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There seems to be some confusion regarding the permissibility of the flu vaccine which contains porcine gelatin.
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Regarding the question mentioned, it should be clear that porcine gelatin only undergoes an insignificant chemical change during its manufacture, which accordingly does not render it a new substance and is therefore impermissible to consume.
have been a number of papers written and presented in this regard over
the years which detail the impermissibility of porcine gelatin from both
the Shariah and scientific perspectives. The one attached is in Arabic
and was previously presented at the European Fiqh Council in 2013 held
in Sarajevo: Arabic ruling on porcine gelatin
Indeed the view of Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani is not as mentioned in the question, rather, the Shaykh regards porcine gelatin to be impermissible as per the signed and stamped fatwa attached here: Urdu Fatwa on Porcine Gelatin and confirmed again recently in his Arabic book published in 2015 on Fiqh al-Buyu' volume 1 page 306.
However, in case of a genuine medical need, such gelatin may be consumed in a prescribed medicinal product in the absence of a suitable alternative.
And Allah knows best
Answered by FCB Fatwa Department