Category Archives: Medicines

Medicines which are permissible.

Hyaluronic Injection

Question: Is it permissible to take an injection of hyaluronic acid, also called synvisc injection for severe arthritis pain in the knees. The hyaluronic acid comes from the Chicken Comb. Jaza -Kallah.


Assalamu Alaikum,

Yes, it is permissible to use the Synvisc injection for arthritis.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Alcohol in Medicine

Q: Assalaamu Alaikum,

I would like to gain some guidance with regards to taking medication which contain alcohol. As such I am hoping that this can be published on the fatwa section of the website as there are many conflicting views on taking medication which contain alcohol. I do believe it can aid the public immensely. The following are my concerns:

1) Is it allowed to take medications such as cough syrups and tonics which contain alcohol or any other substance which is related to alcohol while being sick.

2) Is it allowed to take medication which contain alcohol not for the purpose of recovering from a sickness but as a form of nutrition or immune supplementation such as Ferrol or Codol compounds.

3) Is there a difference between the alcohol which is in medicine (emulsifies or stabilizers) as opposed to that which is found in drinks for the purpose of intoxication. If there is based on its purpose, does that mean that there is reason for its allowance in medication use or is the nature of alcohol itself completely haram.

Assalaamu Alaikum,

A: Wa alaikum Assalaam

1) It is allowed to take medications such as cough syrups etc. which contain alcohol when there is a necessity to do so. And this allowance is given when there are no other ‘alcohol-free’ medications available and a reliable doctor instructs one to use such medication for the recovery of an illness. If this is not the case, then it will not be allowed to use/consume such medicines.

2) Medications/tonics that are used not based on a necessity, which contain alcohol, are not allowed to be consumed according to the majority of Jurists/Scholars. The only allowance that has been given for their use is when there is a necessity to do so and there are no alcohol-free medications available. Hence, it will not be permissible to use supplements and other forms of nutritional mixtures/substances that are taken for betterment of the body/health/organs and not for the sake of curing an illness or removing ill health. This is not a necessity and alternatives for these can be found.

3) Alcohol found in food/drink may come from dates, grapes and other plants. All these have been considered ‘impure’ and ‘unlawful’ for use by the majority of scholars. If these are found in medications, the same ruling will apply. The traditions regarding the prohibition of intoxicants are general and once these fall within the category of the ‘prohibited intoxicant’ or ‘alcohol’, the ruling will be the same regardless of what it is used for. (that is food/drinks/medications)

In this regard, the Prophet (S.A) is reported to have said, ‘Every intoxicant is haram (unlawful)’. (Sahih Muslim Hadith # 3724). In another tradition, he is reported to have said, ‘Whatever intoxicates in a large amount, then a small amount of it is haram (unlawful)’. (Tirmizi Hadith # 1788)

Based on these general statements, the majority of scholars have stated that all drinks/substances that intoxicate will be deemed unlawful. They are all impure and their use is prohibited. So, the nature of alcohol itself is haram (unlawful), hence, its use is prohibited in foods/drinks/medications. In the case of medications, when there is a necessity to use these, it will be allowed to the extent of the necessity when there is no other substitute or alternative. (Kitabul Fatawa vol.6 pg. 205,206)

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Waseem Khan

Date: 13/11/2013

Evening Primrose

Question: As salaamu Alaikum.
Is the Evening Primrose with Starflower oil capsule halaal of the Seven Seas brand.
thank u

Answer: Assalaamu alaikum,

Yes this is a Halaal product, please refer to the Halaal update section of our website,



1. B Complex 100 mg — Timed Release
2. B Complex 100 mg — Timed Release
3. B Complex 50 mg
4. B Complex 75 mg
5. B Complex with Vitamin C
6. Beta-Carotene 10,000 IU/6,000 mcg/3,000 mcg RAE
7. Beta-Carotene 25,000 IU/15,000 mcg/7,500 mcg RAE
8. Biotin 250 mcg
9. Calcium Chewable 350 mg — Spearmint
10. Calcium Magnesium
11. Calcium Magnesium with Zinc
12. Calcium with Vitamin D — 500 mg Calcium with 1,000 IU Vitamin D
13. Canadian Ginseng 250 mg
14. Chelated Chromium 200 mcg
15. Chewable Probiotic — Strawberry Yogurt
16. Chewable Vitamin C 500 mg — Citrus
17. Chewable Vitamin C 500 mg — Grape Juice
18. Chewable Vitamin C 500 mg — TangyOrange
19. Chewable Vitamin C 500 mg — Tropical Juice
20. Chewable Vitamin C 500 mg — Wild Blueberry
21. Digestive Enzymes — Nutrisentials™
22. Echinacea — Tincture Extract
23. Exxtra-C™ 500 mg — Timed Release
24. Folic Acid 1 mg
25. Folic Acid 400 mcg/0.4 mg
26. Ginkgo Biloba
27. Glucosamine 750 mg — Shellfish Free
28. Glucosamine Sulfate 500 mg — Shellfish Free
29. Glucosamine Sulfate 500 mg — Shellfish Free
30. Glucosamine Sulfate 500 mg — Shellfish Free
31. Grape Seed
32. GTF Chromium 200 mcG
33. Herbal Diuretic
34. High Potency Magnesium 250 mg
35. Iron 50 mg — Timed Release
36. Kelp 650 mcg
37. Korean Red Ginseng 275 mg
38. Lutein-Z™
39. Lycopene 10,000 mcg
40. Magnesium 100 mg
41. Magnesium 50 mg
42. Maximum StrengthSt. John’sWort 300 mg
43. Mega Cal™ Calcium 650 mg
44. Milk Thistle
45. MSM 1,000 mg
46. Mulberry Chromium Complex
47. Neurosome™St. John’sWort 200 mg
48. Niacin 500 mg
49. Niacin 500 mg with Inositol — Flush Free Formula
50. Organic Flax Liquid — Strawberry Banana
51. Potassium 100 mg — Timed Release
52. Potassium 50 mg
53. Probiotic 30 Billion
54. Red Dragon™ Imperial Ginseng
55. Selenium 100 mcg
56. Selenium 50 mcg
57. Selenium 50 mcg — Yeast Free
58. Siberian Ginseng 650 mg
59. Silica 10 mg
60. Stress Plex™
61. Total Energy
62. Vita-Vim™ Vegetarian
63. Vitamin B1 100 mg (Thiamine)
64. Vitamin B12 1,000 mcg Strips (Methylcobalamin)
65. Vitamin B12 1,000 mcg Sublingual Tablets (Methylcobalamin)
66. Vitamin B12 1,200 mcg (Colbalamin) Timed Release
67. Vitamin B12 100 mcg (Cobalamin)
68. Vitamin B12 25 mcg (Cobalamin)
69. Vitamin B12 250 mcg (Cobalamin)
70. Vitamin B12 50 mcg (Cobalamin)
71. Vitamin B2 100 mg (Riboflavin)
72. Vitamin B6 100 mg (Pyridoxine)
73. Vitamin B6 25 mg (Pyridoxine)
74. Vitamin B6 250 mg (Pyridoxine)
75. Vitamin B6 50 mg (Pyridoxine)
76. Vitamin C 1,000 mg
77. Vitamin C 1,000 mg — Timed Release
78. Vitamin C 500 mg
79. Vitamin C 500 mg — Timed Release
80. Vitamin C 500 mg — Timed Release
81. Zinc 10 mg
82. Zinc 25 mg
83. Zinc 50 mg
84. Zinc 50 mg — Timed Release
85. Zinc Lozenges with Echinacea and Vitamins C and D — Wild Cherry



The following is the current listing of all Seven Seas Halaal Products. Please ignore all other lists in favour of this one. This update is from November 2012.


  1. Traditional Cod Liver Oil Liquid & Capsules,
  2.  High Strength Cod Liver Oil Capsules & Liquid,
  3.  Extra High Strength Cod Liver Oil Liquid,
  4.  Cherry Cod Liver Oil Liquid,
  5.  Evening Primrose Oil Plus Starflower Oil Capsules,
  6.  Pure Evening Primrose Oil Capsules,
  7.  Maxepa Forte Capsules,
  8.  Pulse Cardiomax Capsules (same capsule as Maxepa Forte),
  9.  Orange Syrup & Cod Liver Oil,
  10.  Vitamin B Complex Capsules/Becombion Capsules,
  11.  Jointcare Max & Xcel Max Capsules and Tablets,
  12.  Pulse Omega 3 Capsules,
  13.  Pulse Original Capsules,
  14.  Pulse High Strength Triomega Capsules,
  15.  Pulse Advanced Capsules,
  16.  Seven Seas/Minadex Multivitamin Syrup,
  17.  Seven Seas/Minadex Tonic,
  18.  Multibionta,
  19.  Multibionta Vitality,
  20.  Multibionta 50+,
  21.  Multibionta Activate,
  22.  Multibionta Immune Defence

Vitamins containing ethyl alcohol.

Q. I would like to know if it is permissible to consume dietary supplements (such as Tisane) which contains ethyl alcohol because I’m not certain whether it is permissible or not. I am aware that most fruits naturally contains some percent of ethyl alcohol and I know that it is used in some medicine to dissolve other solid ingredients etc. I would really appreciate it if you could tell me whether tisane or products (like medicines/vitamins) that contain ethyl alcohol is good for Muslim consumption or not.

A. It is not permissible to consume supplements or any other medication or drinks which contain ethyl alcohol. Those fruits that may contain some percent of this will be permissible since it is a natural part of the fruit, and was not actually mixed with ethyl alcohol. As such, when someone consumes a fruit or its juice, he will not say that he has consumed a product which has been made with ethyl alcohol. If however, the fruit juice has been fermented and has reached a state which is known to be alcohol then it will be unlawful to consume.

With respect to that which you have asked about, these are products which are made with the alcohol and hence, would not be permissible for Muslims to consume.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Waseem Khan