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Glycerin in toothpaste and soap unsure if animal or vegetable

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On 10/25/2020 at 6:57 AM, Labbayka said:

What do I do in a scenario where I use toothpaste with glycerin where I’m unsure of the ingredients?

The Islamic sharí‘a, in spite of its meticulous and rigirous nature, is still a simple and linient code of practice. It is, therefore, useful to point out two things right at the outset.
Firstly, some raw ingredients used in manufacturing food and drink go through definite chemical transformations that radically change its original properties, in the sense that it becomes, in perception of the common man, a new and different matter. Such a transformation would remove it from the list of forbidden items, and this is known in the manuals of Islamic laws as “al-istihãlah” which is one of the purifying agents according to the sharí‘a.
For example, when an item derived from a harãm animal source changes into a different item [through chemical transformation], then the latter product would become permissible.
Secondly, there are ingredients used in manufacturing food products that could have possibly come from a number of different sources, some of which are halãl and some are harãm. In such cases, with no certain knowledge about the origin of such an item, it is not necessary to investigate and it is permissible to eat that doubtful item. (Of course, this principle does not apply to meat when there is doubt whether or not it is from an animal slaughtered according to the laws of Islam. So, if you see in the list of ingredients “mono et diglycerides” which can originate from aminal fat or vegetable oil, and the label does not specify that it comes from animal source, it is not incumbent on the person to investigate about it, and therefore it should be considered halãl.

(source: sistani.org)

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