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

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Askimam.org

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

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


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

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

The answers to your queries are as follows[1]:

  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.


[1]   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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