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Glycol and Glycerine

Last updated: 22nd December 2012
Question ID: #4199
Short URL: http://qa.muftisays.com/?4199
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22nd December 2012

 
Asalamualakuim, According to the Hanafi fiqh I would like to find out whether it is permissible to use creams, make up products, soaps, shampoos, face wipes, toothpaste and cleaning products with GLYCOL? Some particular Glycols I have come across are: polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol and ethylene glycol. So for Glycol on its own and polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol and ethylene glycol is it permissible to use products with these substances (NOT EAT)? However if products with Glycol (on its own) or polyethylene glycol ,propylene glycol and ethylene glycol enters ones mouth would that be permissible? Also toothpaste with Glycol (on its own) or polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol and ethylene glycol would that be okay to use? Bearing in mind one would rinse the toothpaste out. Further I have seen you have mentioned glycerineGLYCEROL is permissible as it is subject to a complete chemical metamorphosis. Does this mean even if glycerineGLYCEROL enters ones mouth? Or is that something which should be avoided completely and only products with it in can be used insuring glycerineGLYCEROL does not enter ones mouth. Jazakallah Khairan



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Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem



Respected questioner,



Glycol and its polymers are synthetically produced (not from animal) and belong to the chemical group of alcohols but it is not a typical alcohol. It is named in the alcohol family due to a functional group on its molecule. It is fine to use in pharmaceutical applications.



Thus the use of creams, make up products, soaps, shampoos, face wipes, toothpaste and cleaning products etc with glycol would be permissible to use.



وأما غير الأشربة الأربعة، فليست نجسة عند الإمام أبي حنيفة (رحمه الله) تعالى.

وبهذا يتيبين حكم الكحول المسكرة

(ALCOHALS) التي عمت بها البلوى اليوم،

فإنها تستعمل في كثيرمن الأدوية و العطور والمركبات الأخرى، فإنّها إن اتخذت من العنب أو التّمر فلا سبيل إلي حلّتها أو طهارتها، وإن اتخذت من غيرهما فالأمر فيها سهل على مذهب أبي حنيفة (رحمه الله) تعالى، ولا يحرم إستعمالها للتداوي أو لأغراض مباحة أخرى ما لم تبلغ حد الإسكار، لأنها إنما تستعمل مركبة مع المواد الأخرى، ولا يحكم بنجاستها أخذاً بقول أبي حنيفة (رحمه الله)



وإن معظم الكحول التي تستعمل اليوم في الأدوية و العطور وغيرها لا تتخذ من العنب أو التمر، إنما تتخذ من الحبوب أو القشور أو البترول وغيره، كما ذكرنا في باب بيع الخمر من كتاب البيوع، و حينئذ هناك فسحة في الأخذ بقول أبي حنيفة عند عموم البلوي.

والله سبحانه أعلم.



(تكملة فتح الملهم بشرح صحيح المسلم-

الجزء الثالث، صفحة ٥٠٦

باب تحريم الخمر، دار إحياء التراث العربي بيروت- لبنان)



Glycerine/Glycerin (also known as glycerol) is mainly obtained from oils and fats. It may be derived from vegetable or animal sources and would thus need to be checked with each manufacture of the product in mind.



All oils and fats derived from vegetables and halal animals slaughtered in the Islamic way will be allowed.



And Allah knows best