Using glycerin in medication and soaps

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1. I don’t know if this is going to the extremes, but is it permissible to take an ear medication (through the ear) that contains glycerin which may or may not come from animal fat?

2. If that’s the case, would that make soaps also impermissible?



1. Look for an alternative substitute.

2. Ulama have allowed soaps that may contain these types of substances.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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