Fatwa: # 11196
Category: Financial Transactions
Country: South Africa
Date: 15th April 2004


Is it permissable for a muslim doctor to perform post-mortems to earn a living? will this be regarded as a halaal source of income? please clarify.



The human body is sacred and cutting it is contrary to its sanctity. In addition to the cutting and mutilation of the body, a post-mortem also results in the private parts of a human being, albeit a dead one, being exposed, which is a shameless act.

On account of legal requirements, Muslims are compelled to undergo post-mortems and in light of the fact that it is a legal requirement, there could be some leeway for a doctor to perform a post-mortem, especially if he will be able to aid in the quick release of the body and minimise mutilation to the corpse.

and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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