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Fatwa By : Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language English
Reference By Islam Q&A
Addition Date 29/08/2013
Ruling On He Wants To Open A Shop But He Needs Training Where He Will Be Forced To Taste Sweets Containing Alcohol And Gelatine
I live in Canada and I want to open a store for sweets. Before that I have to study patisserie (baking) where I will be forced to taste the sweets that we make when studying, and they contain gelatin and alcohol, but we do not have to swallow them. Please advise me, may Allah bless you.

Praise be to Allah.

With regard to alcohol, it is haram to consume it, carry it, sell it or buy it. Ten categories have been cursed with regard to it, as it says in the hadith narrated by at-Tirmidhi (1295) and Abu Dawood (3674) from Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) cursed ten with regard to alcohol: the one who squeezes it (the grapes etc), the one for whom it is squeezed, the one who drinks it, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who pours it, the one who sells it, the one who consumes its price, the one who buys it and the one for whom it is bought.”  

Classed as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih at-Tirmidhi.

It is not permissible to put alcohol in the sweets or to taste these sweets, even if that is for the purpose of study or to get a certificate which will allow one to work, because that is not a case of necessity that makes it permissible to commit a haram action.

With regard to gelatin, some of it is halal and some is haram. This has been explained in the answer to question no. 210. Whatever is haram, it is not permissible to put it in the sweets or to taste it.

You should note that there are many halal ways of earning a living, and that if a person gives up something for the sake of Allah, He will compensate him with something better than it. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).

3. And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things” [At-Talaq 65:2-3]

The loser is the one who sells his religious commitment for some transient worldly gain, and he will not gain anything from this world except what is decreed for him.

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Holy Spirit (Jibril) has inspired to me that no soul will die until it has completed its appointed term and received its provision in full, so fear Allah and do not be desperate in seeking provision, and no one of you should be temped to seek provision by means of committing sin if it is slow in coming to him, for that which is with Allah can only be attained by obeying Him.” Narrated by Abu Na’eem in al-Hilyah; classed as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih al-Jami’, no. 2085.  

We ask Allah to provide for you from His bounty and to make you independent of means by that which is halal so that you have no need for that which is haram.

And Allah knows best.

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