Metformin Tablets

Metformin Tablets

Question

My cousin is a diabetic and has been taking Metformin tablets until he found out that it is film coated. One of the ingredients of the film coating is Magnesium Stearate. The Stearate component is Fatty Acid. In a Daily Mail article, the Fatty Acid part was described as being of animal origin. SANHA has listed Magnesium Stearate as a substance of doubtful halal status. For this reason, he has stopped using this tablet and has not been able to find an alternative. Is it permissible for him to take this tablet? (This question is from Malawi)

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Alcoholic Perfumes and Shampoos

Question

Many perfumes and shampoos contain some form of alcohol. Is it permissible to use such perfumes and shampoos?

Answer

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

Generally, the alcohol used in perfumed and shampoos is not sourced from grapes or dates or ethanol and is not intoxicating. It is therefore permissible to use such perfumes and shampoos (Aḥsan al-Fatāwā, 8: 486; Takmilah Fatḥ al-Mulhim, 3: 608). It is worth noting that alcohol has thousands of types and forms as apparent from the study of Organic Chemistry. The Arabic term ‘Khamr’ usually translated as alcohol, is not an accurate translation, as ‘Khamr’ refers to specific types of alcohols. It is nevertheless preferable to use the traditional non-alcoholic perfumes in accordance with the Prophetic Sunnah.

Allah knows best

Yusuf Shabbir

17 Rabīʿ al-Awwal 1427 / 15 April 2006