Medicinal Use of Marijuana

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Medicinal Use of Marijuana

Q: I was diagnosed with Chron’s Disease a year ago, and I have tried all types of medicines which have only made my condition a lot worse. Now I am at a point where I do not use medicines at all, and pray my pain will be relieved. I am the oldest child and I am feeling like a burden to my parents. I researched online for remedies and found that marijuana can be used as a remedy for the symptoms of Chron’s disease. I am very helpless because I am not sure if it would be permitted in Islam to use marijuana if it’s for medicinal purposes. I am not a pot head. I don’t smoke. I am a practicing Muslim and I try my hardest to be as good as I can. Please help me find a fatwa for this predicament. My condition is getting worse by the day.


A: Haamidaw wa Musalliyaa

With regards to utilizing something that is Haram for medicinal purposes, the general principle is that if a pious experienced Muslim physician advises that there is no other alternative substance which will have the same effect to cure a certain sickness and prescribes a certain substance which is prohibited in Sharia on the basis of necessity then utilizing such a prohibited substance in accordance to the necessity will be acceptable.

As a suggestion you may also endeavor to try some form of alternate medicine such as homeopathic medicine or the medicine of the Hakims that generally practice in the sub-continent.

May Allah ease your difficulty and grant you complete shifa from all ailments. Ameen.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Shafiq Jakhura (Mufti)
Fatwa Dept.

This answer was collected from It’s the official website of Darul Ihsan, which is an Islamic organisation (PBO) based in Durban, South Africa.

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