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Advice concerning the issue of women and doctors

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What is your opinion on the issue of woman and doctors and the advice for Muslim sisters and parents concerning this matter?

Praise be to Allaah.  

Undoubtedly the issue of women and doctors is an important matter, and in fact it causes a great deal of trouble. But if Allaah blesses a woman with taqwa (piety) and insight, then she will take precautions and pay attention to this matter. She should not be alone with the doctor and the doctor should not be alone with her. The authorities [in Saudi Arabia] have issued orders and directives stating that this is not allowed. Women must also pay attention to this matter and should try to seek competent female doctors. If they find a female doctor, then praise be to Allaah and there is no need for a male doctor. But if a woman needs to see a male doctor because there are no female doctors, then in the case of necessity there is nothing wrong with her being examined and treated by him. This is one of the things that are permitted in case of necessity, but if she has to uncover part of her body then she should not do that if she is alone with the doctor, rather it should be in the presence of her mahram or husband, if it involves uncovering something ordinary like the head, hand or foot, etc. If her ‘awrah must be uncovered then she should have her husband with her, if she is married, or another woman, which is better and is more on the safe side; or there should be one or two nurses present. But if another woman, apart from the nurse, can be with her, this is better and is more on the safe side and more removed from suspicion. But as for being alone with the doctor, this is not permitted. 

Shaykh Ibn Baaz in al-Fataawa al-Jaami’ah li’l-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, part 3, p. 1002
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