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Salmon smoked over whiskey barrel

Fatwaa ID: 1873

Question:
As-salāmuʿalaykum wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātuh,

Someone asked me if salmon smoked over whiskey barrel shavings is halal, they accidentally bought it.

The actual ingredients are just salmon and salt.

The description says Each side is smoked for up to 15 hours in traditional brick kilns over oak, beech and reclaimed whisky barrels from Scottish Distilleries, creating a wonderfully complex, rich smoke and velvety texture.

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

A whiskey barrel is a container in which whiskey, an alcoholic drink, is stored. When the alcoholic drink stays therein for a prolonged period, the taste and smell of the whiskey seeps into the barrel. When this barrel is later burned or heated, the smoke coming from it gives off the taste of the whiskey.

Salmon smoked over such a barrel would have a taste or smell of the whiskey. This is not permissible. While it may not contain alcohol, the flavor is there. A Muslim must be averse to haraam and anything that relates or comes from it. A Muslim must naturally detest filth and impurity.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

04/18/1445 AH – 11/02/2023 CE | AML3-3769

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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