Made Vinegar from Khamr According to Islam ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain the law of making vinegar from khamr (a drink that can make someone become drunk). There are two important things that we must pay close attention to here. First, vinegar. As we know that vinegar is a type of liquid that is mostly used for cooking. In Islamic teachings the law is halal. That is, it can be consumed. Second, khamr. This Khamr can make someone drunk. Islamic teachings say that it should not be consumed. Quran also expressly forbids us to drink it.
Quran About Khamr
The Quran about Khamr that I mean is as follows:;
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ إِنَّمَا ٱلۡخَمۡرُ وَٱلۡمَيۡسِرُ وَٱلۡأَنصَابُ وَٱلۡأَزۡلَٰمُ رِجۡسٞ مِّنۡ عَمَلِ ٱلشَّيۡطَٰنِ فَٱجۡتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تُفۡلِحُونَ ٩٠
O you who believe! intoxicants and games of chance and (sacrificing to) stones set up and (dividing by) arrows are only an uncleanness, the Shaitan’s work; shun it therefore that you may be successful. (Al-Maaidah ; 90).
The question then is, can we make vinegar using khamr? What is the explanation of Islam about that?
To answer the two questions above, I will present the hadith of Prophet Muhammad.
Hadith About Made Vinegar from Khamr
The hadith about made vinegar from Khamr that I mean is as follows:
عَنْ أَنَسٍ بْنِ مَالِكٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : سُئِلَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنِ الْخَمْرِ ، ” تُتَّخَذُ خَلًّا ؟ ” فَقَالَ : ” لَا ” . أَخْرَجَهُ مُسْلِمٌ
From Anas bin Malik radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam was once asked about khamr, “Can it be used to make vinegar?” “He replied, “No.” The hadith was narrated by Muslim.
All readers! If we observe the hadith above, we know that the khamr must not be used to make vinegar. That is because the original law for khamr is haram. Illegal items must not be used to make things. That is the general view of the hadith above and the problems presented in this article.
But there are some important things related to the hadith above and this issue that we must pay attention to;
One; We must not process khamr into vinegar. Besides that, Khamr will not turn into sacred even though it is processed into vinegar. This is the opinion of Ash-Shafi’I and Ahmad.