Opinions Of The Imams In The Ingredients And Manufacturing Processes Of Cosmetics Permissible To The Muslim Community

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Noor Fatima , Dr. Gulzada Sherpao , Dr. Hafiz Sardar ALi , Dr.Maria Ashraf Dogar , Dr Hafiz Sajid Anwar


Cosmetics and personal hygiene items have been used since antiquity. The desire of both genders to seem attractive is one of the driving motivations for the use of these products. But Muslims as well as most non-Muslims want assurance that the cosmetics' ingredients, handling, production, distribution, and transportation comply with halal standards and to the extent of purity and hygiene. Therefore, keeping these standards in mind, this study was conducted in Pakistan in 2022, to determine the opinions of Imams on the ingredients and manufacturing the cosmetic products and the significance of manufacturing halal cosmetics. For this purpose, 59 Imams (males) of different sects (Sunni, Shia) and educational levels (Hafiz, Mufti, Aalim) were approached to get their consent on the Halal and Haram cosmetics. The instrument used was a modified version of a Likert scale questionnaire that served as a research tool. Results revealed that a significant number of Imams (p<0.05) declared the use of cosmetics, their ingredients and processes forbidden and Haram of suspicious involvement of alcohol and fats and animal contents of the pigs. However, few were with the opinion and belief that the cosmetics labeled as Halal by the manufacturers can be used and are not forbidden from being composed of Halal ingredients. This study concluded that most of the Imams and Islamic Scholars did not believe to use and recommend cosmetics for Muslims because most of the cosmetics are imported from foreign countries and are available in the local markets without investigating their Halal authenticity.

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