Research and testing using animals

Reference: al-Fataawa al-Muhimmah – Page 695
al-Mowsoo’ah – 4176

Question: Is it permissible to perform research [and testing] upon animals for medical and medicinal advancement?

Response: I don’t see any harm in this [based] upon the generality of His (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) saying:

{He it is Who created for you all that is on earth}, soorah al-Baqarah, aayah 29

However, it is obligatory to undertake the simplest route in testing and the furthest away from causing suffering to the animals.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.