It was narrated that Abu’d-Darda’ said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

“Allah has sent down the disease and the remedy, and He has created a remedy for every disease, so seek treatment (of illness) but do not treat (illness) with anything that is haraam.”

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This hadith is a weak Hadith from Sunan Abi Dawud, as classified by Al-Albani, according to sunnah.com.

Edit: As pointed by @goldPseudo and @American Muslim (in the comments), some sources marked this hadith as authentic. So, I did a little bit of research, and found the following sahih hadith:

Narrated Tariq ibn Suwayd or Suwayd ibn Tariq: Wa'il said: Tariq ibn Suwayd or Suwayd ibn Tariq asked the Prophet (ﷺ) about wine, but he forbade it. He again asked him, but he forbade him. He said to him: Prophet of Allah, it is a medicine. The Prophet (ﷺ) said: No it is a disease.

Abu Dawud [29:19]

Since prophet Muhammad (pbuh) forbade alcohol even for medicinal purposes, it makes sense to say that all haram things are forbidden for medicinal purposes. As a result, the haith posted by OP is authentic since many sources marked it as authentic.

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    Huh. According to islamqa.info/en/170208, Al-Albani classified the same hadith as sahih. Your answer probably needs more work to establish which claim is actually more credible.
    – goldPseudo
    Jul 14, 2015 at 1:36
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    @goldPseudo It was first classified by the Albani as weak, then in his final works السلسلة الصحيحة #1633 he reverted it to Hadith sahih.
    – user12537
    Jul 14, 2015 at 2:04
  • @both of you, thanks for pointing that out. I always considered sunnah.com to be correct, so this came out as a big surprise to me. Anyways, I updated my answer with a different view.
    – Mi_Onim
    Jul 14, 2015 at 23:14
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    dear friend i have a question then. many of us use cough medicine etc... it contains a little bit of alcohol but that is purely for treatement purposes.. another hadith says that " Actions are judged by intentions" so if our intentions are clean nd we use the medicine containing alcohol purely for treatement purposes than whats wrong with that.?? Jul 15, 2015 at 22:45
  • I don't have a proof/evidence but I have read somewhere that: Use whatever you want as the medicine, but the haram will not benefit you but for your own satisfaction, you can go ahead and use it as medicine, you're allowed to do so.
    – user14305
    Mar 14, 2016 at 6:39

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