Muslim consumers warned of online leather goods

Malaysia
Published:  20 August, 2013

Muslim consumers are advised to be careful when buying leather goods and tableware online as they may contain haram (forbidden) elements.

Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan said online shopping could be deceptive because the images of items sold were not clear.

"For example, leather goods made of pigskin have three dots (visible on the material), but with new technology, this is not necessarily the case," he said on August 18.

Nadzim said tableware, such as plates from overseas, could also contain haram elements in the form of animal bones.

"The bones in question need not be pig bones, as cattle bones are also rendered haram if the cattle are not slaughtered in accordance with Islamic rituals."

He urged consumers to buy products from valid sources because it was their right to buy goods that were clean and halal, as doing otherwise would affect their prayers.

"Muslim consumers should not buy goods online (just) based on unique designs and cheap prices."

Nadzim said consumers should ask sellers to show certificates as proof that the items for sale were halal.

"It is better for Muslim consumers to buy from shops.

"This is because they can interact directly with the sellers and also examine the quality of the goods." Bernama

Source: New Straits Times, Malaysia

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