Consumer Queries to The Halaal Foundation Pakistan

Halaal Certification of Cosmetics

Question:

Assalamualaykum,

Is halaal certification also necessary for products like shampoos, creams, face washes and cosmetics. If yes, how to verify the halal status of such products? Jazakumullahu khair

Answer:

 Wa Alaikum-us-Salaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu!

For the sake of convenience, we can divide this query into two questions and deal with them separately. The questions are:

  1. Is Halaal certification of personal care products necessary?
  2. How can we verify the Halaal status of personal care products? 

Question No.1: Is Halaal certification of personal care products necessary?

Answer:

At the very outset, it seems suitable to look at some basic points:

    • The Shariah has commanded the Muslims
      • To use Halaal and Taahir (pure) things;
      • Not to use Haraam and Najis (impure) things; and
      • To refrain from doubtful things.



    • It is a fact that many products and ingredients, especially those prepared by the non-Muslim manufacturers, are Mashbooh (doubtful).



    • III. Although Halaal certification of products is not a Shariah requirement, it is a reliable means of satisfaction. Of course, governments make laws for the protection of the citizens. Similarly, Halaal certification has been initiated to satisfy the Muslim consumers about the Halaal status of products.

 

Keeping all this in mind, we can easily conclude that although Halaal certification of any product is not a religious obligation, the Shariah encourages us to satisfy ourselves through any permissible means, and Halaal certification by reliable bodies is one of the best means for this.
However, if a product is not halaal certified, it is wrong to conclude that it is Haraam or Najis. Rather, we will have to do objective research before declaring the Shariah status of any product.

Question No.2:

How can we verify the Halaal status of personal care products?

Answer:

Verification of the Shariah status of any product can be done for two purposes:

  • Halaal Certification;
  • Consumer satisfaction.

For the purpose of Halaal certification, the researchers have to do a detailed research. They have to utilize all the procedures and techniques, even lab testing if the need arises, to make sure that the product under investigation does not contain any Mashbooh (doubtful) ingredient; they are required to follow a “zero tolerance policy” in this regard.
And, so far as the verification for the purpose of consumer satisfaction, the Halaal Foundation advises as under:
The consumers should look for the Halaal logo issued by some reliable Halaal certification Body (i.e. not only the word “halal” written by the manufacturers themselves) printed on the label of the products. If they find such a logo, they can use the product, and if not, they should look at the list of the ingredients. If no haraam or doubtful ingredient is found, they can use the product.
Note: Here, it is worth-mentioning that many companies in the Non- Muslim countries have got their products certified Halaal only because the Muslim consumers living there demanded strongly for it, and the companies could not afford refusing such demands. But unfortunately, the same companies are selling their products without getting them certified Halaal in many Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan, only because there is no strong demand for it in these countries. In our opinion, therefore, the best way in this regard is to demand the manufacturers to get their products certified by a reliable Halaal Certification Body. If this is done, the Muslim consumers will use their products with satisfaction, and it will promote their business as well.

Abdur Razzaq
Shariah Department,
Halaal Foundation
March 18, 2014