Aslamalaikum WR WB respected Mashaykh,
May Allah bestow all His blessings upon you all.
I have a question about brandy. It has 35-60% alcohol in it. It is obviously haram. In some parts of Pakistan its really cold in winter and there are no proper arrangements for heating. Some people mix a spoon of brandy in water and drink to avoid cold. Is it permissible to use brandy or any alcoholic product for such purpose or as a medication for body pain or any other condition?

I have another question, is it allowed in islam to get a “Mouakal”? Like people talk about Moukalat of different surahs. I’m sorry for my lack of knowledge. I request your guidance & look forward to your reply. Thank you. JazakAllah Khairyn.


wa `alaykum salam,
Any substance of alcohol that is so insignificant because of its quantity when mixed with halal substance is forgiven if it does not exceed the amount of 0.5% of alcohol. Therefore juice, bread, ketchup, mustard etc. that contain less than 0.5% of alcohol is allowed.

The practice in Pakistan you referred to in your question is without any doubt a haram practice.

Imam Senad Agic
American Islamic Center – Chicago
Majlis #1 Head Imam (IABNA)

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