Are Pills Which Have Gelatin Allowed?

Sep 4, 2010 | Halal and Haram


Is taking pills which have gelatin allowed if they are not directly medically prescribed, such as Centrum – a multivitamin which is gelatin coated to make swallowing it easier?

Answered by: Mufti Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf

Assalamu alaykum

In the name of the Inspirer of truth.

Since many ‘ulama have ruled gelatin to be unlawful, it would be impermissible even in the case of these pills. If you inquire from the pharmacists, you will find many multivitamins which do not have such a coating.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf