Office Of Grand Ayatollah Sayyed M.S.Al-Hakeem


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Alcohol
Q [1]  What is your ruling about synthetic alcohol used in creams, shampoos, etc.? Is it Najis?
If the said alcohol causes intoxication then it is considered to be Najis, regardless of whether it is synthetic or not.
Q [2]  I have heard that alcohol that is in perfumes and creams is not intoxicating; is this true? If so, does this mean that these perfumes and creams are not Najis?
If the alcohol itself is intoxicating by nature then it is Najis, even when it is mixed with other substances that makes the mixture non-consumable – due it being harmful or poisonous – or non-intoxicating.
If the alcohol itself is not intoxicating by nature, then it is Tahir.
Q [3]  If one is told that a flavoring may contain trace amounts of ethyl alcohol that would have evaporated during the process of making the flavoring, is it permissible to consume the flavoring? Does it make a difference if one is unsure of the nature of the alcohol, such as if it naturally liquid and such?
If he knows that the alcohol which is added to the flavoring is naturally a liquid intoxicating agent, then it is not permissible to consume it, since such addition makes the flavor Najis, and thus, makes the food Najis and it is prohibited to consume Najis food. If he does not know if the added substance is Najis, then it is permissible to consume the food.
Q [4]  What is your ruling about using perfume which contains alcohol?
It is permissible to use it, but it is Najis if it causes intoxication. When one comes in contact with a Najis Alcohol through application of perfume or otherwise, he must purify himself or his clothing before performing prayers and Tawaaf.
Q [5]  Is it possible for a person to take a medicine that contains alcohol? Is there a limit to the content of alcohol in the medicine?
If the quantity of alcohol that causes intoxication in the medicine is considerable in such a way that the person that uses the medicine is recognized as a consumer of alcohol, then it not permissible to use the medicine as a cure, unless one needs it in order to save his life.
If the quantity of Alcohol was so little and conventionally considered as negligible then it is permissible to use the latter in order to cure the illness in the cases that the cure is limited to such a way.
Q [6]  What is the ruling on using the following products which contain alcohol:
(a) cosmetics and personal care products
(b) pharmaceutical products
(c) cleaning products
(d) homeopathic medicine
If one is aware that alcohol used in the materials mentioned in the question is liquid by nature and an intoxicant then it is treated like wine, so it is prohibited to consume and considered Najis, and it makes other material that comes in contact with it Najis too, whether they are medicine, cosmetics or cleaning material. If it is not know that it is intoxicant or it is not liquid by nature then it is Tahir.
If the cure is limited to the use of medicine that contains Najis things, it is permissible to use it. The usage must not exceed the need.
Q [7]  Is it possible to use mouthwash that contains alcohol?
It is permissible to use the mouthwash even if it contains alcohol. If the alcohol causes intoxication, then one should not swallow the mouthwash that contains such alcohol.
Q [8]  Is it allowed to deliver confectionery products containing alcohol?
It is permissible to do so.
Q [9]  I am currently working as a manager in a supermarket that sells alcohol. If there is lack of staff, I might have to work as a cashier and people might be purchasing alcohol. Am I allowed to work in this store?
It is prohibited to sell wine, even indirectly or by acting on behalf of the company.
Q [10]  Is it permissible to work in a supermarket where alcoholic beverages are sold?
If it does not lead to selling them, then it is permissible.

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