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Question # : 11488


Assalamualaikum, We are in the business of supplying industrial chemicals to different Industries. One of the products is Citric Acid. Citric Acid is used as an acidity improver in beverages. In both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Question 1) Is it allowed to sell Citric Acid? 2) Is it allowed to sell Citric Acid to a buyer who uses it for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks? 3) Is it allowed to sell to a buyer who uses it for alocoholic drinks only?

Answer : 11488

Published on: Apr 12, 2009

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 549/396=L/1430)


(1) It is lawful to supply citric acid provided it contains no impure agent.

(2) You can supply citric acid to one who is not using it in alcohol. Likewise, it is allowable to sell it to one who is using in preparing alcohol made of things other than four prohibited items i.e. raw wine of grape, ripe wine of grape, raisin and dates. But, if you know that he will use it in preparing haram alcohol (made of the four items mentioned above), then selling it to him is makrooh (undesirable), but you can sell if you do not know.

(3) It is makrooh to sell citric acid to one who prepares wine if he will certainly use it for the same purpose.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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