Saudi Sheikh Says Bio Fuel is a Sin: Stupidity, however, is not.

Sheikh advises ethanol bio fuel use prohibited by Islam

Saudi scholar warns alcohol in bio fuel is a sin

Muslims may be sinning if they fill their cars with bio fuel like that from this Sao Paulo ethanol pump (Courtesy of Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz).jpg


A prominent Saudi scholar warned youths studying abroad of using ethanol or other fuel that contains alcohol in their cars since they could be committing a sin, local press reported Thursday.

Sheikh Mohamed Al-Najimi, member of the Saudi Islamic Jurisprudence Academy, based his statement on a saying by the prophet that prohibited all kinds of dealings with alcohol including buying, selling, carrying, serving, drinking, and manufacturing, the Saudi newspaper Shams reported Thursday.

Saudi and Muslim youth studying abroad would violate the prohibition if they used bio fuel, he said, since it “is basically made up of alcohol.”

Majimi stressed that his statement should not be considered an official fatwa, but is rather a personal opinion. He noted that this is an important issue that needs to be studied by the relevant religious bodies.

Bio fuel is becoming increasingly popular in the West for its relatively low price and as an environmentally-friendly source of energy..

In the past few years, millions of organic-fuel cars have been manufactured in Europe, the United States, Brazil, China, and India.

Bio fuel is derived from recently dead biological material. Bio fuel is manufactured by growing plants that are high in sugar, like sugar cane or sugar beet, or high in starch, like maize. The sugar or starch is then converted into cellular energy by using yeast fermentation to produce ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, which is also found in alcoholic beverages.

(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)


8 thoughts on “Saudi Sheikh Says Bio Fuel is a Sin: Stupidity, however, is not.

  1. Asalaamu alaikum,

    This is my first time commenting on your blog.

    Thanks for posting this. Actually, speechless. The senselessness of it has left me speechless.

  2. So in the past all those alchemist/chemist used alcohol to do science (in the old islamic empire)… I love these stuff and the funny thing is I bet you a million of muslims would agree with him. This is a another reason why muslim are in a poor state of affairs.

    Where the hell do you get these people from, I’m off the fuel by car with biofuel!!

  3. I’m a muslim but I really don’t get this, say if there wasn’t an alternative, would we stop using transport? it’s fuel! it doesn’t harm any one…maybe our scholars need to dig deeper in our religion and stop trying to implement things based on something that has a completely different meaning…either that or come up with a more solid reason than our holy prophet (P.B.U.H) said this…how do you know? prove it that it’s true…tell us why it’s wrong not who said it’s wrong.

  4. yes, It is a sin because it would undermine the wealth sources of the Saudi royal family.

    This is not about stupidity but about deceit and lining their pockets with money while destroying the environment – something which is haram because it is a betrayal of the Quranic injunction for humanity as stewards of God’s creation.

  5. I suppose we should dump all alcohol swabs we use for injections too…
    I suppose reading Quran by the light of an alcohol light is haram…

    these guys crack me up….

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