Is Your Vitamin Halal?

Noor Vitamins are certified Halal and affordable.

If a mother eats a reasonably, well-balanced diet, taking vitamins are not necessary.  To find out why, checkout this article by Kellymom.  SubhanAllah, Allah (swt) has made our bodies very efficient at producing milk for our babies.

However, with the demands and stress of postpartum life, many women fall short of eating a truly, nutritious diet.  Therefore, many women continue take a multi-vitamin to ensure that they are getting all the nutrients they need.

“O you who have believed, eat from the pure things which we have provided you” (Quran 2:172).  Did you know that most brands use haram ingredients to make their vitamins?  Many people do not think it is important to check the pureness of vitamins, but as narrated by Abu Hurayrah (RA), the Prophet of Allah (saws) said, “a time will come upon the people wherein a man will not bother what he intakes; whether from Halal source or Haram” (Bukhari).  Gelatin derived from pig fat or bones, is often used in vitamins as a softening agent.  Alcohol may also be used to make certain ingredients in vitamins.  Also, fat-soluble vitamins A,D,E and K often come from non-halal sources.

S’ad RA relates: Allah’s messenger (saws) said “O S’ad purify your food (and as a result) you will become one whose supplications are accepted. I swear by He in whose hands the soul of Muhammad (saws) lies, verily a servant (of Allah) tosses a Haram morsel in his stomach (due to which) no deed is accepted from him for 40 days” (Tabarani)

We all want our deeds to be accepted by Allah (swt).  Therefore, it is important that you check your vitamins with a resource such as Muslim Consumer Group or contact the company to verify if the vitamins are safe to consume.

To make it easy for you, I have compiled a short list of halal vitamins.

Noor Vitamins (Certified Halal by Islamic Services of America)

Halvit (IFANCA certified)

Nutrition Enhancement

Salaam Nutritionals

Vitamin Corner

Landau Multivitamins, Minerals, and Prenatal Vitamin

Maxi Health Multivitamins, Minerals, and Prenatal Vitamin

Solgar Multivitamins and Minerals, Calcium Citrate & Vitamin D

Zahlers Multivitamins and Minerals

If you know of anymore halal vitamin products, please contact me.

Islam Protects and Promotes Breastfeeding

Islam protects the breastfeeding relationship by providing rights and provisions that ensure the mother and child attain optimal benefits.  Here is a small list of examples that make breastfeeding easier and more achievable:

  • Breastfeeding is the right of the mother.  If she is willing no one can keep her from doing it.
  • Breastmilk is the birthright of a child.
  • As a part of marriage, husbands provide emotional, moral, physical and financial support.
  • After birth, women are given a generous 40/60 day (depending on madhab) maximum resting period while she is still bleeding (nifas). During this time she is not obligated to fast or pray (Sunnipath).
  • Sexual intercourse with one’s husband is not allowed while a woman is bleeding (nifas) after childbirth.
  • With a valid excuse, breastfeeding women can delay their fasts and make them up at a later time.
  • Children must honor their parents as mentioned in the translation of Surah Luqman verse 14, “And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and good to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years. Give thanks to Me and to your parents; unto Me is the final destination”

The following are derived from Surah Al-Baqarah Verse 233:

  • The recommended full term of breastfeeding is 2 years.  This is the perfect amount of time because there are many benefits (please refer to this post).
  • Breastfeeding does not have to be a hardship. No one can force a woman to breastfeed.mm
  • Weaning early is permissible if a mother and father wish to do so.
  • If the parents choose to, they can hire a wet-nurse to feed the baby.
  • If the father/husband is not available e.g. he dies, his heir is responsible for facilitating his responsibilities for feeding the child.
  • Women have no obligation to work outside the home to provide food, clothing, or maintenance of the household. In general, and within reasonable means, this is the responsibility of the husband.
  • It is the father’s responsibility to find and pay for a milk-source if the mother does not breastfeed.
  • If a woman is divorced and still breastfeeding she has to be maintained (or compensated) by the ex-husband.

Article: The Importance of Breastfeeding the Muslim Child

The Importance of Breastfeeding the Muslim Child

This is a great article which basically encompasses a lot of issues I would like to discuss on this blog.  It’s a good read for anyone who is considering breastfeeding or who would like to understand more about why it is important for Muslims to breastfeed.

Oh No! My Child is Turning Two and He is Not Weaned

Many mothers worry if their child is still nursing beyond the age of two years.  As a mother myself, I understand that certain challenges can prevent a child from completely weaning as expected.  However, mothers should not put undue hardship on themselves if their child does not weaned by their second birthday.  In the translation of Surah-Al Ahqaf verse 15, Allah (swt) shows his compassion for mothers, “And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship, and his gestation and weaning [period] is thirty months. [He grows] until, when he reaches maturity and reaches [the age of] forty years, he says, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to work righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring. Indeed, I have repented to You, and indeed, I am of the Muslims.”

Naturally, weaning is a gradual process that differs for each child.  While there is a recommendation to breastfeed for two years, there is no obligation to wean at two years.  Also, there are different allowances for the length of time one can breastfeed in Islam.  Please read the following questions answered by qualified scholars to learn more about this issue.

Can I breastfeed after two years, or is it sinful?

What is the minimum age that a child should be breastfed?

Breastfeeding longer than two years in the Shafi Madhab

Is it permissible to breastfeed a child over two years old?

Is it permissible for the mother to breastfeed her child for longer then two years if there is a need?

Great Articles on Weaning:

Weaning: How does it happen?

Natural Weaning

Baby Knows Best: Baby Led Weaning Promotes Healthy Food Preferences

Allah’s Mercy for Breastfeeding Mothers

Many women dread breastfeeding, discouraged by other women’s horror stories of painful sucking, plagues of mastitis and low milk supply. However, these women are an exception to the billions of women who have successfully enjoyed breastfeeding their children. Breastfeeding is a natural experience for mother and baby, and in many ways Allah (swt) has made it easy for us. As the translation of Surah Al-Sharh verse 6 states, “Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.”

Here are some ways that Allah (swt) shows us mercy:

  • Baby first food, the nutrient dense colostrum, is made in the breasts of the mother while she is pregnant. Therefore, the food is ready for whenever he is born.
  • Milk comes automatically 3-5 days after birth, assuming the woman’s health is normal.
  • Breastfeeding helps to prevent postpartum hemorrhage by shrinking the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size.
  • Baby born with suckling and rooting reflexes that make it possible for him to breastfeed.
  • Baby born with senses (sight, smell, touch) that allow him to find the breast.
  • Breastmilk is sterile, meaning it is completely free of germs.
  • Montgomery glands on the nipple secrete oils that lubricate, clean and protect the skin.
  • Breastmilk is always warm.
  • In general, a woman is born with everything she needs to breastfeed, no extra supplies are needed:)
  • There are many medical, social and environmental benefits to breastfeeding
  • Breastmilk adjusts to child’s nutrient needs
  • Breastmilk is inherently regulated by a supply demand system

Allah’s Love for Believers

In the the translation of Bukhari Volume 8, Book 73, Number 28,  Umar ibn Al-Khattab narrates, “Some Sabi (i.e. war prisoners, children and women only) were brought before the Prophet and behold, a woman amongst them was milking her breasts to feed and whenever she found a child amongst the captives, she took it over her chest and nursed it (she has lost her child but later she found him) the Prophet said to us, “Do you think this lady can throw her son in the fire?” We replied, “No, if she has the power not to throw it (in the fire).” The Prophet then said, “Allah is more merciful to His slaves than this lady to her son.”  This frantic mother had lost her child and was looking for him in a crowd.  Could you imagine her agony as she put each child to her breast to see if it was her son?  Alhamdulilah, she eventually found her child.  The sahaba knew such a mother would never do anything to harm her child.  By this example, the Prophet (saws) illustrated the tremendous love and mercy of Allah (swt) for His believers, which is significantly superior to the bond between a mother and child.

Subhan’Allah, Please Help Spread the Barakah of Breastfeeding by sharing this blog with others.

The Muslim Fathers Role in Breastfeeding

Fathers play an important role in breastfeeding. Many of the responsibilities of fathers are mentioned in the translation of Surah Al-Baqarah verse 233 which states “Mothers may breastfeed their children two complete years for whoever wishes to complete the nursing [period]. Upon the father is the mothers’ provision and their clothing according to what is acceptable. No person is charged with more than his capacity. No mother should be harmed through her child, and no father through his child. And upon the [father’s] heir is [a duty] like that [of the father]. And if they both desire weaning through mutual consent from both of them and consultation, there is no blame upon either of them. And if you wish to have your children nursed by a substitute, there is no blame upon you as long as you give payment according to what is acceptable. And fear Allah and know that Allah is Seeing of what you do.”

Key Responsibilities

  • Moral support and encouragement
  • Cannot force or deny mother from breastfeeding
  • Maintenance of family and household on a reasonable basis
  • Finding milk source if mother does not breastfeed
  • Heir adopts responsibilities if he is not available
  • Discussing and deciding weaning with mother
  • Compensating  a hired wet nurse

The financial support of father’s is an excellent duty which should not be disregarded. As translated narration of Thauban bin Bujdud (ra) states, The Prophet (saws) said:

The most excellent dinar is one a person spends on his family” (Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen, Chapter 36 Sustentation of the Members of the Family).

If a father intends to take care of his family for the sake of Allah (swt), his expenses will insh’Allah be returned to him.

The translation of Surat Saba verse 39 states “Say, “Indeed, my Lord extends provision for whom He wills of His servants and restricts [it] for him. But whatever thing you spend [in His cause] – He will compensate it; and He is the best of providers.”

In addition, a father can make breastfeeding a rewarding experience by setting a positive family tone, providing practical help and building a relationship with the baby.  Insh’Allah, more Muslim couples intend to breastfeed their children and benefit from the Barakah of Breastfeeding.