Ruling on treatment with tiger fat

Question:

What is the ruling on so-called (tiger fat) that is currently widespread in the market? Is it permissible to use it for treatment?

Answer:

It is not permissible to eat the fats of animals that Allah (Exalted be He) makes Haram (prohibited). Tigers are one sort of animal that has fangs with which they attack other animals. The impermissibility mentioned above applies to using the fat of these animals for medical treatment as well. Moreover, it is narrated that: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade eating beasts of prey having fangs.” 1

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.


  1. Sahih Muslim [Book on the game, slaughtered animals, and animals that may be eaten] no. 1932; Al-Tirmidhi [Book on foods] no. 1477; Al-Nasa’i [Book on the game and slaughtered animals] no. 4342; Abu Dawud [Book on foods] no. 3802; Ibn Majah [Book on the game] no. 3232; Musnad Ahmad p. 4/194; Al-Muwatta Malik [Book on the game] no. 1075; Al-Darimi [Book on sacrifices] no. 1981. 

  • Date: Muharram 15, 1442 AH
  • Source: Fatawa Al-Lajnah Ad-Da'imah no. 18419-2
  • Muftis: Shaykh Abdul-Aziz Aal al-Shaykh , Shaykh Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz , Shaykh Salih Fawzan , Shaykh Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan , Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd