Is coffee halal? Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, enjoyed by people of all cultures and religions. But for Muslims, the question of whether or not coffee is halal is an important one.
In this blog post, we will explore the various opinions on this topic and provide information to help Muslims make an informed decision about whether or not to consume coffee.
So whether you’re a coffee lover looking to learn more about the halal status of your favorite beverage, or a Muslim seeking guidance on what to drink, this blog post is for you.
Is Coffee Halal?
Yes, coffee are completely halal-friendly. The typical ingredients in a cup of coffee such as beans, sugar, and milk are all considered halal. Since coffee does not contain anything that causes drunkenness or any drugs and since it does not harm the body, it is lawful and permissible to drink.
Coffee is permissible to consume because it is not inherently haram (forbidden) and is not made from ingredients that are haram.
Can Muslims Drink Coffee?
Yes, muslims can drink any coffee, as it is not considered haram (forbidden) in Islamic dietary laws. But we strongly suggest using the healthiest possible additives just to be safe.
Why Is Coffee Halal?
Islamweb stated that there is no harm in drinking tea or coffee regardless of the substances they contain.
Imam Shihab al-Din said: ‘it is lawful to drink because originally all the things are lawful except that which Allah has made unlawful. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning):
Say, “I do not find within that which was revealed to me [anything] forbidden to one who would eat it unless it be a dead animal or blood spilled out or the flesh of swine – for indeed, it is impure – or it be [that slaughtered in] disobedience, dedicated to other than Allah. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], then indeed, your Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.”Surah Al An’am: 145.
So, since coffee does not contain anything that causes drunkenness or any drugs and since it does not harm the body, so it is lawful and cannot be compared to Haram things that cause drunkenness or dizziness.
In fact, coffee makes the body more active. So, the person – after drinking coffee – becomes more able to do some kinds of work.
If these works are lawful or if they are forms of worship, then coffee is in this case good as it helps the person do that which is good.
What is said about coffee and tea is true for soft drinks. On the other hand, you should bear in mind that many of the lawful things can be harmful to the body if over-used.
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A Fatwa by Dar al-Iftaa Al Missriyyah further supported coffee is halal intoxicant by addressing the argument that if “if the huge consumption of anything leads to drunkenness, then little quantities of it is forbidden“. Here is the full Fatwa from their page:
The religious scholars stated that the reason behind the prohibition of alcohol consumption is because it leads to drunkenness which in turn leads to the absence of mind.
The mind in Islam is deemed essential because the legal capacity of a Muslim is determined by the sanity and the consciousness of the mind.
Therefore, intentional jeopardy of the sanity and the consciousness of the mind; be it with the consumption of alcohol or with drugs or any other substance that would lead to the intentional absence of the mind- other than for medical purposes- would be deemed prohibited.
The reason for the prohibition of alcohol or drugs is for the intentional absence of the mind and not for addiction.
Excessive use of many lawful food and drinks could lead to addiction or could lead to harming the body which is wrong but there is a difference between excessive use of a substance that is originally lawful to use and between the use of a substance that is prohibited to use in the first place regardless of its used amount.
Source: Dar al-Iftaa Al-Missriyyah
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymin said: “The basic principle concerning all kinds of food, drink and clothing is that they are permissible until and unless proof is established that they are haram. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“He it is Who created for you all that is on earth” [al-Baqarah 2:29]
So if anyone says, this drink is haram, or this food is haram, or this garment is haram, say to him, bring your proof. If he brings proof then we should do whatever is indicated by the proof. If he does not bring proof, then his words are to be rejected.
Everything in this world Allah has created for us. This general meaning is confirmed by the word jami’an (translated here as “all”). And Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“while He has explained to you in detail what is forbidden to you” [al-An’am 6:119]
So if something is haram, there should be a clear and detailed indication that it is haram. If there is no such proof, then it is not haram.
Halal Coffee Brands
Here are a few coffee brands that are halal-certified:
- Laos Dao Coffee
- Old Town
Coffee is generally considered halal because the basic principle with regard to such things is that they are taahir (pure) and it is permissible to use them, until it is proven from a trustworthy source that they are mixed with some impure substance which it is haraam to use. In that case it is haraam to use them.