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    Question ID: 62631Country: United States of America

    Title: What if we get something mixed with cow urine or pig fat as all product are coming from companies owned by Hindus and Christian?

    Question: We (Muslim) treat ZamZam as a sacred water, similarly Hindus treat cow urine as a sacred thing and drink it. Now the question is that if we (Muslims) are getting every food items like oil, soap, butter, water, medicines, flour, fruits, food items etc from companies which are owned by Hindus, as Muslims do not have any company, because for establishing a company he or she has to study science and technology, then need a bank loan, bank and insurance all stuff, which Muslims are not allowed to involve in. In this situation, are we not eating what Hindus want us to eat? Are we not fully dependent on those people who are not Muslims? In that case we and our Ulama permit things when we need them, because there is no way left for us. What is the solution for that? What if they mix cow urine in their product? And I am sure that he must have used cow urine for that.

    Answer ID: 62631

    Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Rahim !

    (Fatwa: 180/167/SN=02/1437) Your concern is quite solid that the products prepared by the non-Muslims companies might mix cow urine or any other impure thing in their products. The solution to this problem is that the Muslim students also should achieve higher education in the field of science and technology, and the rich Muslims also should establish companies and prepare the products within the guideline of the Shariah. Also more and more educational institutions for higher studies should be established where the Muslim children could impart education in Islamic atmosphere so that the Muslim students could learn science and technology along with their religion and faith. After getting their education they should especially offer their technical support to the Muslim companies. It is not forbidden to achieve higher modern education in the eyes of Shariah. It is lawful to get the education of science and technology. You are not correct in saying that Muslims do not have permission to get the knowledge of science and technology. As far the matter of loan and insurance etc is concerned, where there is the government rule then one may adopt it thinking it a sin. However, loan and insurance is not lawful without a severe need and in general it is a condition that one fears Allah and must not cross the Shariah limit and try his level best to follow Islamic teachings.

    Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best

    Darul Ifta,

    Darul Uloom Deoband, India