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According to Daily Mail:

"Coca-Cola and Pepsi contain minute traces of alcohol, scientific research published in France has revealed."

"They suggest that the alcohol levels are as low as 10mg in every litre, and this works out at around 0.001 per cent alcohol."

If it indeed contain 0.001 per cent alcohol - would that still count as Haraam?

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If I'm not mistaken, "intoxicants" is haraam, not alcohol itself. Traces of alcohol won't make it an intoxicant, and you'll die of diabetes long before you get drunk. But I don't know Arabic that well, so I dare not say if it's intoxicants or alcohol. –  Muz Oct 12 '12 at 8:04
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Anything that has sugar in its ingredients will have minute traces of alcohol. Even bread has tiny amounts of alcohol in it. Fermenting is the natural process of certain bacteria feeding on sugar and creating alcohol as a byproduct, the only difference is that in intoxicants the fermenting is further encouraged by the brewing process. –  System Down Oct 13 '12 at 0:21
    
On a side note, you don't need Coke to live a full/healthy life, and it will be no sin on you to give it up. So why not give it up? –  nami Oct 15 '12 at 8:46
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It also steps near the line of bid'ah to say that something may be forbidden when it's actually not. In a similar manner, almost every juice contains 0.1% traces of alcohol: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_by_volume –  Muz Oct 19 '12 at 14:24
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To be on the safe side why not opt out of drinking it? –  Ashu Sep 7 '13 at 6:14

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As you would expect, alcohol is haram, and this is clearly established by the Qur'an and Sunnah.

As for what percentage, there is a hadith that says "what is haram in large quantities is haram in small quantities" But what about really, really small quantities?

Another hadith often used in tahara states that:

If the colour, smell, or taste changes, the purity changes.

This hadith is da'eef; however, by ijmaa, all of the scholars agree to the principle outlined in this hadith.

Based on this, many scholars say that, with food, some quanity of impurity is allowed, without changing the ruling on the food. How small a quantity?

One of my teachers said "I asked shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen this question, and he told me: shari'ah doesn't come with numbers."

You can read this long explanation about the halality of Doritos, which explains this issue in excruciating detail (among other issues). The shaykh suggests a number like 0.0001% of haram will not affect the final purity.

Source: Weekend class on fiqh of food and clothing

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I believe the hadith states what intoxicates in large quantities is forbidden in small quantities - by that reasoning, since large amounts of Coke do not intoxicate, small amounts are not impermissible. However that doesn't rule out other reasons it may be impermissible. –  Ansari Dec 14 '12 at 4:09
    
I see that "purity" is dependent on observable chemical changes. –  Anonymous Sep 8 '13 at 19:52
    
standard copy paste answer with no use of common sense... –  Mehdi Jul 1 at 2:33

I don't want to make fatwa, but as I've read in this fatwa, the Hadith by Prophet Mohammad is:"That what its many makes you drunk, its few is forbidden."

This fatwa is by IslamWeb, and they said due to the preceding Hadith, then any thing containing alcohol is forbidden even it was in a very low amount and it doesn't make you drunk. Unless due to the chemical mixture its material is changed and no more alcohol (Which is not the case in the Coke, I believe).

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A translated fatwa from my country (Malaysia, Shafi'i):

(I'm not going to translate the word Arak here, as the english word for alcohol is used for the drink as well as the chemical. In context, the word Arak here means a drink that is used as an intoxicant.)

  1. All Arak contains alcohol. Not all alcohol is a component of Arak. Alcohol from the process of Arak creation is haraam and najis, but alcohol that is not from the process of Arak creaion is not najis, but haram to drink.

  2. Drinks that are created from the same process of Arak creation, whether it contains a little alcohol or the alcohol is removed is haraam.

  3. Drinks that are not intended to be Arak or intoxicants and not created in the same method are halal.

  4. Tapai is halal.

  5. Alcohol as a byproduct of food creation is not a najis and can be eaten.

  6. Medicine and perfumes that contain alcohol are permitted.

(Personally disagree with point 2 as other scholars have said that non-alcoholic beer and wine vinegar is halal, but just translating)

Source: http://www.e-fatwa.gov.my/fatwa-kebangsaan/alkohol-menurut-pandangan-islam

Another less formal source on this:

If alcohol is derived from grapes or dates, it will be haram and impure. If it is from anything else besides dates and grapes and it does not intoxicate directly or through a mixture, then it is permissible.

Some research turns up this point of view as a common one in other parts of the world, but this is the most formal version I could find.

Source: http://central-mosque.com/index.php/General-Fiqh/alcohol-its-kinds-usage-and-rulings.html

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The Prophet Muhammad SAW has said, "Whatever intoxicates in large amounts, a small amount of it is (also) haraam" - Abu Dawud, Volume 4, Hadith Number - 3681

Allah SWT has forbade mankind from alcohol usage. It is the pranks of satan who makes men drink alcohol, which is also in indirect form! Islam's laws are simple and firm. Follow them by the word!

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My Ulama explained it in simple terms. "If you had a massive pot of curry and one guy put a tiny droplet of urine in it would you eat it? The whole pot becomes impure due to the droplet." In the same way......"If an intoxicating version of alcohol is used and contaminates the drink by even 0.01% it is haraam." I say.... "If in doubt, spit it out! No risk is worth it if the consequence is the wrath of Allah in the hereafter!" Just to clarify, our scholar said if the type of alcohol found is of the same nature as is used in producing some form of intoxicating drink then it is Haraam!

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If someone poured a bottle of alcohol into a river, is the river impure? –  Seeker May 21 at 19:54
    
So if you are wounded you would refuse to use alcohol in order to stop an infection just because you will be impure?? There is a big confusion about the word "impure" and I would not use it everywhere. –  Mehdi Jul 1 at 2:34
    
Islam doesnot work on analogies my friend. Let me put a similar analogy against it, if a small drop of urine touch ur cloth and dry your cloth will become unclean while if a same small drop of semen touch ur cloth and dry your cloth will stay clean. Both things are coming out of same origin. So come with reference not with analogies. –  NaXir Jul 18 at 5:57

Simply , you're not getting the picture here , Alcohol is not the haram thing but anything that makes you "drunk" (Losing your own control) is haram , but if drinking a coke doesn't make you losing your own control , so it's halal , the problem is not in Alcohol (as an ingrediant) but in what he does to human mind and body !

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Back it up, show reference please. –  I'll-Be-Back Sep 1 '13 at 20:45
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Really? Alcohol is NOT haram?? can you back your claims with scholarly opinion? or Quran and hadith? –  Farhan Dec 15 '13 at 14:14
    
To those who are downvoting, can you please bring any reference where "alcohol" is clearly stated?? As far as I know hadith and Coran only talk about "Maysar" and "Khamr", this answer is not fully wrong, so try to think before you downvote –  Mehdi Jul 1 at 2:36

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