The Chocolate We Are Eating? Halal or Haraam???

The Hershey's milk chocolate bar.

The Hershey’s milk chocolate bar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I never thought that a chocolate could be Halal or Haraam. What thing can make a chocolate haraam? Milk???

Yes, milk can make a chocolate haraam. We eat a lot of milk chocolates but we never wonder that which milk is it. Could this milk be of a haraam animal.

Does it matters if it is of a haraam animal or not???

Yes, it do matters. In Islam, every product of a haraam animal is also haraam.


See the reference below.

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:
I heard Allah’s Apostle, in the year of the Conquest of Mecca, saying, “Allah and His Apostle made illegal the trade of alcohol, dead animals, pigs and idols.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What about the fat of dead animals, for it was used for greasing the boats and the hides; and people use it for lights?” He said, “No, it is illegal.” Allah’s Apostle further said, “May Allah curse the Jews, for Allah made the fat (of animals) illegal for them, yet they melted the fat and sold it and ate its price.” [Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawud, Sunan an-Nisa’i, al-Tirmidhi, Sunan Ibn Maajah, Mishkaat, Sunan ad-Darmi, etc.]

It came to my mind when I was holding a chocolate wrapper which had printed on it “German Milk”.

German Milk?

The milk produced from Germany.

But Germany is not an Islamic country. There live many non-Muslims who do not have any prohibition of halal and haraam food. That means Germany HAS TO PRODUCE Halal as well as Haraam food. And, as Germany is not an Islamic country, it do NOT HAVE TO LABEL it as Halal or Haraam. So, it do not matters them whatever milk are they using for chocolate. But, it do matters a Muslim that which milk (product) is s/he consuming.

So, at last, it is a duty of a Muslim to verify which product is s/he consuming. But, how can an individual verify this thing? We do not ask anything from non-Muslim countries. We only ask from Muslim countries to also label the halal verified chocolates as Halal. In Muslim counties, like Pakistan, almost every product has a label of halal. So why not chocolates can have a halal label after verifying the contents of a chocolate?

Please think…..

If you have anything to say or you feel I have said something wrong, you can comment in the box below.



4 thoughts on “The Chocolate We Are Eating? Halal or Haraam???

  1. What makes milk halal? Once it comes from cows, goats, buffalo etc, animals which are permissible by Islam. The only way milk can be made haram is when that milk comes from pigs. The argument and evidence of fat of deal animals is irrelevant here as milk is taken from a living animal and not dead animal whereby you need to slaughter it in the name of Allah. As of now, it is impractical and economically unfeasible to use pig milk in our food industry. It is simply not being done, due to pigs not lactating enough. That saying, i don’t think you need to consider milk as an ingredient to ponder over, in food products.

    • I don’t think that the hadith mentioned here “irrelevant”. Although you agree that the milk of a haraam animal is also haraam but you are saying that this hadith is not ‘related’ to our topic.

      So, the hadith says that the fat of a dead animal is haraam. Now, the argument comes that the fat is extracted when an animal is dead. So a “dead animal” does not prove that the animal is haraam. As, it does not specify the animal, it does not prove that a product of a haraam is also haraam. The answer is that we know that wherever the word “maytah” comes for an animal, it is not a slaughtered animal. As, in Qur’an, we see that “maytah” (a dead animal) is prohibited. A dead animal is haraam whether it is a cow or a goat which was not slaughtered and died. Similarly, in this hadith, first it is mentioned that a dead animal is haraam, then it is mentioned that even the fat (a product) of a dead animal (which is a haraam animal) is haraam.

      If you still disagree that the hadith mentioned above in the topic is related to it, so here is another hadith for our readers. This hadith is mentioned in Sunan Abu Dawud in the book of Wages (Kitab Al-Ijarah) and it will give a more specific meaning. Link is here:
      Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) as saying: Allah forbade wine and the price paid for it, and forbade dead meat and the price paid for it, and forbade SWINE AND THE PRICE PAID FOR IT.

      Not only the pig is haraam, its price is also haraam. So, it means the product of a haraam animal is haraam. Actually, this Hadith didn’t mentioned any product extracted from the body of a haraam animal and so it was not included in the topic.

  2. Brother, i feel that you are completely missing my point. How about if i had said; “The only way milk can be made haram is when that milk comes from pigs. The argument and evidence of fat of deal animals is irrelevant here as milk is taken from a living animal and not a slaughtered animal whereby you need to slaughter it in the name of Allah.”

    My point here is that milk can only be taken from cows, living cows, there’s no way milk can be made haraam. (unless of course, if there are any additives added to milk to enhance flavour or something done in Germany)

    Your argument will only be valid if milk taken from an animal causes the animal to die, becoming a ‘maytah’ which is then prohibited, and where the milk product will also become prohibited to muslims.

    Do you see what i mean? Do explain what you mean if you don’t agree, so that I could see what you are saying. Interesting discussion, i have to say. Btw, I study science in university, meaning I study animals, animal behaviour and the commercialization of animal products is a huge interest of mine. And i can tell you for sure that milk from pigs is not taken for human use, as of now.

    • We both are talking on totally two different aspects. So how can you expect us to understand each other.
      First of all, totally forget what I said before because it’ll confuse you.
      Now, look, when a cow is alive, you can take the milk because cow is halal. You can slaughter and take the meat because it is halal. You can even use the fat because it is halal. The reason for these things being halal is that the animal was halal. But, if a cow dies. Now, you can’t take milk or fat because now the cow is haraam because it was not slaughtered.
      Similarly, the meat and the fat of a dog is haraam because it is a haraam animal while goat’s meat and fat is halal. So, the milk of a dog is also haraam and the milk of a goat is also halal.
      Now, we come to the conclusion that the product of an animal depends upon the animal’s state.
      Is it clear? We are just talking theoretically till this point and I think we don’t have any problem in this point.

      Now, our problem arises at two points. First that how can we have a milk of a dead cow. I didn’t said that. When I talked about the dead cow, I was only talking about meat and fat. And, with that, I wanted to tell you that if a cow dies and becomes haraam and its meat also becomes haraam, so the milk of a pig is also haraam because it is a haraam animal. I hope that in this point, we have cleared the cow confusion.

      Last point. You said that the milk of a pig is not used for humans nowadays. But, it is true that milk can be extracted from a pig. First of all, we don’t know if there is any law anywhere that stops people from this thing. The only reason would be a recommendation from the universities that deals with health and sciences. And, even if such milk is not allowed by the governments, this doesn’t means that it is not used for humans.
      So, in this matter, we are in doubt and we have more percentage that the pig’s milk cannot be used in chocolates. But, still, we are not 100% sure because we don’t have any such rule
      Do you know that when the government do not allow any product, the companies clearly mentioned their ingredients and clearly mention they have only used allowed products. So, all we are asking is to add the pig’s milk in prohibited list. And, whichever company do not use the haraam milk should add just a small sticker of “Halal” on the wrapper. All I am saying is to give us the guarantee that what we are eating is halal.

      If you still have any point unclear, reply me. And, I’d be glad to know more about your studies and (if possible) the harms of the pig’s milk. And I’d be glad if you can write that post for my weblog.

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