Vitamin D

Question: Vitamin D is commonly derived from sheep wool.  Is this halal to consume? Answer: Bismihi Ta’ala Vitamin D supplements are available in two forms, D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). Vitamin D2 is manufactured by the UV irradiation of ergosterol in yeast, while vitamin D3 is traditionally manufactured by the irradiation of 7-dehydrocholesterol from lanolin and the chemical conversion of cholesterol. Plant-based sources for vitamin D3 are also now available. Lanolin is extracted from the wool of sheep. Can Muslims consume vitamin D supplements that are derived from lanolin? Sheep wool is considered to be pure, therefore the topical use and … Continue reading Vitamin D

A Sunnah-Minded Approach to Medicine for the Practitioner

Shaykh Mateen A. Khan, MD Like everything in Islam, the philosophy of practice for a Muslim health practitioner starts with the kalimah. Bear with me on this. The first half of the kalimah explains the reason for our being here. There is no deity other than Allah. As such, there is no creator or sustainer other than Him. We and everyone else exist simply because He willed us to exist. This is not a matter of debate or choice. Rather, it is a reality. The sooner you accept this reality, the sooner you can move forward in life. How should … Continue reading A Sunnah-Minded Approach to Medicine for the Practitioner

Medication with Unlawful Ingredients

  Bismihi Ta’ala Introduction There are many scenarios in which a Muslim patient may be advised to take medication that is comprised of unlawful substances (“haram medication”).  Is a Muslim allowed to use medication that would be considered unlawful to consume or take benefit of by Islamic law?  If so, in what circumstances?  This article discusses the issue of haram medication and its related rulings based on principles that scholars have derived from the Quran and Sunnah, and provides examples of how these principles can be applied to modern medications and treatments.  Ahadith that Discuss Haram Medication There are numerous … Continue reading Medication with Unlawful Ingredients