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Is Using alcohol as a medicine allowed?

Is using alcohol as a medicine allowed? Can we take the medicines that use small amount of alchole. Youe suggestion is needed and by the way www.ummahhelpline.com is a great site.

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The majority of scholars hold that the use of wine and other prohibited things as medicine is unlawful. They base their arguments on the following hadith:

Wa'il al-Hadrami reported that Tariq b. Suwaid a-Ju'fi asked Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) about liquor. He forbade (its use) and he expressed hatred that it should be prepared. He (Tariq) said: I prepare it as a medicine, whereupon he (the Holy Prophet) said: It is no medicine, but an ailment (disease). SAHIH MUSLIM[BOOK:23, HADITH:4892]

Jabir reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: There is a remedy for every malady, and when the remedy is applied to the disease it is cured with the permission of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious. SAHIH MUSLIM[BOOK:26, HADITH:5466]

So For every disease Allah has created a cure. So seek medical treatment, but never with something, the use of which Allah has prohibited.

However in a special case: if a medicine (necessary for you) has unnoticeable drops of alcohol that cannot induce intoxication, is not prohibited, provided they are a part of a compound medicine. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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