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Islamic Group to Issue Decree on Drinking Cola, Arab News Says

July 3 (Bloomberg) -- The International Islamic Fiqh Academy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will determine whether drinking cola is permissible for Muslims after a French study found some may contain minuscule traces of alcohol, Arab News reported.

A religious decree will be issued by the beginning of next year after the Islamic body consults doctors, chemists and other experts on the topic, the Jeddah-based newspaper reported, citing Sheikh Mohammed Al-Nujaimi, a member of the academy.

To contact the reporter on this story: Glen Carey in Riyadh at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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