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Is Imbibing Al-khamr (Intoxicating Drink) for Medical Purposes Permissible by Islamic Law?

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In this article attempts are made to study one of the important topics that has been widely discussed in Islamic legal literature, namely al-tadawi bi al-muharramat (treatment with forbidden things), with special reference to al-khamr (intoxicating drink). In this regard, there are two different opinions of Muslim jurists regarding the use of intoxicating drink (al-khamr) for medical purposes. The majority of Muslim jurists are of the opinion that treatingdisease with forbidden things is unlawful. As such, they did not allow the use of intoxicating drink for any reason, including its use as a remedy, or to quench thirst, even if there are no other permissible fluids to drink. On the other hand, a few Muslim jurists did allow the use of an intoxicating drink as a remedy, or to quench thirst if no other permissible fluid is available.


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