Pharmacy selling medication which contains haram gelatin or alcohol

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

  1. Items containing gelatin from animals that were slaughtered not according to Shari’ah?
  2. Items containing alcohol which have a non-alcoholic equivalent 

Will the money earned from such sales be haraam?


A: If there are no 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)