Malaysia

Barbican’s beer is halal, says National Fatwa Council

July 26, 2011

A bottle of Barbican lemon non-alcoholic beer. — Courtesy of Beerbeer.org A bottle of Barbican lemon non-alcoholic beer. — Courtesy of Beerbeer.org KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — The National Fatwa Council has ruled that Barbican’s non-alcoholic beer is consumable for Muslims.

The council was of the opinion the drink was not processed to make it alcoholic, and the low alcohol content in it was incidental and not intoxicating, according to Bernama Online.

National Fatwa Council chairman, Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, told a news conference yesterday therefore it was line with previous discussions in 1984, 1987, 1988 and 2010.

The council’s last discussion — held between June 16 and June 18 — mulled over alcohol content in food, drinks and medicines. 

Abdul Shukor however advised the brewer to better label the product so that Muslims are not confused.

He was at Al-Muqarrabin Mosque in Bandar Tasek Selatan to attend the launch of the national-level Ihya' Ramadan programme by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.