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Salaamun Alaykum

Please find below the questions on Collagen and Akik and Firoza to which the
reply was kindly provided by Ma'alim Hasnain Kassamali.
We apologise for the delay in dealing with this question.

With Duas and Salaams

Maqbul Rahim
Acting Moderator for ABDG-A

Q1. Collagen is found in many hand creams and lotions.  Since it is an animal
product do we consider it paak or najis?

A1.  An animal product is najis if both of the following are present:
a)At the time of slaughtering the animal, its blood comes out with gush, and
b)Such animal (as mentioned above) is not slaughtered according to method
prescribed by Islam, nor is there a probability that it may have been
slaughtered thus.
Now if these condtions apply to Collagen then it is najis, otherwise it is paak.

God knows the best.

Reference: See Tawdheehul Masaa'il of both Ayatullah al-Khu'i (may God have
mercy on his ruh) and and al-Seestani in the chapter of Najasat under the
discussion of "Dead Body".

Q2.  What is the significance of wearing Akik and firoza rings?

Q2.  There are several hadiths from our Imams recommending  us to wear
rings containing Aqeeq and Feeroza. Some of these are:
1)Ma`adh has narrated on the authority of Imam `Ali (a) saying: The one who
wears an aqeeq ring, God grants him (literally: seals for him) the peace
(al-amn) and faith.
2)Imam `Ali (a) has said: Wear aqeeq on your rings, you will be blessed and
will be saved from afflictions. 
3)`Abul Mu'min al-Ansaaree reports that I heard Abu `Abdillah (Imam Ja`far
as-Sadiq) saying: The hands that wears Firoza will not see poverty.

God knows the best.

Reference: Shaykh al-Tabrasee, Makarimul Akhlaaq, Teheran, 1972, pp. 87-89.

With salaams and du`as

Hasnain Kassamali
Humble servant of the Ahlul Bayt (a)

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