I am an animal doctor. Can I treat pigs?

Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed

I am an animal doctor. Can I treat pigs?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

May His blessings and peace be on His Beloved Prophet, the best of creation, and his family, companions, and followers

It should be known that pigs are considered non-respected animals in the Shariah.

As such, it appears that if treating the pig would lead to making oneself filthy—such as when the treatment is with one’s hand directly and some of its moistures affect one—then it would be impermissible (haram), because it would be considered making oneself filthy without due need, which is impermissible.

When the pig’s treatment does not result in making oneself filthy, then no reason for impermissibility would appear. However, it could be disliked.

Amjad Rasheed

(Translated by Faraz Rabbani)


السؤال : أنا طبيب حيوانات ، هل يجوز علاج الخنازير ؟ الجواب : اعلم أن الخنـزير من الحيوانات غير المحترمة وبناءً عليه فالذي يظهر للفقير أن علاجه إن كان يلزم منه التنجيسُ بأن يباشره بيده مثلاً مع توسط رطوبة فهو حرام ؛ لأنه تضمخ بالنجاسة من غير حاجة وهو حرام ، أما إن لم يلزم من علاجه التنجيس فلا يظهر لي وجهٌ لتحريمه لكن قد يقال بالكراهة .