Halal meat for Muslims has been a common part of everyday life in the UK for some time, but now a Muslim businesswoman has gone a step further by launching a range of halal make-up, which is free from alcohol and animal products, in the UK, the BBC reported on Friday.
The cosmetics – a full range, including lipstick, eyeliner and blusher – are made in strict accordance with Islamic law, using plant extracts and minerals instead of animal products and alcohol. Samina Akhter set up the Samina Pure make-up line from her home in Birmingham after questioning what she was putting on her skin and feeling uneasy praying whilst wearing make-up. Akhter has said that:
‘I didn’t feel comfortable praying with make-up on not knowing what was in there. When I researched [what was in my] make-up, I found there were a lot of animal products included. I was shocked to find that some products contained alcohol and even pig placenta. Many Muslim women like me have been frustrated by wanting to look good and follow their faith. I’ve had women say ‘Thank you. Now I can use products and pray without having to my make-up off.’
Akhter started importing the make-up from Australia around six months ago. The products are certified by the independent Halal Certification Authority Australia, and Samina Pure is the first company in the UK to sell Halal-certified make-up. The company now has over 500 customers in the UK and business continues to grow.
However in light of this week’s reports on the success of Samina Pure, there has been advice given and concerns raised by some Muslim leaders who claim other businesses may be cashing in on the halal cosmetic products market, and that Muslim women need to be careful in their choices of products. There is clearly a difference of opinion amongst Muslim scholars as to whether make-up from a regular high-street or supermarket brand is allowed to be used by Muslim women. Sheikh Haitham Al-Haddad states that there are two schools of thought:
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