Just wanted to bring few facts to everyone's attention:
- "Al-Keemiya" OR Chemistry was actually invented by Muslims.
- "Al-Kohl" OR Alcohol was actually researched by Muslims.
- Muslims and (their) scientists have known about "Alcohol" as an organic compound for at least 800 years.
- Abu Yūsuf Yaʻqūb ibn ʼIsḥāq aṣ-Ṣabbāḥ al-Kindī [800-874 AD] wrote about "Alcohol usage in Perfume" in Kitab al-Taraffuq fi al-'itr: www.academia.edu/4170355/Kitab_Kimiya_al-itr_Book_of_the_...
Muslim Ulama have known about its usage in perfume and other things for a very long time.
Maybe "some people" are ignorant about Alcohol (in the Organic Chemistry sense) for the past 1,000 years but burden of ignorance of certain individuals should not be placed upon the Ummah or the Ulamah
Summary for non-Chemists: Next time when you are at a Petrol Station (or Gas Station), notice that your Gasoline contains Ethanol (Alcohol) and you will D-I-E if you drink it, forget about Halal or Haram issue. Alcohol has many types and the Hanafi Madhab has long understood and classified it (over 1200+ years ago) since it was common knowledge to Muslim scientists and Ulama.