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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 2nd December 2016 20:35

Dear Wifaqul Ulama,

We are aware of some people’s concerns about traces of tallow in our new five pound note. We respect those concerns and are treating them with the utmost seriousness.

This issue has only just come to light, and the Bank did not know about it when the contract was signed.

Information recently provided by our supplier, Innovia, and its supply chain shows that an extremely small amount of tallow is used in an early stage of the production process of polymer pellets, which are then used to create the base substrate for the five pound note.

Innovia is now working intensively with its supply chain and will keep the Bank informed on progress towards potential solutions.

Bank of England Press Office

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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 2nd December 2016 20:40

Dear *,

Your work and cooperation with Wifaqul Ulama is most appreciated. We have read the piece on CNN and then your Press statement.

Unfortunately, it doesn't go far enough for us to understand the issue. It may be a non-issue but we need to get some facts. We need to know 2 things:

  1. What is the source of the animal Tallow? If its beef or non-porcine (pork) based it is likely to be fine for us.
  2. Does the animal tallow change (in properties and characteristics) as part of the manufacturing process? For example, animal tallow is used in manufacturing soap but it has no impact on Muslims because during saponification (process of making soap) the tallow no longer remains tallow.

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Dear Wifaqul Ulama,

I’m afraid that we don’t have any more information than what we’ve released. As the statement says, Innovia are working with their supply chain so I don’t know when we’ll know more.

Bank of England Press Office


 

Dear *,

 It is vital to know what kind of animal this tallow is coming from for Muslims.

Your time is most appreciated. but please persist with your query. Surely Innovia will be able to verify the source of the tallow to the Bank of England.

Thank You

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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 2nd December 2016 21:00
In conclusion, based on current factual information one may act on taqwa and remove these notes before praying. However, it would be permissible to pray with these notes on one’s person due to the most reasonable likelihood that the tallow has changed during the polymerisation process and the unnecessary difficulty removing notes would bring about.

Full Fatwa here

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