Intellectual Discourse: Fiqh in Medicine and Pharmacy

Posted: October 27, 2013 by I-Press in Uncategorized

_MG_2032On Sept 19th, the first intellectual discourse of this academic year was conducted by the ICare Bureau of IPhA at the Auditorium Kuliyyah of Pharmacy. The event, entitled Fiqh in Medicine and Pharmacy, was beautifully enlightened by the speakers, which are Prof. Dr. Zahri, Dr. Farhan Hadi and Ustazah Fatimah Syarha.

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As the Muslim, we are the khalifah who govern the world according to Allah’s will. Our efforts in this world are dedicated to attain His blessing while the ways used must be abide to the syariah law. As the Muslim pharmacists, we must practice in our field without compromising our value as Muslims. However, as the pharmaceutical field is dominated by the westerners, many contradictions are present in pharmacy practices with the syariah law. Non-halal vaccine, capsule having pig’s gelatin, the steric acid in the tablets originated from pig and much more issues are putting Muslim pharmacists in perplexes state.

This intellectual discourse had successfully attended each issue discussed. Few methods were presented which allow us to practice with ease. In the case of having other halal option such as the issue of non-halal gelatin capsule, the usage of non-halal products is not allowed. If none present like in the case of vaccine for babies, the non-halal products can be used with the intention of protecting the children. However, it does not mean that we can happily accept everything as it is. We have to play a role in making the halal pharmaceutical products available in all areas.

Thus, the jihad in producing the halal pharmaceutical products is actively carried out by Muslim pharmacists. We can proudly say that Malaysia is one of the leading countries in the halal pharmaceutical sector. The collaboration of Malaysia Science University (USM) with the Finlay Institute of Cuba make the halal meningitis vaccine is available nowadays. The effort of making steric acid from palm oil, new fatwa regarding the pharmaceutical products, awarding halal certificates to companies and producing halal pharmacopeia are among the ongoing projects in Malaysia.

Our Kuliyyah do have a strong reason in choosing the industrial pharmacy as our niche area. As the halal pharmaceutical area is still a toddler, this is our responsibility to strengthen it in order to supply the ummah with the halal products. As the students who are taught with both Islamic and industrial pharmaceutical knowledge, shouldn’t we be motivated to be a part of the jihad?

 

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