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    As Salam Alaikum

    I wanted to know is benzyl alcohol haram?
    Nabi Muhammad (peace be upon him) Was A Shy Man And I Love Him

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    Re: benzyl alcohol, is it haram?

    Asalamu alaykum
    It's an organic compound,a benzene ring with an OH group on one of the carbons.It is an alcohol but alcohols are used in many of the daily things we use like paints etc.I don't think it is edible in the benzyl alcohol form but it is used in fragrances and in some restaurants they use it to flame the food ...don't know why really :scratch: but most of its uses are irrelevant to food.

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      Re: benzyl alcohol, is it haram?

      The type of alcohol that is consumed and should be avoided is ethyl alcohol.

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        Re: benzyl alcohol, is it haram?

        Alcohol isn't itself a dirty word - at least not in the chemical sense.

        Only compounds that intoxicate are forbidden. So Ethanol (ethyl alcohol) is an alcohol that does intoxicate.

        Benzyl Alcohol isn't psychoactive (although toxic in very high doses), and exists in lots of fruits/plants naturally.

        Benzyl alcohol is perfectly fine.
        ...sermons from this minbar come with tongue planted quite firmly in cheek.


        "Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need -
        a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends,
        worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you,
        a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear,
        and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing."

        -- Jerome K. Jerome
        (Three Men in a Boat)

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          Re: benzyl alcohol, is it haram?

          Assalamu `alaykum,

          Yes we should always keep in mind that the definition of alcohol for chemists (organic compound with an "OH" group bound to a Carbon molecule) is different than the definition of alcohol for fiqh purposes, which can also be different from the definition that the laymen use.

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            Re: benzyl alcohol, is it haram?

            Thanks so much
            Nabi Muhammad (peace be upon him) Was A Shy Man And I Love Him

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