Ruling on Usage of ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) for Eye Treatment
The 99th Discourse of the Fatwa Committee of the National Fatwa Council for Islamic Religious Affairs Malaysia convened on 4-6 May 2012 had discussed the ruling on the usage of ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) for eye treatment. The Discourse decided that:
After examining the evidences, contentions and views presented, the Discourse is of the opinion that Islam strictly emphasizes the preservation of body health as one of the objectives of the syariah مقاصد شريعة Nevertheless, the usage of any medication from non-halal sources to treat any disease is forbidden and this is a general application of the hadith of Rasulullah S.A.W:
عن اَبِي الدَّرْدَاء رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَال: قال رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم: "إِنَّ اللهَ أَنْزَلَ الدَّاءَ وَالدَّوَاءَ وَجَعَلَ لِكُلِّ دَاءٍ دَوَاء، فَتَدَاوَوْا وَلاَ تَدَاوَوْا بِحَرَامٍ" (رواه أبو داود)
Meaning: Reported from Abi Darda’ RA, Rasulullah s.a.w. said: “Indeed Allah has sent down diseases and its cure, and He has allotted each disease with its cure, so seek treatment and do not medicate with such forbidden things”.
However, in situations of necessity (dharurah) or unavoidable circumstances, there are exceptions to this rule, particularly in removing pain from the body.
In relation to ICL treatment, as it is not used in a dharurah situation and the Islamic society has plenty of other alternatives available that conform to the Syarak, the Discourse collectively agrees to rule that the usage of ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) made from pig collagen for eye treatment is not permissible.