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Can I Prescribe Medication With Gelatin When a Less Efficacious Alternative is Available?

Shaykh Jamir Meah answers a question related to the permissibility of prescribing medication which contains gelatin.   Question: Salaam, I know it is haram to take medicine that has haram elements in it (like gelatin capsules) if there is a reasonable alternative (such as tablets). So as a muslim psychiatrist, many of our medicines have […]

Are Diseases Contagious?

Ustadh Tabraze Azam is asked how one reconciles hadith and science on contagion. I have a teacher who is an alim from the Deobandi school of thought. My understanding of disease was that Allah created germs and that many germs are the reason for the spread of disease as they can be passed on when […]

Are Intoxicants Permissible for Medical Use?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Assalamu alaykum I have read many Fatwa’s which say that grape wine is absolutely impermissible for a Muslim to consume because of its intoxicating properties. Yet, when one is prescribed pain medication for back pain (for example), they can become intoxicated by its effects. Nonetheless, pain medication is not […]

Can Holistic Medicines Practically Help Someone In The Religion? by Shaykh Jamir Meah

In his last article, Shaykh Jamir Meah discussed the concepts of health and disease within an Islamic framework. He also looked at the law of vibration. In the final article of this series, Shaykh Jamir looks at how holistic treatment and its principles practically benefits the believer and can help in their relationship with Allah Most High. As we’ve […]

Should I give up a medical degree due to contact with male patients?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: Assalam aleykum, When studying medicine, you are required to put catheters in both male and female patients. As a female Muslim, I don’t feel it would be right to go into Medicine knowing this is required of me. Should I become a doctor because of this? Answer: Assalamualaykum […]

The Importance of Holistic Healing for Believers, by Shaykh Jamir Meah

In this series of articles, Shaykh Jamir Meah explores the importance of holistic and natural medicine in the treatment of chronic diseases, and how the principles and practice of natural therapies not only complement our Islamic values and aspirations, but can often promote our own religious practice and spiritual growth. The Relationship between Mind, Body, and Spirit […]

When Can I Take a Medicine Containing Gelatin?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Assalam aleykum I have a daughter with a congenital heart disease. I need to vaccinate her against the flu every year. My local GP is giving intranasal flu vaccine which is derived from gelatin. It is much better then the injection. The injection is less effective but I believe […]

My Grandmother Is Required to Take a Drug Everyday. Does She Have to Fast During Ramadan?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum, My grandmother is required to take a drug twice a day. One time is around midnight and the other time is around noon. What should she do during Ramadan, when she has to take it during the day? Does she have to fast during Ramadan? She has […]

Can I Use Medicine Containing Gelatine If My Body Can’t Tolerate Anything Else?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum, Is it permissible to take Tramadol Pain medication if the capsule is gelatine based? I am allergic to Codeine and Morphine is way to strong and causes severe effects on my body if I take it long term. I suffer from Fibromyalgia. Will my prayers and fasts […]

Is it Permissible to Take Medicine That Contains Gelatin?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I have a medical condition for which I have been given medication by my consultant. The medication contains gelatin and is not available in any other form. There is nothing I can take as a substitute for this medication either. According to the Hanafi Madhab, would it be permissible […]