Fatwa ID: 04533
Answered by: Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Is Shellac halal?
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Shellac is a resinous compound secreted by the female lac bug to form its cocoon. Shellac is used as a coating on medicines and candies. Shellac ranges in color from very light blond to very dark brown, with all shades of brown and yellow and orange and red in between. The color is influenced by the sap of the tree the lac bug is living on, as well as the time of harvest.
Shellac will be considered to be a “Hawwam” which is an Arabic word referring to domestic pests such as insects, rodents, reptiles, worms, spiders, and other crawling slithering animals.
It is unlawful to consume vermin and domestic pests. They come under the word “Khabaith which Allah (SWA) has prohibited in the Holy Qur’an.” (Surah Araf v.157)
Only Allah Knows Best
Written by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham