Should a Muslim Use Complementary Therapies: Halal Or Haram?

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Should a Muslim Use Complementary Therapies: Halal Or Haram?

Abstract

With the increasing reliance on complementary therapies as a means to seek a cure from ailments that Muslims are struggling with today, it is important to understand if such approaches are halal or haram by considering the various options from an Islamic perspective. There are several therapies that are practiced in ways that are very much in line with Islam and are compatible with Islamic practises, such as herbal remedies, acupuncture and cupping. There are other treatments that are more controversial such as homeopathy, hypnotherapy, yoga and reflexology as they include elements of haram through reliance on substances, such as alcohol, or they have a basis in beliefs that are incompatible with Islam. Whilst some have argued that these elements can be removed to make the therapeutic approach halal, caution is urged on relying on a practise that has its original basis in something that is incompatible with Islam. This especially holds true when there are plenty of alternatives that are halal and compatible with Islam that derive the same benefits as those that are questionable.

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