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Testing on animals for medical research; Using products that have been tested on animals

Fatwaa ID: 182

Question:


Assalamualaikum,

I have two questions:

1) Is testing on animals for medical research to help cure illnesses considered haraam in Islam?

2) Is it haraam to use products (such as cosmetics) that have been tested on animals?

Jazakallahu Khayran

Answer:

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

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Sister in Islam,

The answers to your queries are as follows[i]:

  1. Testing on animals for medical research to help cure illnesses is permissible provided there is a genuine need. Thus, it should be kept to the extent of the need, and all reasonable measures must be taken to avoid undue pain or ill-treatment of the animals.
  2. Using products tested on animals is permissible provided the product itself is halal.

And Allaah Ta’aala Knows Best.

Muajul I. Chowdhury
Student, Darul Iftaa
Astoria, New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


[i]   سورة البقرة (آية 29)

{هُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ لَكُمْ مَا فِي الْأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا ثُمَّ اسْتَوَى إِلَى السَّمَاءِ فَسَوَّاهُنَّ سَبْعَ سَمَاوَاتٍ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ (29) }

الأشباه والنظائر لابن نجيم (ص: 73)

الضَّرُورَاتُ تُبِيحُ الْمَحْظُورَاتِ

 الأشباه والنظائر لابن نجيم (ص: 73)

مَا أُبِيحَ لِلضَّرُورَةِ يُقَدَّرُ بِقَدْرِهَا

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