Transferring patients to a private hospital for examinations in return for a part of the fee

A private hospital has said to the doctors in the government hospitals: if you transfer some patients to us for some examinations which no one else performs except us, you will have a share of the fee. Is this bribery?

Praise be to Allaah.

We put this question to Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah preserve him, who answered that this is bribery and is a path to corruption. It could lead to these doctors deceiving the patients and lying to them, and transferring them from the government hospital, which is free, to the private hospital on the grounds that certain treatment or equipment is not available in the government hospital when in fact they are available there. And Allaah knows best. Continue reading

Owner of a medical laboratory giving doctors some money so that they will send their patients to him

Is it permissible for the owner of a medical laboratory to make an agreement with some doctors so that they will send their patients to him in return for a payment for these tests?
Please note that this will not be paid for by the patients and that the charges for these tests will be the same as the charges in other labs.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible for the owner of the lab to give the doctor who sends a patient to him for testing a share of the money, because that is regarded as a kind of bribe, which is haraam.

And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions. Continue reading

He trains on patients by withdrawing blood from them

A doctor must learn how to withdraw blood from his patient. In order to perfect this he must train a lot. Some patients sometimes are in full and chronic coma and their cases are hopeless. Will we be sinful if we train by withdrawing little quantity of blood from them that will not harm them but at the same time will benefit us? Is this considered necessity?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible to withdraw blood from patients for the purpose of learning and training, even if there is no hope of the patients recovering, because that is harming them and wronging them. But if the patient is compos mentis and gives permission for blood to be taken in the interests of others, there is nothing wrong with that, so long as he will not be harmed thereby.

And Allaah is the Source of strength, may Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his companions and family. End quote. Continue reading

Female nurses working with male patients

Is it permissible for us men to be nursed by a woman, especially when there are male nurses?

Praise be to Allaah.

All hospitals have to ensure that male nurses treat men and female nurses treat women. This is obligatory, just as it is obligatory for male doctors to treat men and female doctors to treat women, except in cases of extreme necessity. If the treatment for an illness is only known by a man it is OK for him to treat a woman, because this is a case of necessity. Similarly, if the treatment for a man’s illness is only known by a woman, it is OK for her to treat him. Otherwise, male doctors must treat men and female doctors must treat women. This is obligatory. The same applies to nurses, both female and male. Male nurses should treat men and female nurses should treat women, so as to avoid the means that may lead to fitnah (temptation) and to prevent khulwah (being alone with a non-mahram member of the opposite sex). Continue reading

Is it permissible to take photographs of patients and show them at medical conferences?

In some medical cases, especially rare instances, some doctors want to take photographs of the patient and his body, or part of his body – such as the chest, back or legs – to use in teaching others about this. Is there anything wrong with doctors taking these pictures and showing them in conferences?

Praise be to Allaah.

We put this question to Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah preserve him, who answered as follows:

If this is done with the knowledge of the patient and serves the interests of all, there is nothing wrong with it. But if it is done without the patent’s consent, then it is not allowed.

Q: What if the sickness is located in the area of the thighs?

A: Then the private parts should be covered. And Allaah knows best. Continue reading

Ruling on treating patients with music

What is the ruling on listening music without singing? How have some scientists excelled in music and used it for treating patients?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is haraam to play music or listen to it, whether it is with or without singing, but with singing it is worse and more corrupting to sound human nature and morals. What is said about some scholars having excelled in it, that is true, but they are of the type of al-Faraabi, who had no deep knowledge of Islamic religion and were not examples for the Muslims to follow and their actions do not carry any weight. They are not among the leaders of the Muslims in knowledge, ‘aqeedah or good deeds, such as the Rightly-Guided Caliphs (may Allaah be pleased with them) and the imams of the righteous salaf such as Sa’eed ibn Jubayr, al-Hasan al-Basri, al-Shaafa’i, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, al-Awzaa’i and others like them who had Islamic knowledge and acted upon it. They are examples for those who came after them (may Allaah have mercy on them).  Continue reading

Should a doctor inform the authorities about patients who have committed fornication?

Some patients come to me who have drunk alcohol or taken drugs, under the influence of which they have committed crimes such as zinaa (fornication or adultery) or sodomy. Should I inform the authorities about them or not?

Praise be to Allaah.

You have to give them sincere advice (naseehah), advise them and urge them to repent. Cover their sins and do not inform the authorities about them or expose them. Help them to obey Allaah and His Messenger, and tell them that Allaah accepts the repentance of the one who repents. And warn them against going back to this sin, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings):

“The believers, men and women, are Awliyaa’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another; they enjoin (on the people) Al Ma‘roof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islam has forbidden)” [al-Tawbah 9:71]

“By Al ‘Asr (the time).

Verily, man is in loss,

Except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth [i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al Ma‘roof) which Allaah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al Munkar) which Allaah has forbidden], and recommend one another to patience”[al-‘Asr 103:1-3]

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Religion is naseehah (sincere advice)…”

And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Whoever covers a Muslim’s (sins), Allaah will cover him (his sins) in this world and in the Hereafter.”

Both were narrated by Imaam Muslim in his Saheeh. And Allaah is the Source of strength. Continue reading