Thursday 20 Muḥarram 1441 - 19 September 2019

Vinegar in which there is a percentage of alcohol


What is the ruling on selling live chickens by weight, and on selling vinegar in which there is 6% alcohol?


Praise be to Allaah. 

Firstly, it is permissible to buy chicken by weight. This is the basic principle and we do not know of any evidence (daleel) to the contrary.

 Secondly, it was reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whatever intoxicates in large quantities, a small amount of it is haraam.” (Narrated by Ahmad in al-Musnad, 2/91, 167, 179; 3/343). If the vinegar would cause intoxication in large amounts, then a little of it is haraam, and it comes under the same ruling as wine. If a large amount of it does not cause intoxication, then there is no reason not to sell it, buy it or drink it.

Source: Fataawaa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 13/47

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