AssalamuAlaikum Mufti Sahib. Hope you are in the best of health InshaAllah.
My question is regarding the permissibility of my job. I work as a community pharmacist in the UK and I recently read a fatwa stating that anything that is haram for me to use is also haram for me to sell or supply, even to non-muslims. I also read another fatwa that it is not permissible to use haram medicines when halal alternatives are available.
Now a lot of times I have to supply a haram medicine, even though a halal alternative is available, because that is what the doctor has prescribed which I have to give or a patient might be wanting to buy their favourite brand of medicine. And as this is a non-muslim country, neither the doctor prescribing the medicine or a customer requesting to buy a medicine will be too concerned whether the ingredients are haram or not and will be concerned with other factors such as price of medicines and it is difficult for me to refuse to supply those haram medicines (and especially as I’m an employee of a large pharmacy chain and can only supply the brand of medicines that the company keeps in stock).
So basically I wanted to know, is it haram for me to supply / sell a medicine that I know contains a haram ingredient when other halal alternatives are available.
Thankyou in advance for taking the time to address my query. JazakAllah
When you will own your own pharmacy then you should try to sell only Halal medicine.
The case of medicine is different from the case of other foods and edibles. Most scholars agree to give permission to use even a purely Haram medicine. Thus the medicine that contains Haram ingredient may also be allowed according to scholars in different scenarios.
Thus, it would be permissible for you sell medicines for those who have been prescribed by their physicians.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Fatwa Center of America