Regarding halal foods also there is the matter of “tapai” which is a popular food amongst the Malays here. It may have a different name in Kelantan. Tapai is fermented pulut or ubi kayu. There was an article in a Muslim magazine (The Muslim – by Darul Arqam Singapore) which measured the alcohol content in tapai and its juice. The alcohol content was as much as 5 % in some cases. Beer has less alcohol as it is only about 2-3%. But tapai is consumed with impunity by our community and is even served sometimes in Mawlid gatherings. Apparently there was a fatwa made in one of the states of Malaya that tapai is not haram. Even the Majlis Ugama Islam website of Singapore states that it is not haram as it is made from pure ingredients etc. But isn't beer, wine, toddy or sake also made from pure ingredients? What is consumed customarily does not make it right. I had one Malay patient once, whose wife complained that he must drink a cup of tapai juice each day, otherwise he starts shivering, sweating and trembling. When I examined him, he had obvious signs of alcohol addiction.
- Dr M Tahir
- Dr M Tahir
|Tapai ubi kayu from Pasar Tani, Pasir Tumboh, Kelantan. Photo by FAR|
|Tapai pulut served at a Malay wedding reception in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, 25 June 2010. Photo by FAR|
|Tapai pulut available from Pasar Tani, Pasir Tumboh, Kelantan. Photo by FAR|
|Tapai pulut served at a Malay wedding reception in Panji, Kelantan, 3 June 2011. Photos by FAR|