The Ruling Islamic Law About Food Additives And E-Numbering

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Haris Ullah , Dr. Zafar Hussain , Dr. Saleem Khan , Fawad Ali , Nosheen Iqbal Khan


Food additives are substances added intentionally to foodstuffs to perform certain technological functions, for example to colour, sweeten or preserve, Especially in the European countries food additives are often referred to by E numbers because in the Europe additives are numbered with the prefix E. Whereas Halal food processing ingredients must come from a halal source and the processing must be carried out in accordance with Islamic regulations. It is important to ensure that food additives are from acceptable sources and processed according to halal requirements without the use haram sources. The legal Islamic maxims (Qawaid Fiqhiyyahالقواعد الفقھیۃ-) give to a Muslim society some basic teachings in the light of Quran and Sunnah to understand and refrain upcoming conditions. As It helps the competent jurists to come out with ijtihad (when there are no basic principles are found in primary Islamic sources) and achieve the objectives of Sharia’s aims and goals (Maqasid of Sharia-مقاصد الشریعۃ). So here we mention some basic legal Islamic maxims which explain the above mention topic “The sharia’s ruling about food additives and E-Numbering”, That helps the people to what type of food should be eatable and which one is to be avoid. To make this type of awareness about the food among the people is so much important because among the many reasons behind coronavirus, one of the most common reasons is that the people are not avoiding the harmful and spicy food which harms their health indirectly.

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