What do the scholars of the Dīn and muftīs of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: If human hair is mixed in food & drink items, do they remain usable or not? Also, is it permissible in Islamic Law to buy & sell such items or not?

Questioner: Qasim from UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

It is prohibited and impermissible to take any form of benefit whatsoever from human hair; be the person alive or not, and the eating & drinking of it is harām [unlawful]. Likewise, the buying & selling of it is impermissible, just as it is stated in the reliable book of Hanafī Fiqh, al-Hidāyah,

وَلَا يَجُوزُ بَيْعُ شُعُورِ الْإِنْسَانِ وَلَا الِانْتِفَاعُ بِهَا) لِأَنَّ الْآدَمِيَّ مُكَرَّمٌ

“The buying & selling of human hair and taking any form of benefit from it whatsoever (be it in relation to food & drink or buying & selling) is not permissible because a human being, along with all its body parts, is worthy of respect.”

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Haider Ali

Read the original Urdu answer here: [Q-ID0559] What is the ruling on using/eating items/foods that contain human hair?

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