Can pig hide be used to treat burns?


What do the scholars and experts of shari’ah say regarding the permissibility of using pig hide for people who have suffered burns?


All perfect praise is for Allah ﷻ, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah ﷻ, and that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is His Messenger.

It is an accepted fact in the shari’ah that the eating of pig’s meat and using any part of it for other reasons is forbidden. Allah ﷻ has clearly mentioned this in the Holy Qur’an:

“Prohibited to you are dead animals, blood, the meat of swine.” (Surah al-Ma’idah:3)

The word used in the Qur’an is ‘Lahm’ which includes the meat, fat, and skin of the pig. From this we can deduce that using the hide of a pig will principally not be allowed, even for medical treatment. The only time using the hide of a pig will be permissible is when no other alternative is available. In that situation care should be taken in the amount used.

This exception is based on the legal maxim: Necessities make the impermissible permissible. However, this will still be governed by the actual need not one’s personal choice.

And Allah ﷻ knows best.

This fatwa is written by Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Munir Al-Azhari

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