Is Homeopathic Medicine Halal?

Homeopathy

Question:

Is homeopathy treatment/medicine halal in islam?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine according to which a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people can cure similar symptoms in sick people.[1]  Homeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’, that is, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms.[2]

The remedies are prepared by repeatedly diluting a chosen substance in alcohol or distilled water, followed by forceful striking on an elastic body – a process called succussion.

In the absence of any alternative, it will be permissible to make use of homeopathic medicine on condition a competent Muslim doctor advises the use thereof.[3]

And Allah Ta’ālā Knows Best

Mufti Faraz Adam al-Mahmudi,
www.darulfiqh.com

Concurred by,
Mufti Faisal ibn Abdul Hameed al-Mahmudi
www.fatwa.ca

 


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy

[2] http://www.homeopathy-soh.org/about-homeopathy/what-is-homeopathy/

[3]  كَذَا كُلُّ تَدَاوٍ لَا يَجُوزُ إلَّا بِطَاهِرٍ وَجَوَّزَهُ فِي النِّهَايَةِ بِمُحَرَّمٍ إذَا أَخْبَرَهُ طَبِيبٌ مُسْلِمٌ أَنَّ فِيهِ شِفَاءً وَلَمْ يَجِدْ مُبَاحًا يَقُومُ مَقَامَهُ (الدر المختار من الشامي ج 6 ص 389 أيج أيم سعيد)

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