Alcohol-free beer gets Muslims hot under the collar

Beer manufacturers told not to confuse Muslims


BORNEO - 15 July 2019 - Beer manufacturers in the country have been told not to confuse consumers especially Muslims by producing alcohol-free drink.

A Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department - Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof - stressed that alcohol-free beer is only confusing Muslims and it is not a wise move.

'Using the name alcohol-free beer is confusing as the process of producing the drink including distillation is carried out in the system used to produce alcohol products.'

'We know the alcohol-free drink is produced by a beer manufacturer but it would cause confusion as some Muslims thought they could consume the drink,' he said.

He was speaking to reporters after attending a Yassin and Prayer Session for 207 pilgrims in Parit Buntar constituency here today.

Mujahid was commenting on a viral promotion of zero-alcohol beer by a beer manufacturer at a convenience store.

In this regard, Mujahid advised Muslims not to consume any products if they are doubtful of their halal status.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department also uploaded information on the issue entitled 'Alcohol and Liquor' on its Facebook site yesterday.

The soft drink is made from the same process of making alcohol drinks and as such Muslims are prohibited from taking the drink made from the alcohol product system regardless of whether they contain alcohol or not.

Author's comment: It is difficult to be sure of the point that the good Dr. Mujahid is trying to make. Is it that Muslims should not consume non-alcoholic products if they might have once contained alcohol which has now been removed?

Or is it just that Muslims are easily confused? In which case he might well have been better off advising them to down a few cans of Stella Artois until the world appears to be a less confusing place. Trust me, that does work.





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