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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:
What is the ruling regarding eating insects other than locusts and worms in fruit?
A:

It is forbidden to eat insects of the earth according to the Hambali, Hanafi and Shafi'ee schools of thought. However, the Maliki school of thought states: "There is no disagreement regarding the prohibition of all that harms. The prohibition of harmful insects is one ruling. However, if a community is accustomed to eating insects and it does not harm them and they accept eating them and it is famous amongst them, then eating those insects is not forbidden."

Answer By: NIHT Ulema Committee
Q:
Insects are Haraam. what happens if while eating fruit, I eat a worm that is in it. Have I eaten Haraam?
A:

A. The following are the rulings of the four schools of thought regarding worms in fruits:

Hanafi: It is permissible to consume the worm into which no soul was blown (lavae), however the worm that had life will not be acceptable for consumption whether it is alive or died. Likewise, this ruling applies to mites as well.

Shafi'ee: It would be permissible to eat cheese or fruit with the worms if they have originated therein. Bees mixed with honey will not be acceptable for consumption unless the bees are completely shredded therein.

Hambali: It is permissible to eat worms or mites along with what is being eaten. It is however, not permissible to eat worms or mites on their own.

Maliki: Worms born in food, like the worms found in fruit and apricots can be eaten categorically without elaboration. And if it is not born of food and it is not alive, then it is obligatory to intend to take its life according to the requirements of Shariah.

And Allah Knows Best!

Answer By: NIHT Ulema Committee
Q:
Thank you for your answer on seafood. I have another question and I hope you can help. Is it true that the locust is Halaal? Also, what is locust bean gum?
A:

The Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam is reported to have said: “Permissible for us are two un-slaughtered and two bloods, the fish and the locust and the liver and the spleen”. It is permissible to consume the locust according to all four schools of thought. However, the Maliki school states that it is not permissible to consume the locust except if one, when catching it, makes the intention (Niyyah) to take its life and if the locust is found dead then it is not permissible to consume.

Locust bean gum, or LBG, is a textural ingredient derived from the seed of the leguminous carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua), which grows in Mediterranean countries.

Answer By: NIHT Ulema Committee
Q:
Please explain which seafood is permissble and which not?
A:

According to the Shafi'ee, Maliki and Hambali schools of thought, it is permissible to consume any seafood that exists or lives in water even if it does not have the appearance of a fish. According to the Hanafi school of thought it is not permissible to consume seafood that does not resemble a fish, the exception being the hagfish. An exception in the Hambali school of thought is the watersnake because according to them it is impure.

Answer By: NIHT Ulema Committee
Q:
Is there any animal or alcohol content in Nando’s sauces?
A:

No. absolutely not. All Nandos’ s sauces are water or vinegar based. Furthermore, tests by Independent Food Technologists have confirmed that no alcohol or animal derivatives are used in any Nando’s spices or sauces. Finally, a full disclosure of ingredients has been made to the NIHT by Nando’s.

Answer By: NIHT Media
Q:
Which Royco Products are Halaal?
A:

All Royco products manufactured in South Africa bearing the NIHT Halaal Logo are certified Halaal by us. No Non-Halaal ingredients are used in the manufacture of their products.

Answer By: NIHT Media
Q:
Is the Pick n Pay Trade Route Mall Halaal?
A:

Yes the Pick 'n Pay Trade Route Mall Lenasia Butchery, Bakery & Deli is certified halaal by the NIHT and is under full time Muslim supervision.

Answer By: NIHT Media
Q:
Is the Nandos at the OR Tambo airport Halaal ?
A:

The Nandos at the OR Tambo International Airport is certified Halaal by the NIHT.

Answer By: NIHT Media
Q:
Does Kelloggs Cereal contain Gelatine?
A:

Please be advised that none of the Kelloggs Cereals contain any Gelatine and the entire range of Kelloggs has been Halaal certified by the NIHT.

Answer By: NIHT Media
Q:
Whilst I understand that is a difference of opinion between Ulama concerning gelatine, it would be appreciated if you could give me a list of prominent Ulama that accept gelatine as Halaal?
A:

Jazakallah for your question. The Ulama council of the NIHT is unanimous that gelatine from permissible animals are Halaal. Please find hereunder a list of the Ulama and professionals that accept gelatine as Halaal.

Name Organization Remarks

Mufti Abdul Malik Misbahi Idaara Misbaahul Quraan - UK Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Mufti Akbar Hazarvi Darul Uloom Pretoria (NIHT) Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Mufti Radaaul-Haq Darul Uloom Zakariyya HALAAL

Mufti M Ashraf Jaameah Mahmoodiya Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Mufti Fayaaz-ul-Rahim Darul Uloom Newcastle Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Mufti A K Hoosen Channel Islam International HALAAL

Mufti Afzal Elias Representing Radio Islam HALAAL

Mufti A W Rahmani Darul Uloom Newcastle Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Mufti R Ludhyaanwi Darul Ifta Wal Irshaad HALAAL

Mufti Taki Usmani Member: Intl Fiq Academy HALAAL

Mufti Liaquat Ali Amod Khatib: Brent Mosque - UK Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Dr Moulana Abbas Khan Sunni Jamiatul Ulama of SA Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

ML. Burhaanuddin Nadwatul Ulama Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

ML. Yusuf Karaan Muslim Judicial Council Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Dr Rashid Bhika B.Sc (Pharm) Betabs Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Dr Patel B.Sc (Chem) Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Dr Mohammed Loonat Senior Lecturer of Chemistry Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Dr Kader Hoosen Ali Kuwait Hospital Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Dr B Cole M.Sc (Agric) (FOOD SCIENCE) Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Prof Hawari Retired Prof. Univ. of Damascus Metamorphosis occurs, hence HALAAL

Answer By: NIHT Ulema Committee
Q:
Q. It is very good that some answers are given in light of the teachings of the Imaams and allows one to be satisfied in terms of ones following a code of Islamic teaching. I have recently travelled overseas and found Muslims eating sea turtles in the country I visited. I am Hanafi, so would it have been Halaal for me to eat?
A:

The turtle whether it lives on land or in water, is forbidden according to the Shafi’ee and Hanafi Schools of Thought. According to the Hambali and Maliki Schools it is permissible to eat the sea turtle after slaughtering it. However, regarding the turtle that lives on land, they are prohibited according to the Hambali School. It would therefore be forbidden for you as an adherent of the Hanafi School of Thought to consume the sea turtle. And Allah knows best.

Answer By: NIHT Ulema Committee
Q:
Is it permissible to consume the owl?
A:

The owl is Haraam to consume.

Answer By: NIHT Ulema Committee

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