Is Medical Marijuana Allowed in Islam?

Marijuana is unlawful in Islam due to its mind-altering effects, the foremost of which is its distracting one from the remembrance of Allah and the prayer. Like alcohol, it weakens oneโ€™s senses and oneโ€™s ability to think, and it is also addicitve. [Nahlawi, Hadhr wal-Ibaha]

As for medical use of marijuana, this would return to the criteria of using an unlawful substance for medical treatment (tadawi bil-haram), which is permissible under the following conditions:

(a) A qualified physician that is a pious Muslim informs the patient that the medicine can effectively treat the illness, based on high likelihood or near certainty. If no such Muslim is in oneโ€™s locality, then a qualified physician that appreciates the importance of the Sacred Law for Muslims is sufficient.

(b) No alternative medicine that is lawful is available or sufficiently effective;

(c) It is used only in accordance with the need, and no more.

[Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

It is worth mentioning that one may want to consider some form of alternative medicine, such as homeopathic medicine, Chinese medicine, or the like.

And Allah knows best.

By: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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