Muslims can have alcoholic sugars: Fatwa Centre

Muslims can have alcoholic sugars in sweets and other stuff on the grounds they are not classified as alcohol, the UAE’s top Islamic authority has ruled.

The Fatwa (Islamic edict) Centre at the Justice Ministry was responding to a query from the public on whether it is permissible to have alcoholic sugars used in sweets and chewing gum.

“Having alcoholic sugars in sweets and chewing gum is permissible because they are not classified among alcoholic drinks…they are considered a type of sugar stuff or sweeteners,” the centre said in a new edict published by the Arabic language daily Alkhaleej on Thursday.

It said alcoholic sugars are globally registered in the list of sweeteners not alcoholic drinks, adding that alcohol is prohibited in Islam because of its intoxicating effects not the name.

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