Investigative Report: The World's Best-kept Secret - Coca-Cola Unveiled
After a detailed investigation it has been proven beyond any doubt that Coke and other cooldrinks are HARAAM for Muslim consumption.
All of the facts gathered during my investigation are found herewith including overwhelming proof from a previous investigation conducted by the Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa.
This subsequently led to the Mujlisul Ulama declaring COKE HARAAM in the early 80's. The UTUSAN KONSUMER declared it HARAAM in 1984 on a thorough investigation of its own.
COKE was given a court order by the Indian government to reveal its secret recipe but chose to rather pull out of the country than to disclose its covert formula.
Since its inception COKE has ignored two court orders to reveal its true contents.
The original recipe for COKE is at this point in time locked up in a bank vault in the USA. At any one time only the Head Chemist at Coca Cola knows the true contents of COKE. The formula has been passed down from Head Chemist to his predecessor over the years as the Head Chemists have retired.
From all the proof gathered and put together it is astounding how this product could ever have been declared HALAAL.
I had personally been abstaining for a year as I had previously had doubt and it was therefore better for me to abstain for the sake of TAQWA, but it is now a confirmed certitude that COKE is HARAAM and it is now my Islamic duty to abstain.
The Contents of COKE
The Secret recipe of COKE as per a formulary book that belonged to John Pemberton who invented Coca-Cola 107 years ago. The recipe included citrate caffeine, extract of vanilla, seven flavoring oils, fluid extract of coca (cocaine), citric acid, lime juice, sugar, water, caramel and alcohol. Evidently the cocaine was removed in 1903. Coca-Cola continues to dominate the scene after 107 years, and the profits from the sale of it have been enormous.
(sic).. is as follows:
Merchandise #1 Sugar
Merchandise #2 Caramel
Merchandise #3 Caffeine
Merchandise #4 Phosphoric Acid
Merchandise #5 Coca leaf and Cola nut Extract (20% Alcohol)
Merchandise #6 Was Lime juice, but was incorporated into Merchandise #7X as an oil
Merchandise #7X Flavouring mixture (see below)
Merchandise #8 Vanilla
Merchandise #9 Glycerine, but apparently no longer used
Table: The Secret Recipe of Coca-Cola
The Secret Flavourant Merchandise #7X is made up as follows:
1 oz (28.35 grams) Citrate Caffeine
3 oz (85.05 grams) Citric Acid
1 oz (28.35 grams) Extract Vanilla
1 Qt Lime Juice
2.5 oz (70.88 grams) Flavouring
30 lbs Sugar
4 oz (113.4 grams) F.E.Coco
2.5 gal (11.365 litres) Water
80 Oil Orange
40 Oil Cinnamon
120 Oil Lemon
20 Oil Coriander
40 Oil Nutmeg
40 Oil Neroil
1 Qt Alcohol (95%)
Mix Caffeine Acid and Lime Juice 1 Qt. Boiling water add vanilla and flavouring when cool.
Let stand for 24 hours
1. Vanilla Extract (Not synthetic) is HARAAM (see attached proof)
2. Ethanol is HARAAM (see attached proof)
3. Alcohol is used in the preparation of the secret formula called 7X as part of the flavouring (95% Alcohol) - HARAAM
4. Glycerine that is used in the Formula 7X and also in the main recipe is HARAAM. (NB. Glycerine is claimed to not be used in the main recipe anymore)
5. Alcohol is used in the reparation of the Kola leaf and Kola nut mixture (20% Alcohol) - HARAAM
Recipe for VANILLA EXTRACT:
2 Whole vanilla beans
1 ½ c Vodka or Brandy
½ c Water
1 c Granulated sugar
There are various recipes for Vanilla Extract from different resources but this is the most common recipe. Apart from synthetic Vanilla Extract all recipes for Vanilla Extract contain alcohol, either Brandy or Vodka in most cases.
VANILLA EXTRACT has been overlooked and not been investigated before today, not even by the Mujlisul Ulama or the Utusan Konsumer in their respective investigations.
With regards to ETHANOL below is the following Webster's dictionary definition of ETHANOL:
Main Entry: eth a nol
Prounciation: 'e-thA-nOl, British also 'E-
: a colorless volatile flammable liquid C2H5OH that is the INTOXICATING AGENT in liquors and is also used as a solvent - called also ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol
(Based on Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary, Tenth Edition)
Almost all cooldrinks manufactured today contain ethanol since ethanol is used as a dissolving media for most flavourants.
COKE and SPARLETTA amongst others have admitted to having used ethanol in their flavouring essence.
The reasoning that Ethanol is not KHAMR as professed by many scholars is pure deception by shaitaan and the kuffaar.
The first declaration made by Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) concerning this matter was that not only is wine prohibited but that the definition of KHAMR extends to any substance which intoxicates, in whatever form or under whatever name it may appear. Thus, for example, beer and similar drinks are HARAAM.
Our beloved Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was once asked about certain drinks made from honey, corn, or barley by the process of fermenting them until they became alcoholic. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), blessed as he was with the best of speech, replied succinctly:
"Every intoxicant is KHAMR and every KHAMR is HARAAM."
And Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) declared from the pulpit of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam): "KHAMR is that which befogs the mind."
From the above it is evident that ETHANOL is beyond any doubt HARAAM despite what our deceived brothers choose to believe.
GLYCERINE which has already been declared Haraam by the Jamiatul Ulama is included in COKE in two forms. It is firstly used in the Vanilla Extract as a means to "fix" the aroma of the flavouring. It is also used in the main recipe as a preservative although there are claims that it is not used any more.
The Flavouring part of Merchandise #7X is made up of 95% ALCOHOL together with Lemon, orange, lime, cassia and nutmeg oils mixed together.
Islam takes an uncompromising stand in prohibiting intoxicants, regardless of whether the amount is little or much. If an individual permitted to take but a single step along this road, other steps follow; he starts walking and then running, and does not stop at any stage. This is why our beloved Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
"Of that which intoxicates in a large amount, a small amount is HARAAM."
"If a bucketful intoxicates, a sip of it is HARAAM."
In connection with alcohol, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) cursed ten categories of people saying:
"Truly, Allah has cursed KHAMR and has cursed the one who produces it, the one for whom it is produced, the one who drinks it, the one who serves it, the one who carries it, the one for whom it is carried, the one who sells it, the one who earns from the sale of it, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is bought."
When the above verse of Surah al-Maaidah was revealed, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) announced:
"Truly, Allah has prohibited KHAMR. Therefore, whoever hears this verse and possesses some of this substance should neither drink it nor sell it."
The narrator of the Hadith says: "The people brought forth whatever they possessed of it and poured it out in the streets of Madinah."
Islam's stand in prohibiting alcohol and blocking all avenues which lead to drinking is very clear and unequivocal.
The Arab's during the period of jaahiliyyah were very fond of wine and drinking parties. To eradicate this pervasive evil from society, Allah Ta'ala adopted a wise course of education and training, prohibiting it in measured stages. First, He made it clear to them that the harm of drinking wine is greater than its benefit; next, He told them not to come to Salaat while intoxicated; and finally, He revealed the verse in Surah al-Maaidah which prohibited it totally and decisively:
"O you who believe! Truly, intoxicants and gambling and divination by arrows are an abomination of shaitaans' doing; avoid it in order that you may be successful. Assuredly shaitaan desires to sow enmity and hatred among you with intoxicants and gambling, and to hinder you from remembrance of Allah and from Salaat. Will you not then desist?"
The response of the Muslims to these verses was remarkable indeed. At the time some people were drinking, with partly-filled cups in their hands. As soon as they heard someone announcing: "Wine has indeed been prohibited.", they poured the remaining drinks upon the ground and broke the big clay pots in which other drinks were being fermented.
May Allah give us the strength to give up something we love and enjoy, something that has become a part of our daily life. May Allah give us the strength to give it up just as the Muslims of those times gave up wine and drinking parties solely for the pleasure of Allah.
I wish to stress that mere academic knowledge of the HALAAL and HARAAM, and of the limits of these is not sufficient. Although the major sins and principle obligations are known to every Muslim, nonetheless, we find a great many of them indulging in these sins and neglecting those obligations, and rushing toward the Fire with their eyes wide open.
If the Muslim is well-versed in the knowledge of his religion and its Shariah, and at the same time possesses a fully alert conscience which safeguards the limits so that they cannot be overstepped, he is indeed rich in all goodness. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) spoke the truth when he said:
"When Allah intends good for a person, He makes his own soul a watcher over him."
Just as Islam has prohibited whatever leads toward the HARAAM, it has also prohibited resorting to technical legalities in order to do what is HARAAM by devious means and excuses inspired by shaitaan. It has reprimanded the Jews for resorting to such practices. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
"Do not do what the Jews did in order to (technically) leaglise Allah's prohibitions by flimsy excuses."
This is a reference to the fact that Allah had prohibited the Jews to hunt on the Sabbath (Saturday). To get around this prohibition they would dig ditches on Friday so that the fish would fall into them on Saturday, to be caught on Sunday. Those who resort to rationalisations to justify their actions consider such practices to be permissible, but the jurists of Islam consider them HARAAM, since Allah's purpose was to prevent them from hunting on the Sabbath, whether by direct or indirect means.
Calling a HARAAM thing by a name other than its own or changing its form while retaining its essence is a devious tactic, since obviously a change of name or of form is of no consequence as long as thing and essence remain unchanged. Thus, when some people invent new terms in order to deal in usury or to consume alcohol, the sin of dealing in usury and drinking remains. As we read in the collections of Alhadith:
"A group of people will make peoples' intoxication HALAAL by giving it other names. A time will come when people will devour usury, calling it "trade"."
And among the strange phenomena of our time is that people term obscene dance "art", liquor "preservatives", and usury "interest". In all its legislation and moral injunctions, Islam lays great stress on nobility of feelings, loftiness of aims, and purity of intentions. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
"Actions will be judged by intentions, and everyone will be recompensed according to what he intended."
I conclude with the following supplication, which has come to us from the early Muslims:
O Allah, make us independent of HARAAM with HALAAL and of disobedience to You with obedience to You.
All praise is for Allah Ta'ala, Who guided us to this; had He not given us guidance, we could not have been guided.
All information mentioned in this investigative report was checked and re-checked via the different sources available in order to verify the authenticity and accuracy of the information. The information is accurate to the best of my knowledge. Being only human, I stand to be corrected on any error made on any issue discussed.
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