Q: My question is about a hadith in Saheeh Bukhari volume 8, book 82, hadith no 794. It is mentioned about camel urine. Is this hadith authentic? Should we use camel urine for medicine.
A: Bukhaari Shareef is considered as the most authentic Hadith compilation. The discussions in Bukhaari Shareef are at an extremely high academic level. For one to be able to comprehend the explanations of the Ahaadith, deduce laws and reach the correct conclusions, he will have to equip himself with the various sciences of Deen. It is not at all correct for one who is unqualified to refer directly to the Qur’an, Bukhaari Shareef or any other Hadith compilation. This self-study approach generally leads to much confusion and complications being created in one’s Deen. Therefore, if you wish to understand the Hadith in correct perspective, we advise you to take admission in a Madrasah and study the full Aalim course. After learning Arabic and the various sciences that are required to understand the Qur’an and Hadith, your may refer to the higher academic level discussions that are found in the Qur’an and Hadith.
As far as the maslah of consuming the urine of camels as a medication is concerned, the fuqaha explain that if there is no other halaal alternative available and a person is advised by the physicians that the cure for one’s ailment is in consuming the urine of camels, then it will be permissible for one to consume the urine of camels as a medication.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)