Pharmacy selling medication which contains haram gelatin or alcohol

Q: Is it permissible for a pharmacy to sell the following products:

1. Items containing gelatin from animals that were not slaughtered according to Shari’ah?

2. Items containing alcohol which have a non-alcoholic equivalent.

3. Also, will the money earned from such sales be haraam?


A: If there are no halaal alternatives, then it is permissible.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وأكل الترياق يكره إذا كان فيه شيء من الحيات وإن باع ذلك جاز (الفتاوى الهندية 1/ 355)

امداد الاحكام 4/ 320

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)