Claiming chronic medicines etc. from the medical aids but supplying patients with other medicines

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Q: I need your advice urgently please as there is a matter that’s been bothering me. I am a pharmacist and I have been working part-time at a Muslim owned pharmacy. The pharmacist (owner) and staff of the pharmacy is claiming chronic medicines and self-medication from the medical aids for the patients but supplying patients with other medicines that are not paid for by medical aids. I am worried that I am committing a sin by doing this for patients also and by continuing to work there. I am also very worried that my income earned is haraam. 


A: This practice is incorrect. It is deception and cheating. It must be avoided.

وعن ابن عمر وأبي هريرة رضي الله عنهم عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال من حمل علينا السلاح فليس منا رواه البخاري وزاد مسلم ومن غشنا فليس منا (مشكاة رقم 3520)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)