Is It Permissible to Use Steroids?

Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick


Is it permissible to use steroids?


 In the name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Especially Merciful. May Allah guide us to live our lives purely in His obedience and facilitate ease in our affairs, Amin.

The use of legal steroids will be permissible if used on the advice of a qualified and experienced medical practitioner and per the need for such medication. Self-medicating with potentially harmful illegal substances is not acceptable, and Allah knows best.

Allah says, “And spend in the Cause of Allah and do not throw yourselves into destruction, and do good. Truly, Allah loves the good-doers.” [Quran 2:195]

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) prohibited us from causing harm to our bodies. It was related, on the authority of Abu Sa’d Ibn Malik Ibn Sinan Al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.” [Ibn Maja; Daraqutni]

I pray that this is of benefit

[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan. 

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and has completed his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.