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Not All Bristles Come from Pig Bristle

By Ir. Hendra Utama, Senior Auditor of LPPOM MUI

Lexically, bristle meaning is a short, stiff hair, fiber, etc (Webster’s Dictionary). So all hair, stiff fibers, will be termed as bristle in terms. Hair, a stiff beard, can be categorized as a bristle. Another example is that palm fibers or stiff pine leaves can be called bristle.

So, what is the application in the industrial world? In the industrial world, the bristle is indeed used as a brush maker or brush including a toothbrush. The bristle can be sourced from animal hair, plant fibers, or synthetic fibers such as nylon and silicon. Animal fur used can be sourced from pigs, goats, horses, or camels. Plant fibers that have also been used as brushes or brushes are fibers. Nylon is also a synthetic fiber that is commonly used for brushes or toothbrushes.

From the halal aspect of brush materials and brushes including toothbrushes derived from animal hair, it is a critical point. When the ingredients are sea urchins, they should not be used because any material originating from pigs are haram and unclean, both in dry and wet forms. In addition to the prohibition of the substance, the MUI has said that whatever comes from illegitimate pigs for their use (al-intifa’) includes their fur.

But the problem is not all users of brushes or brushes or toothbrushes can recognize whether the brushes they use are brushes that come from sea urchins. One information that can be seen as a marker that a brush or brush comes from pig’s fur is written as a product name such as “Boar Bristle Brush”.

Boar is an English term for wild boar or wild boar. This means that the product is a brush that uses wild boar bristles. The toothbrush can also use this boar bristle. Amazon.com, a global online store, also offers pig toothbrushes called “Fuchs Toothbrushes Pure Natural (Boar) Bristle Record V Adult Soft (Pack of 5) -Assorted colors by Fuchs Toothbrushes” (try to see this URL http: // www .amazon.com/Fuchs-Toothbrushes-Natural-Bristle Assorted / dp / B018IWRZ9K / ref = sr_1_3? s = beauty & ie = UTF8 & qid = 1455426484 & sr = 1-3 & keywords = boar + bristle + toothbrush) and brush made of sea urchins (# 1 TRUSTED Wooden Boar Hair Bristle Beard Brush by Leven Rose – Perfect For a Beard Grooming Kit for Men – Made of Boars Hair Bristles and Natural Wood Firm). Try checking in this URL link http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0152BO0F2?psc=1.

However, brushes or toothbrushes are not always made of pigs even though there is bristle writing, because the term bristle is still general. There are several manufacturers already using goat or camel hair or horses as a brush or nylon material. The last group of ingredients can be clearly used When there is no information on the source of the material, a simple method can be used at least. To ascertain whether or not made from animal hair, the method meant is by burning the material.

If it smells like burning hair or horns, it’s better to leave it alone. Material from plastic or coconut fiber does not emit such a distinctive odor if burned.

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