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|Soft Drinks Containing Alcohol: Permissible?|
|As-Salamu `alaykum. Dear scholars. Thanks a lot for your wonderful service and up-to-date answers to modern tricky issues. Could you please furnish me with a fatwa regarding the use of alcohol in soft drinks such as Coca-Cola? Your earliest response will be very much appreciated. Jazakum Allah Khairan.|
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AnswerWa`alaykum As-Salaamu Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear questioner, thanks for your question and we ask Allah to guide us to the best achievement in this world and the best reward in the Hereafter.
Some soft drinks contain a tiny amount of alcohol which help add flavors that are considered part of what is known as the trade secrets. According to the rules of eating and drinking in the Islamic legal law, such tiny amount of alcohol that is added doesn’t render the food or the soft drink prohibited.
In an attempt to answer your question, we would like to furnish you with a Fatwa issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, which goes as follows:
It is well known that some soft drinks, such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, contain among their ingredients a tiny amount of alcohol, which is used to dissolve some constituents of the drinks such as color, flavor, etc.
Moreover, The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America adds:
In the food industry, alcohol is the second common solvent after water. Some of the flavors like vanilla cannot be made without alcohol. One cannot imagine foods and drinks like ice cream, cakes and cookies, soft drinks, etc. without the use of alcohol, to the extent that this has become an unavoidable impurity in the food systems. Muslim countries, which import food products, accept foods containing small quantities of alcohol.
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