Are you allowed stimulants prescribed by the doctor

Fatwa ID: 01398

Answered by Molana Akbarul Hoque

Question:

Are you allowed stimulants prescribed by the doctor?

Answer:

Bismillah

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

The definition of a stimulant is as follows

Stimulants (also referred to as psychostimulants) are psychoactive drugs which induce temporary improvements in either mental or physical functions or both. Examples of these kinds of effects may include enhanced alertness, wakefulness, and locomotion, among others. Due to their effects typically having an "up" quality to them, stimulants are also occasionally referred to as "uppers". Depressants or "downers", which decrease mental and/or physical function, are in stark contrast to stimulants and are considered to be their functional opposites.

With regards to stimulants if they are used as medicine and it improves ones health then it will be permissible to use. However if it intoxicates a person or used for intoxication then this will be impermissible as mentioned in the Hadith

Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Every intoxicant is prohibited (Haram).” (Sahih al-Bukhari, No:5659, Abu Dawud No:3200)

Only Allah Knows Best

Written by Molana Akbarul Hoque

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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