Rennet is an enzyme widely used in the food industry, but many people have misconceptions about it. Some believe that all rennet is derived from animal sources, which may lead them to believe that products made with rennet are haram.
In this blog post, we will explore the various types of rennet and their halal status to help clarify any confusion and provide a better understanding of this important topic.
About Rennet & Its Source
Many people have misconceptions about rennet, thinking it always comes from an animal source. Some websites claim that products made with enzymes are prohibited in Islam (haram), without considering what animal rennet is made of.
However, it’s important to note that rennet and enzymes are interchangeable terms. If you see me targeting one of these keywords in this blog post, don’t get confused as they refer to the same thing.
There are three types of rennet: Animal Rennet, Microbial Rennet, and Vegetable Rennet, each of which comes from a different source.
- Animal Rennet: obtained from the stomach lining of young calves or other ruminant animals.
- Microbial Rennet: produced by genetically modified bacteria or fungi.
- Vegetable Rennet: derived from certain plants such as thistle, nettle, or fig leaves.
So, Are they halal or haram? Next section you will get your answer!
Is Animal Rennet Halal?
Microbial and Vegetable rennets are considered halal since they are derived from vegetarian sources, meaning they do not contain animal parts. This makes them suitable for Muslims.
The halal status of “Animal rennet” depends on the source. If it is derived from halal animals such as cows slaughtered according to Islamic law, it is considered 100% halal. But if it is derived from haram sources or even permissible animals not slaughtered according to Islamic law, then it is considered forbidden.
This is a small table for Recap!!
|Rennet/ Enzymes||Is It Halal|
|Animal||Halal if derived from halal Animal / Haram if derived from Haram Animal|
In summary, Microbial and Vegetable rennets are halal. Still, the halal status of Animal rennet depends on the source – if derived from halal animals, it’s halal, but if from haram sources or not slaughtered according to Islamic law, it’s haram.
I want to clarify that I am not in a position to alter any laws prescribed by God. My opinions and interpretations are solely personal and have no authoritative value. Therefore, I do not intend to pass any judgment on whether a particular product is halal or haram. Please consider reading multiple sources and gathering information before making any decisions. Lastly, I urge you not to rely solely on my answers and take them lightly.
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