Shaykh Sayyid Zahid Husain Rizwi has replied to our questions:
Ribena and Lucozade
Posted 29 September 2005 - 01:29 PM (#1)
Are we allowed to drink Ribena now?
I read that ribena and lucozade contain alcohol quite some time ago, but my dad said that he readin the paper that it doesn' anymore and has started buying it again...
HOWEVER, I read on here somethingrelating to the percentage..I don't know..anyway could somebody PLEASE clear up the confusion?!
Posted 29 September 2005 - 08:39 PM (#2)
Below is the list that Lucozade sent me. These products do have some percentage of alcohol in them:
All other Ribena and Lucozade products are fine.
“O Beloved! Say you, ‘O people! If you love Allah, then follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins; for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’ ” (3:31)
Posted 29 September 2005 - 10:35 PM (#3)
..so we're allowed to drink the Ribena Blackcurrant!!! My favourite drink before I discovered it was supposedly haram...
Posted 29 September 2005 - 11:52 PM (#4)
Asalaamu Alaikum sister,
The e-mail I received from Lucozade/Ribena (Glaxo SmithKline) is dated 15th April 2005 and that was the list they sent me. If you would like to contact them you can contact them here.
“Undoubtedly, you have the best example in the Messenger of Allah, for him who hopes for Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.’ ” (33:21)
Posted 01 October 2005 - 01:22 PM (#5)
Muslims in the UK have been given permission to consume soft drinks which contain minute traces of alcohol and pork products.
Under strict interpretation of Muslim law, Lucozade and Ribena were both previously considered to be "unclean". Lucozade contains 0.01% ethyl alcohol to aid flavouring, which the Muslim Law Council now says is too small to matter Ribena previously used gelatin - a pork by-product - in its production but has now changed its manufacturing methods.
The Muslim Law Council - the UK's highest authority on halal (clean) food - consulted earlier rulings by imams on halal food before reaching its decision.
In the ruling, the Council's chair, Zaki Badawi, said precedents had been set allowing the use of non-halal ingredients in certain cases. "I see no harm in consuming Ribena and Lucozade which contain traces of ethyl alcohol and animal ingredients that do not bear their original qualities and do not change the taste, colour or smell of the product," Mr Badawi said. In its submission to the Muslim Law Council, the drinks' maker, GlaxoSmithKline, pointed out fruit juices and bread could also contain the same or higher trace amounts of alcohol due to natural fermentation.
The decision ends a long-running dilemma for some devout Muslims who have avoided buying the brands for fear of breaching religious rules. In the wake of the ruling, the British Soft Drinks Association said it would not propose a new labelling policy but some companies might decide to mark their products "halal" to prevent any future confusion.
A spokesman said: "Soft drinks are non-alcoholic, we welcome this confirmation and hope that it can reassure those consumers who were concerned."
Posted 12 October 2005 - 03:45 AM (#7)
Posted 24 January 2006 - 07:07 PM (#8)
I emailed Glaxo SmithKline and this was their reply
Thank you for your e-mail in which you requested a list of products, which are alcohol and animal free.
I enclose a list of our products, which, to the best of our knowledge contain no added alcohol and are free from all animal derived ingredients. This list is accurate at present but we encourage our customers to request an updated list every six months. (This e-mail is dated 7th January 2006 so you should e-mail them again around June)
Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
ANIMAL & ALCOHOL FACT SHEET
The products listed below are, to the best of our knowledge, free from all animal based/derived ingredients* including milk, eggs & all meat or fish derived ingredients and contain no added alcohol.
Lucozade Orange Sparkling Glucose Drink
Lucozade Glucose Energy Tablets Orange Flavour
Lucozade Glucose Energy Tablets Lemon Flavour
Lucozade Sport Lemon Flavour Isotonic Drink (Still and Sparkling)
Lucozade Sport Orange Flavour Isotonic Drink (Still and Sparkling)
Lucozade Sport Orange Flavour Drink Mix (Powder)
Lucozade Sport Lemon Flavour Drink Mix (Powder)
Lucozade Sport Orange Flavour Carbohydrate Sports Gel
Ribena Blackcurrant Juice Drink Concentrate
Ribena Berry Burst Juice Drink Concentrate
Ribena Ready to Drink Blackcurrant Juice Drink
Ribena Ready to Drink Orange Juice Drink
Ribena Ready to Drink Strawberry Juice Drink
RIBENA REALLY LIGHT
Ribena Really Light No Added Sugar Blackcurrant Juice Drink Concentrate
Ribena Really Light No Added Sugar Berry Burst Juice Drink Concentrate
Ribena Really Light No Added Sugar Ready to Drink Blackcurrant Juice Drink
Ribena Really Light No Added Sugar Ready to Drink Berry Burst Juice Drink
Ribena Really Light No Added Sugar Ready to Drink Apple Juice Drink
Ribena Really Light No Added Sugar Ready to Drink Orange Tropical Juice Drink
Ribena Really Light No Added Sugar Ready to Drink Strawberry Juice Drink
Ribena Spark Sparkling Blackcurrant Flavour Drink
Lucozade Glucose Energy Tablets Original Flavour are free from added alcohol and free from meat or fish based ingredients but are not milk free. -------------------------
“O beloved! Say you, ‘O people! If you love Allah then you should follow me. [Only then] Allah will love you and forgive your sins. And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.’ ” (3:31)
Posted 27 January 2006 - 08:34 PM (#9)
I e-mailed Irn Bru because one of my friends told me that their drinks also contained alcohol. I'm sorry to all those people who like Irn Bru because they confirmed that their drinks do contain traces of alcohol. -------------------------
“And whoso seeks any other religion except Islam it will never be accepted from him and in the Hereafter he shall be among the losers.” (3:85)