Using ayurvedic products whose base is cow urine
Fatwa No: 351781


Assalaamu alaykum. I am 25 year old and have been suffering from hair fall for the last few years. I searched online to get information regarding chemical-free shampoos. I finally decided to use a biotic shampoo which is an ayurvedic product. I decided to use it because it is mild and alcohol and chemical free, but one of my friend told me not to use ayurvedic products because they use cow urine as a base in all their products. So my questions is: is the use of ayurvedic products halal or haram in Islam?


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

We do not know the nature of these products or their ingredients; however, we say that the presence of cow urine as the key ingredient in these products does not forbid using them if the other ingredients are lawful and pure, because cow urine is pure according to the preponderant view of the scholars. The Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, commanded the Bedouins (from the tribe of ‘Uranah) who came to Madeenah and got sick to drink from the urine and milk of the camels. The hadeeth is reported by Al-Bukhaari, Muslim, and others; i.e. it is authentic. Had this urine (of halaal/edible animals) been impure, the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would not have ordered them to drink it.

Allah knows best.

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