Fatwa: # 13032
Category: Food
Country: United States
Date: 28th October 2004

Title

Is L cysteine halaal?

Question

Is L-cysteine, which is an ingredient found in many bakery products, halaal if it is derived from chicken or duck feathers? I have heard it is not halaal if it derived from human hair, but I?m not sure about chicken feathers. Please do not refer me to another website to find out the answer. Jazakallah for your help.

Answer

Feathers do not have any life, thus its consumption is permissible as long as it isn't harmful. (See Ahkamul Quran of Jassaas Vol.1 Pg.149-Ihya ut Turath, Bahr Vol.1 Pg.113)

The product derived from feathers can also be consumed.

and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Ml. Husain Kadodia
FATWA DEPT.

CHECKED & APPROVED: Ml. Imraan Vawda

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