Q 3: What is the ruling on
using alcohol-mixed vinegar in food?
(Part No. 22; Page No. 126) What is the ruling on
medical treatment with alcohol?
It is not permissible to use alcohol-mixed vinegar which causes intoxication upon having a big amount of it, because intoxicating alcohol is considered Khamr (intoxicant). Allah orders His servants to avoid drinking Khamr. Likewise, medical treatment which involves using intoxicating Khamr is not permissible, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) when asked about taking Khamr as medicine, he said,
It is not a medicine, but an ailment.
He (peace be upon him) also said,
If a large amount of anything causes intoxication, a small amount of it is prohibited.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.