What to do if a Muslim was taken ill seriously?

Question: Muslim is sick. There are two types of drugs. The first tablet of doubtful production. A second is infusion of herbs in alcohol proven tool that guarantees the cure of disease. Which way to go?


Respected Brother/Sister in Islam

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

There is no guarantee that there is cure in medication. A Muslim should always believe that Allah alone is the one who cures and the medication is just the means (medium) used to cure. Undoubtedly, some means will be stronger and more reliable than others. So a person should adopt the strongest and best permissible means available to cure his illness together with placing his full trust in Allah. That if Allah wills, I will be cured.

As far as using medication with alcohol is concerned, it is permissible as most medicines today contain alcohol that is synthetic (not made from dates or grapes) as long as there is no fear of intoxication.

The Fuqahaa (jurists) have ruled that the use of such medication to cure illness is permissible.

If there is any possibility of the intoxication; or the alcohol is made from dates or grapes, it will not be permissible to take such medication. In this case, a permissible alternative should be sought. If there is no other equal alternative available and doctors have advised that this medication is the only suitable medication for the illness, it will be permissible to use due to the necessity.

(Buhooth Fi Qadhaya Fiqhiyyah Mu’asarah, Vol: 1, Pg: 340, By Mufti Muhammed Taqi Uthmani)

فإن كانت الكحول المستعملة في الأدوية متخذة من غير العنب والتمر، فإن تناولها جائز في مذهب أبي حنيفة وأبي يوسف ما لم تبلغ حد الإسكار. ويمكن أن يؤخذ بقولهما لحاجة التداوي. وأما إذا كانت الكحول متخذة من العنب أو التمر، فلا يجوز استعمالها إلا إذا أخبر طبيب عدل أنه ليس له دواء آخر. لأن التداوي بالمحرم يجوز عند الحنفية في هذه الحالة

And Allah Knows Best


Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

Fatwa Dept.

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