Gelatin, considered to be that amazing ingredient that is being used in the food industry for making several deserts and energy drinks. It is therefore researched that gelatin in medicines is also added as an ingredient because of the many medicinal properties the miracle ingredient includes.
As concern about the origin of gelatin, it is extracted from the bone mass of animals like camel, sheep, and pigs as raw material. The process of extraction requires the bone to be boiled in water and thus it becomes the soft material that is used by different food industries for making many different foods for children like sweets, candies, marsh mellows, pastries, and juice. Along with all the other uses that gelatin has, gelatin in medicine as a key ingredient is the most important use. It is included as an excipient in the formulation of capsules of the vitamin.
The gelatin in medicine and vitamin capsule is added as a processing agent. As we know that gelatin is getting from the collagen that is found in tissues and bones of different cattle animals as well as from pig. The reason people consider it to be haram in Islam because of its origin from pigs bone as the pig is a haram animal in Islam. Another source of getting cellulose is from plants.
Mawsoo’ah al-Arabiyyah al-Aalamiyyah explained it from Quran as versus that is stated below:
“Gelatin is a protein substance that is extracted from the skin and bones of animals.”
Out of all the uses of Gelatin, it has many medicinal uses which somehow make this fact correct that there is somehow no worries in eating gelatin as food or adding gelatin in medicine
For its great health benefits. In Islam, it is allowed to eat some animal if they are slaughtered in a manner that is given in the Quran by Allah.
For all the reasons that are mentioned above are the health benefits of gelatin in medicine, which somehow explain the reason why gelatin is added as an ingredient in vitamin capsules or tablet. The gelatin that is extracted from the skin and tissues of cattle animals are somehow allowed as there is nothing wrong in consuming it and it is not haram in Islam.
Mawsoo‘ah al-Fiqh al-Islami stated it all in Fiqh council and explained it in a statement as:
“It is permissible to use gelatin that is extracted from permissible substances and permissible animals that have been slaughtered in the prescribed manner, and it is not permissible to extract it from haram sources such as the skin and bones of pigs and other haram animals and haram substances.”