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Question: Is Shellac halal

Last updated: 2nd February 2006
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Salaam, I wanted to know if the ingredient shellac is halal or not, because they use in some of tesco brand sweets, for example: Milk covered peanuts.


In the Name of Allah, the Inspirer of Truth.

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

We concur with SANHA's original ruling the impermissibility of Shellac based on the unanimous decision of:

Jamiatul Ulama South Africa - Johannesburg

Mufti Yusf Docrat, Mufti M.Y. Minty, Mufti Zakariyya Pandor

Darul Uloom Abu Bakr –Port Elizabeth

Mufti Siraj Desai

Madrasah Taleemuddeen - Isipingo

Mufti E. Salejee

Jamiatul Ulama KZN - Durban

Mufti E. Salejee

Channel Islam International - Johannesburg

Mufti AK Hoosen

Jaamiah Mahmoodiyyah - Springs

Mufti Ashraf

Madrasah Arabia Islamia - Azaadville

Mufti Muhammad Obeid

Darul Uloom Zakariyya - Lenasia

Mufti Radaul Haqq Yusufzai

Madrasah In’aamiyah - Camperdown

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Waterval Islamic Institute - Johannesburg

Mufti Ahmad Mia, Mawlana Nazir Sanjalvi, Mufti Yusuf Phiri, Mufti M. Mia

Majlisul A’immah, Kimberly

Mufti Ayyub Jeena.

Kindly note, we will not be updating every link on the web-site (www.foodguide.org.uk),

to advise of shellac's IMPERMISSIBLE status. Please accept this

statement as sufficient notice on the change of status of shellac.

Where shellac is only used as a coating on apples etc, washing it off thoroughly will render it Halaal. This is only necessary when one is definite Shellac has been used.

It is also used to replace the natural wax of the apple, which is removed during the cleaning process.[17] When used for this purpose, it has the food additive E number E904


Kindly note that SANHA have revised their decision on shellac very recently.

Shellac Reviewed! - http://www.sanha.co.za/a/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2106&Itemid=230

After several attempts to gain clarification on the change of decision, they have not reverted back to us. We stick to the view of impermissibilty until contrary information is received.


And Allah knows Best

Wa Alaykumussalaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

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Answer last updated on:
15th May 2012
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Ulamaa ID 03
Location: UK