Posted on 05/19/2012 by __socrates

An infusion of dates and raisins, boiled together until they ferment and become spiritous, but of which a Muslim can drink without impropriety or sin. This is grounded on a circumstance relative to Ibn Ziyad, which is thus related by himself: “Abdu ‘llah, the son of ‘Umra, having given me some sherbet to drink, I became intoxicated to such a degree that I knew not my own house. I went to him next morning, and, having informed him of the circumstances, he acquainted me that he had given me nothing but a drink composed of dates and raisins. Now this was certainly khultin, which had undergone the operation of boiling; because it is elsewhere related by ‘Umar that it is unlawful in its crude state.” (Hidayah, vol. iv. p. 161.)

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam