work again matter of fact work under mjc the matter is referred to ccma. When I asked sheikh Moosa for some financial assistance he blatantly blocked me on whatsapp, until today classic processed products is still Halaal certified under mjc. I have lost almost all my belongings due to the fact that I thought mjc was behind as I was fighting for the Deen of Islam but clearly that’s not the case.Hope you find this information useful. See attachments for pictures. I was also threatened by moulaana abdurragmaan Nackerdien that if I go public with this there will be consequences mjcht have done nothing for me, I have send sheikh achmat sedick and the president of the mjc this information but they never came back to me. I’m very disappointed in the mjc as my family is suffering I have nothing to lose so please get back to me regarding this. All I want is that mjc must give me another job and replace all my belongings I had to sell to survive.

I worked 6 years at this company as a Halaal monitor wothout any training from the mjc yet I managed to do it all on my own alhamdulilaah.

Shukraan

Anwar Dolley

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Shahid Esau: Wa alaikumus salaam Anwar. I did receive your message and will address the matter with Sh Achmad Sedick this morning, in-sha-Allah. I will revert to you afterwards. Shukran for raising this matter. Take care and salaam, Sh Shahid Esau

: Slm what have the mjc decided

Shahid Esau: Slm, Sh Moosa is unfortunately on leave this week. I have informed Sh Achmad and await his response. We’ll meet with Sh Moosa next Monday, in-sha-Allah. Your understanding and patience in this regard are appreciated. Shukran. Slm, Sh Shahid

: I’ve lost alot during this whole ordeal even my health deteriorated my family is suffering coz mjc couldn’t suspend that certificate they knew about it for 9 months they did nothing I had to work everyday looking at that pork and I decided enough is enough I’m not threatening mjc but if they don’t come and address this issue I’ll go public I have all the emails and the pictures with this

: Slm Sh shahid due to rumours that abdurragmaan Nackerdien is spreading of me Im sorry to say that I’ll expose the mjc he is making my name very bad with my family I had enough of all this lies that he is spreading

Slm how far have you come with this

Good Day

Attention: David Roets

Sir.

Without Prejudice

We had a meeting at our Offices in Cape Town with our Eastern Cape Inspector Moulana Abdurahmaan Nackerdien who is the MJC Halaal Trust appointed inspector at Classic Foods. He advised us that despite the repeated instructions to remove the Pork nothing was done. area .We are extremely disappointed we the lack of urgency shown to this grave violation of the MJC Halaal Trust Halaal Standards This our Final warning to you on this matter. The MJC Halaal Trust is extremely disappointed that no corrective action had been taken DISPITE our repeated instructions for remedial steps to be taken to remedy the situation

We have given instructions today at our Offices to Moulana Abdurahmaan Nackerdien to do an unannounced inspection visit of Classic Meats and if he find that the PORK is still present and no corrective action had been taken as requested by both him and our offices that must remove and suspend the certificate the Certificate with immediate effect.

We trust that you do understand our position in this matter

Regards

Sheikh Moosa Titus

Chief Operations Officer

[10/21, 17:36] .: This email was sent 27th June 2019

[10/21, 17:36] .: By sheikh Moosa Titus

[10/22, 15:29] .: Slm

[10/22, 15:29] .: You are also just ignoring me

[10/24, 15:07] .: Slm

[10/24, 15:08] .: Have anything been done

[10/24, 15:45] .: All I want is a job that’s all I’ve been dedicated to mjc all along for 6 years

[10/24, 16:25] Shahid Esau: Slm Anwar, I’ve been in contact with Sh Achmad & Sh Moosa. Yesterday I had a meeting with Sh Moosa to discuss your issue. He will forward me an official report today, in-sha-Allah. I’ll let you know of any development. Shukran. Slm, Sh Shahid

[10/24, 16:25] .: Shukraan for your time and effort

[10/26, 14:26] .: AsalAamu alaikum sheikh shahid I would like to know if you or the mjc can’t assist me with my rent this month kanala I have nowhere to go and I have applied for uif but it will only get paid end of next month, my rent is R2500 and water and electricity R400 I am in desperate need as my landlord is threatening to throw me and my family on the street. Let me know if you can assist any contribution would be appreciated.

Shukraan.

[10/29, 09:40] .: Slm any feedback yet

[10/31, 11:33] .: Slm what I clearly don’t understand is why isn’t that company certificate being removed for how many months the pork was on site while I reported it nothing was done ever since I’m gone there I heard that they removed all pork, was this something personal against me or Islam coz clearly this was a urgent matter and yet you are also not doing anything about it. What must I do should I go public with this or should I keep quiet and be a traitor of Islam. Mjc made over quarter million each year just for sending a piece of paper while I was doing the work without any training from mjc. I’m done sending you messages I will only be satisfied if Classic processed products certificate is removed and it is made public that they are no longer Halaal and that sheikh Moosa and Moulaana Abdurragmaan Nackerdien should be fired from their positions coz they are incompetent. Get back to me at the end of this day shukraan.

[11/2, 06:34] .: Slm I need a straight answer what is mjc going to do about it

[11/4, 12:21] .: Anything

[11/4, 17:46] Shahid Esau: Slm Anwar, Sh Moosa has submitted his report which was received by Sh Achmad. The issue at Classic was dealt with and the certificate was reinstated after it was suspended. The issue of your dismissal was a labourer-employee one and not related to the other issue.

Regarding your request for a job, this was referred to Sh Moosa for consideration, subject to availability. Kindly liaise with Sh Moosa and Sh Achmad in this regard. Your understanding is much appreciated. Best wishes and salaam, Sh Shahid

[11/4, 17:48] .: That certificate was never suspended

[20/11, 16:49] : This was the conversation I had with shahid esau of mjc

[20/11, 16:49] : That’s abdurragmaan Nackerdien

[20/11, 16:49] : From Anwar Dolly

(End of Anwar Dolley’s information)

The information provided by the MJC’s own halaal inspector should serve as an eyeopener to the addicts of carrion. Many eyeopeners have been published in the past. This current one serves to highlight the PORK brains, the kufr and the crookedness of the MJC sheikhs whose sole concern is the haraam boodle which they are annually netting in tens of millions of rands. What are they doing with all this ill-gotten boodle?

Any person who devours any meat products certified by the MJC or even SANHA, needs to examine his/her Imaan. The deluge of haraam, even pork, which people have been devouring for years have incorrigibly corroded their Imaan.

24 Rabiul Awwal 1441 – 22 November 2019

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SANHA CONCEDES ITS OWN LACK OF SUPERVISION

SANHA CONCEDES ITS OWN LACK OF SUPERVISION

A Brother writes:

After the recent SANHA ham flavoring saga some concerned brother raised some questions. I prompted the brothers to contact SANHA themselves for clarity on the question which infact is very interesting.

They wanted to know if SANHA approves a product do they only inspect the factory where the final product is made or do they also inspect the factories/ laboratories where other ingredients are manufactured. i.e other ingredients present in the final product

For example SANHA approves Lays chips. But lays do not manufacture every ingredient in the Lays chips themselves. Additives such as flavoring, colorants, MSG, etc are all sourced from suppliers. The question is, does SANHA know what is going on in the factories/Labs of the suppliers of each and every ingredient present in the Lays chips. Is there a chance of contamination, what else is being produced in these factories/Labs, what extraction methods are being used to manufacture these additives, is there ethanol present in the extraction process, etc etc. At times there are up to 20 different ingredients in a single packet of chips. Does SANHA visit the suppliers of all these ingredients.

The answer to all of this was honestly answered by SANHA themselves in one simple question

CALLER: ……. So if Lays source their colorants and flavorings from another factory do you guys go to that factory where they getting their ingredients for inspection aswell

ANSWER GIVEN: There is a check in but obviously it would not be at the same level because ummm, Im just giving you hypothetically, if Lays has a SANHA agreement with us then we would check their stuff but we wouldn’t now just say everyone… for example if the product is halaal certified we would not just be able to get into everyone’s factory unless they have an agreement with SANHA also. But the ingredients is checked properly

It is amazing to see that SANHA so confident to put their stamps on products that have ingredients that they themselves haven’t seen being manufactured, who knows what goes on in the hundred’s of suppliers factories and Labs. A simple internet search will prove that many food additives go through heavy chemical processes involving various types of alcohols and animal derivatives. And even if an ingredient is known not to have alcohol or animal derivatives who can guarantee no contamination in factories without physically visiting these factories.

Jazakallah for always standing up and warning us. Hadhrat has for years warned us about these type of issues but people find it very difficult to believe.

May Allah Ta’ala allow us to continue taking maximum benefit from Hadhrat

The brother who made the call wishes to remain anonymous

(End of letter)
OUR COMMENT

Supervision by SANHA and all other shaitaani carrion halaalizers, is a massive lie, falsehood and hoax to deceive the stupid masses who have become addicted to devour carrion like vultures.

We have explained in several articles that it is humanly impossible to supervise the billions of kuffaar factories and other links in the chain of production. The innumerable ingredients are camouflaged with hieroglyphics, chemical names, many unpronounceable, and with deceptive e-numbers, many representing swine derivatives. All of this is acceptable to SANHA and the cartel of carrion halaalizers.

In the answer which the SANHA shaitaan gave to the Brother, is a clear admission of SANHA’s unawareness of the ingredients which it halaalizes. The whole filthy devilish mess centres around only haraam boodle. Boodle is the only objective for the shaitaani profession of halaalizing carrion.

17 Muharram 1441 – 17 September 2019

A ‘HALAAL’ LICENSE FOR RUM AND BRANDY

A ‘HALAAL’ LICENSE FOR RUM AND BRANDY

ALL LIQUOR IS KHAMR

“When the Prohibition of khamr was revealed, it (khamr) was from five sources: grapes, dates, wheat, barley and honey. Khamr is whatever convolutes the brain.

Restricting it (the prohibition) to grape (liquor) is meaningless. The element in prohibition (tahreem) is the convolution of the brain. Its little leads to much, hence the view of prohibition is Waajib.

It is not permissible today for anyone to opine the permissibility of the (liquor) acquired from sources other than grapes and to use less than the intoxicating limit.

Yes, there were some among the Sahaabah and Taabieen to whom the Hadith did not initially reach, hence they are excused. However, when the Hadith became well known and the matter clear, and the Hadith: “People from my Ummah will certainly consume liquor giving it some other name”, was authenticated, then there remained no excuse (for claiming liquor to be permissible). May Allah Ta’ala protect us and the Muslimeen from it (liquor).”
(Hujjatullaahil Baalighah – Shah Waliyullah Dehlawi)

THE CONVOLUTED FATWA
RUM IS ‘HALAAL’ LIQUOR !!!

BAATIL FATWAS TO HALAALIZE LIQUOR ARE SIGNS OF QIYAAMAH

Please comment on the following fatwa issued by Mufti Ebrahim Desai. The following question was posed to him:

Question

Asslamoalaikum,

On your website, you state that vanilla extract (minimum of 35% alcohol) is permissible for use in flavoring in ice cream or cakes since it’s alcohol is not Khamr (derived from grapes or dates). Vanilla extract can cause intoxication if someone drinks it directly.

My question is, if an ice cream or cake lists rum as ingredient for flavoring would be permissible? Rum is usually 40% alcohol and derived from sugar cane. The amount of rum in such an ice cream or cake is not large enough to cause intoxication.

If this is not permissible, could you please explain how rum as an alcoholic flavoring agent would be different from vanilla extract?

Jazak Allah khair, wasslam

The Mufti gave the following absolutely corrupt fatwa:

Answer

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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

You refer to our position on vanilla extract. You then enquire about rum as an ingredient in ice cream and cakes based on the analogy of our ruling on vanilla extract. Your analogy is correct.

In principle, alcohol derived from dates and grapes is prohibited. Therefore, any product containing alcohol derived from any source besides dates and grapes is permissible on condition: (Absolutely baatil – baseless, false and stupid. Rasulullah – sallallahu alayhi wasallam – said that anything which intoxicates in big quantity, its small quantity too is haraam. – Mujlisul Ulama.)
1. It does not intoxicate.

2. It is not generally used by people who drink intoxicants. (In fact, 90% of all liquor is made from non-grape alcohol. It is this type of alcohol that is mostly used. The Mufti’s claim is baatil. –Mujlisul Ulama)
Rum, in drink form, is generally used by people who drink intoxicants, hence not permissible. (He is in contradiction of his condition No.2 – Mujlisul Ulama)

However, ice cream, cakes, chocolates and similar off the shelf products which contain very low amounts of rum are not consumed only by such people. They are used by one and all and are also not regarded as a main feature of the gatherings of sinful people (Faasiqs) as is the case with intoxicants. Such products are similar to soft drinks which are permissible. (Our refutation of this ghutha/rubbish claim will appear later in the ensuing pages, Insha-Allah. – Mujlisul Ulama).

The above answer is based on principle. If one abstains from such products, that is Taqwa. (End of the Mufti’s fatwa) – The answer is not based on any sound Shar’i principle. It is an answer sucked out from the nafs to appease the masses who indulge in devouring haraam. – Mujlisul Ulama)
OUR COMMENT

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RUM IS HARAAM LIQUOR

RUM IS HARAAM LIQUOR

BAATIL FATWAS TO HALAALIZE LIQUOR ARE SIGNS OF QIYAAMAH

Please comment on the following fatwa issued by Mufti Ebrahim Desai. The following question was posed to him:

Question

Asslamoalaikum,

On your website, you state that vanilla extract (minimum of 35% alcohol) is permissible for use in flavoring in ice cream or cakes since it’s alcohol is not Khamr (derived from grapes or dates). Vanilla extract can cause intoxication if someone drinks it directly.

My question is, if an ice cream or cake lists rum as ingredient for flavoring would be permissible? Rum is usually 40% alcohol and derived from sugar cane. The amount of rum in such an ice cream or cake is not large enough to cause intoxication.

If this is not permissible, could you please explain how rum as an alcoholic flavoring agent would be different from vanilla extract?

Jazak Allah khair, wasslam

The Mufti gave the following fatwa:

Answer

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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

You refer to our position on vanilla extract. You then enquire about rum as an ingredient in ice cream and cakes based on the analogy of our ruling on vanilla extract. Your analogy is correct.

In principle, alcohol derived from dates and grapes is prohibited. Therefore, any product containing alcohol derived from any source besides dates and grapes is permissible on condition.

1. It does not intoxicate.

2. It is not generally used by people who drink intoxicants.

Rum, in drink form, is generally used by people who drink intoxicants, hence not permissible.

However, ice cream, cakes, chocolates and similar off the shelf products which contain very low amounts of rum are not consumed only by such people. They are used by one and all and are also not regarded as a main feature of the gatherings of sinful people (Faasiqs) as is the case with intoxicants. Such products are similar to soft drinks which are permissible.

The above answer is based on principle. If one abstains from such products, that is Taqwa. (End of the Mufti’s fatwa)
OUR COMMENT

This is one of the typical zig-zig ‘fatwas’ which have become characteristic of Mufti Ebrahim Desai. The resort to technicalities and the portrayal of stark ignorance of the prevailing circumstances are appalling for a Mufti. When a fatwa is issued, it is for public consumption. A Mufti who is unable to understand the evil and harmful implications of his fatwas, should abandon the post. He is not fit to issue fatwas because his fatwas magnify the evil chasm already existing between Muslims and Allah Ta’ala. Instead of giving Muslims the lesson of Taqwa with fatwa, this Mufti enhances the current state of fisq and fujoor in which Muslims are wallowing.

Every Muslim, even a faasiq who consumes khamr understands that all forms of liquor are haraam, not only grape and date liquor. Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu alahu) described all forms of liquor to be ‘khamr’ regardless of the source from which it is derived. Hadhrat Umar’s Fatwa ignores the technicality of the khamr argument, and emphasizes the prohibition of all forms of alcohol, not of only grape alcohol. The technical arguments and factors are meant for burial in the kutub, and Hadhrat Umar’s Fatwa is meant for practical application.

There is no need to delve into the technical arguments which this Mufti has proffered for justifying rum and the other 99% of liquors available on the market. With his fatwa he has opened the doors wide, extremely wide, for desensitizing Muslim inhibition to liquor and for the eventual consumption of liquor by dubbing it with fanciful names as predicted by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). He follows in the footsteps of the SANHA devil who has desensitized, in fact obliterated, Muslim inhibition to carrion. While SANHA and the other shayaateen outfits halaalize carrion, Mufti Ebrahim Desai leans backwards to halaalize liquor.

The simple and straight forward Fatwa for Muslims is that all forms of alcohol / liquor are HARAAM, and may not be used as ingredients in cakes, icecream or any edible products. All edible products containing rum or any other liquor ingredient are HARAAM. This is the Fatwa of all FOUR Math-habs. The Fatwa of the Hanafi Math-hab is the Fatwa of Imaam Muhammad (Rahmatullah alayh), and this has been the Hanafi stance since the era of Khairul Quroon. But, the zig zag muftis of today are labouring satanically to cancel the official stance of the Math-hab with their stupid zig zag fatwas. They are driven by the nafs and they are out to court the pleasure of the juhala.

The technicality of Imaam Abu Hanifah’s view may not be presented to upset and abolish the 13 century Fatwa of the Hanafi Math-hab which conforms to the Fatwa of the other three Math-habs. Mufti Ebrahim Desai is not a mujtahid. He is increasingly leaning towards liberalism and modernism. Many of his fatwas are corrupt. Instead of guiding Muslims towards Allah Ta’ala, he misleads them with his zig zag fatwas.

The presentation of copious Arabic texts from the kutub is stupid and its objective is to awe and impress the juhala awaam who do not understand head or tail of the Arabic references. It is a stupid attempt to flaunt ‘knowledge’. But knowledge is being flaunted and presented in a manner which ruins the Imaan of the masses. These are the types of molvis and sheikhs about whom Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Verily, I fear for my Ummat the aimmah mudhilleen.”

They are the molvis and sheikhs who mislead the Ummah with their zig zag corrupt fatwas. In these times of molvi-sheikh fitnah, people should resort to the advice of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) who said:

‘SEEK A FATWA FROM YOUR HEART.”

26 Zil Hijjah 1440 – 28 August 2019

SANHA THE EXPERT PORK HALAALIZER

SANHA THE EXPERT PORK HALAALIZER

QUESTION

Please find attached picture of chips and explanation given by SANHA for the permissibility of the HAM flavour in the chips. Are these HAM-flavoured chips halaal?
ANSWER

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Seek a fatwa from your heart.” If the Muslim’s heart has not been darkened and convoluted with the addiction of haraam carrion, pork and the like of satanic food, then the fatwa which will emanate from a healthy Imaan will be adequate for guidance regardless of any corrupt, zig zag fatwa any mufti issues to halaalize the HAM favour or any other haraam ingredient of which there is a deluge in all commercial products halaalized by the haraam, shaitaani carrion-certifying outfits such as SANHA, MJC, NIHT, etc.
SANHA’s explanation of ‘synthetic’ pork, bacon and ham will soothe the Devil and his progeny. It does not satisfy those whose Imaan is intact and untarnished by carrion consumption. The questioner says:

“According to SANHA this was not fraudulent usage of their logo as the product uses synthetic ham flavouring and is produced in a SANHA certified plant.”
The whole certifying mess is a massive FRAUD akin to kufr. While this jaahil, zindeeq SANHA group of carrion halaalizers does “not
permit the logo to be appended on any product which has connotation with Haraam such as ham, bacon, etc.’, the pork substance is produced in a SANHA-certified plant. What happens in these certified plants is the action of Iblees. The claim of supervision by any of these carrion juhala is a massive LIE. Haraam ingredients are utilized in almost all ‘halaal’ certified products.

The appearance of the HAM ingredient on the packets of haraam chips is not a mistake. These satanic ‘mistakes’ are a recurring issue. When consumers discover the ‘mistake’, then only will SANHA come to know of it. In the numerous cases of malpractice ‘mistakes’, the discoveries were made by only consumers, never by SANHA’s so-called supervisors. The claim of supervision is a satanic lie and rubbish.

If the satanic ‘halaal’ SANHA logo is not permitted by SANHA to appear on packets if the product contains synthetic HAM, then by what logic does SANHA certify the plants where such HAM is produced? The convolution of SANHA’s illogical principle is the effect of the crave for haraam boodle which is extracted from entrepreneurs against their volition.
Sight should not be lost from the fact that the so-called synthetic HAM does have the flavour and odour of real VARK (SWINE FLESH). Minus these essential pork-aligning attributes, ham-flavour will be meaningless. Even if the satanic food of synthetic HAM is without any real pig ingredient, it will be HARAAM to consume it. It is haraam for a man to say that he is having sexual relations with a prostitute when the woman is his wife. If at the time of sexual indulgence with his wife, he ruminates on another woman, then this ‘synthetic’ sex with the prostitute in mind will be recorded as zina in his Book of Deeds by the Recording Angel.

SANHA and the conglomeration of other carrion halaalizing outfits have absolutely no valid argument for certifying the meat and chicken establishments of the kuffaar. Their only valid shaitaani argument to soothe themselves is the boodle factor. For the sake of haraam monetary gain, they have ruined the Imaan of ignorant Muslims, their own Imaan and have driven themselves towards the precincts of kufr with their brazen and blatant violation of Allah’s commands.

Muslims who devour the meat, chicken, chip and other such products certified by SANHA and the other shayaateen outfits, have no valid argument to justify their haraam consumption. On the Day of Qiyaamah, passing the blame to SANHA will be of no avail.

“And, eat from the wholesome and lawful (halaal and tayyib) foods which Allah has provided for you, and fear Allah in Whom you believe.” (Al-Maaidah, Aayat 88)

20 Zil Hajj 1440 – 22 August 2019