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Medicine with Grape Alcohol

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Q: Can I consume homeopathic medicine containing 27 percent grape Alcohol?

A:
Grape alcohol is not allowed.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Euthanasia in Islam

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Q: Is euthanasia/mercy killing allowed in Islam?

A:
The definition of euthanasia is: a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering.  There are two types of euthanasia: Passive and Active

Passive euthanasia is the withholding of common treatments (such as antibiotics, drugs, or surgery) or giving a medication (such as morphine) to relieve pain, knowing that it may also result in death.

Withholding artificial life support, such as breathing, feeding tubes, respirators, or other life-sustaining machinery is also referred to as passive euthanasia or non-aggressive euthanasia. This is often termed the ‘right to die.’

Another common form of passive euthanasia is to give the patient large doses of morphine to control pain, which usually suppress respiration and causes the patient to die much earlier. These procedures are performed on terminally ill, so that natural death will occur sooner.

In Islam all forms of euthanasia are Haraam and forbidden because this procedure is designed to bring the life of a human being to an end. In the case of active euthanasia, as well as the passive form where large doses of morphine are ministered to the patient, such actions are akin to murder. Whereas in other forms of this procedure the sin will not be equal to murder, there is however, sin incurred because of the intentional termination of a sacred life. It is still, therefore, a major sin. The prohibition will apply even if the patient requested such a procedure.

As for the removal of life-supporting apparatus, this will be permitted on condition that doctors believe these systems will serve no purpose other than to keep the heart or respiratory system functioning. If there is unanimity among the doctors on this matter, then the patient’s family may ask for these systems to be disconnected. This will not be sinful, for at the end death will come at its appointed time. Nothing can expedite death, nor prolong it.

Mufti Siraj Desai

Pet Euthanasia

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Q: Is mercy killing of animals, by using injections, in case of severe illness and chronic stage, allowed in Islam? In other words, pet euthanasia?

A:
Pet euthanasia is not allowed in Islam. Make the animal comfortable as possible and let it die a natural death. It will die on its decreed time. We will not be questioned by Allah Ta'aala for its natural death. But should we take its life, then we shall be held accountable, for that is killing unjustly, regardless of the motive.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Mufti Siraj Desai

Bleeding after Miscarriage

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Q: I was 5 weeks pregnant and had a miscarriage. I did a DNC suction and have bled for a week now. The flow has decreased. Will this be regarded as my periods or can I make a fresh wudhu and start reading salaah and Quraan?

A:
Bleeding after a miscarriage wherein no part of the foetus has formed will be regarded as Haidh if it lasts for three days or more. You have to know the amount of days your Haidh normally lasts for. For example it was six days for every period. Now if this bleeding (after miscarriage) stops before 10 days, whether 6,7,8.9 days, you will consider that as Haidh. But if you bleed for over ten days in this bleeding, then you will consider 6 days (per previous habit) as Haidh and from the seventh day as Istihaadhah. So Qadhaa will be made of Salaah from the seventh day onwards.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Cataract Operation and Wudhu

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Q: My mother is getting her cataract operation done soon after which she has been advised to keep eyes away from water, dust etc for a few days. How can she make wudhu while not wetting the eye, or can she wipe it over the eyelid. also is tayammum a better option?

A:
She will wipe over the eyelids. If this is harmful then she can leave the eyes portion out and make the rest of the Wudhu. So she will wash the rest of the face. If she cannot wash the face, then wiping over the face will suffice and she will wash the rest of the parts of Wudhu.

May Allah Ta'aala grant her complete Shifaa, Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Botox Injections

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Q: Is it permissible to administer Botox injections on the face and lip fillers as is the current trend amongst cosmetic dentists?

A:
Botox contains human albumin that is derived from human blood. This is according to the manufacturers of Botox. Details can be found on their website. This ingredient will make the use of Botox Haraam.

Secondly, the use of Botox is not for a major sickness, but just for the temporary removal of frown lines, etc. This does not warrant the use of a medication with a Haraam ingredient.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Removing a Mole

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Q: Is it permissible to surgically remove a defect that you were not born with such as a mole because of the insecurity and self consciousness it makes one feel? The intention is not to beautify oneself or aesthetic beauty but because it sometimes puts one through difficulty (insecurity).

A:
It will be permissible.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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