In a rather quizzical demand that has emerged in the wake of Wuhan virus or colloquially known as Coronavirus scare. Muslims around have started to demand Halal Sanitizers, yes you heard it right, Halal Sanitizers! For Muslims, the divide between black and white exists in the form of two words viz. Haram and Halal. Haram means prohibited and Halal stands for permissible. In a Muslim household pork and alcohol consumption is considered Haram and its use is forbidden by all means. But religion has a strange way of associating itself with every aspect of human life. Now, in the face of a pandemic staring mankind, even small preventive measures like using a hand sanitizer is not free of religious segregation.
Takyahlah dok tunggang agama dan jual Hand Sanitizer ‘halal’ waktu wabak Covid-19 ni.
Mufti Wilayah yang kini Menteri Hal Ehwal Agama dah kata penggunaan Hand Sanitizer alkohol ialah HARUS, tidak najis dan boleh guna untuk solat pic.twitter.com/Lwj7sDrPP5
— Asrul Muzaffar🇲🇾 (@asrulmm) March 14, 2020
Traditionally, consumers and Islamic jurists have identiﬁed ethanol as non-Halal (Haram, forbidden) substance, and hence Halal certiﬁed products are usually alcohol-free. Face masks and hand sanitizers are being highly endorsed by doctors around the globe to neutralize the effect of coronavirus. But people from the Muslim community are stepping out in search of non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Some 61 percent of Malaysians are practicing Muslims and that means consuming alcohol is a no go and therefore the aversion to hand-sanitizers.
According to media reports, locals are selling so-called ‘Halal hand sanitizers’ in Malaysia, as Muslims choose these over the alcohol-based ones under the impression that usage of only these would be permissible in Islam.
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— EikaSaleh (@SalehSyafiqah) March 18, 2020
Many of them are marketing the product as “Muslim friendly”, since ethanol is used as a substitute for alcohol. But get this, ethanol is also one of the components used when creating alcoholic beverages. As an industrial raw material, ethanol is also involved in the manufacture of adhesives, toiletries, detergents, explosives, inks, chemicals, hand creams, plastics, paints, thinners, textiles, vinegar amongst others.
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— WZ 💫 (@sdtnajwa) March 15, 2020
As per Islam, consumption of alcohol is prohibited. However, they need to understand that in the case of sanitizer, alcohol is being used as a medicine to kill the virus which is not prohibited in Islam.
The layman needs to understand that alcohol-based sanitizers help destroy the protein envelope that surrounds the novel coronavirus. When the protein envelope is killed, naturally, the virus dies down too. However, there must be at least 60 percent alcohol content in hand sanitizers for them to be effective against the virus.
Seeing a surge of searched for halal, non-alcoholic hand sanitizers & some online vendors selling them. No, it doesn't get absorbed via the skin; it evaporates. They are not effective. Please stop using religion to market pseudoscience. #COVID19
— Dr Sumaiya Shaikh (@Neurophysik) March 16, 2020
Hence the myth of non-alcoholic/Halal sanitizers is purely a hoax and people should not fall in the trap of opportunists in time of a pandemic. Pseudoscience as such should not be promoted in any way whatsoever.