Fatwa: # 17034
Category: Financial Transactions
Country: South Africa
Date: 18th August 2008

Title

I am a married muslim female. I am a health professional and have just opened up a private practice. What are the islamic laws concerning working on male patients.

Question

I am a married muslim female. I am a health professional and have just opened up a private practice. What are the islamic laws concerning working on male patients. My work involves touch therapy, only the affected area is exposed during therapy. I will only deal with female patients if it is wrong to work on males. Please advise soon. Thank You Salaam

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

In principle, a doctor may treat a patient of the opposite gender and confine the focus only on the affected area. However, in these times of fitna and immoralities, it is discouraged for a doctor to attend to a patient of the opposite gender especially if the patient can be treated by a doctor of the same gender. That will safeguard you from the fitna and evil intentions of men especially in view of the touch therapy service you provide.

Wassalam

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa

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