Is It Permissible to Use Human or Pig Waste as Fertilizer?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi


Does using human or pig manure to fertilize crops make the resulting vegetables or crops haram to eat because pig or human excrement is haram?


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

Yes, it is permissible to eat from crops that have been produced through the use of manure, regardless of its origin, even if it is from a pig. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Mixed Human Excrements

If human excrement has been mixed with other materials, such as earth or ashes, while being overcome by it, it becomes lawful to sell it and use it as manure, for example. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Unmixed Human Excrements

As for unmixed human excrement, it is invalid to buy and use. Instead, it is obligatory to dispose of them by burying them. [Ibid]

And Allah knows best.
[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Sufyan Qufi is an advanced seeker of knowledge, originally from Algeria, who grew up in France. He began searching far and wide for answers to the fundamental questions of life and was disappointed at the answers he found. Then he connected with various traditional teachers and gradually connected with SeekersGuidance. He embarked on his journey of learning through the various teachers at SeekersGuidance, including his mentor Shaykh Faraz Rabbani. He studied numerous texts in Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith, and other areas with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and other teachers, including Shaykh Abdurrahman al-Sha‘ar, Shaykh Ali Hani, and others. He is an active instructor at SeekersGuidance and answers questions through the SeekersGuidance Answers Service.