A woman visiting a male doctor

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Is it permissible for a Muslim female to visit a male doctor, in case of no improvement in the disease/condition in seeing the female doctors available? Would it be permissible to remove the hijab in such a case so that the doctor can examine the case? The disease may not be life-threatening but perhaps a skin condition which needs medical care.

Zaynab El-Kateb:

The Scholars say that this issue is according to the following order, meaning if the first option is not available then she goes to the next option:

  1. A Muslim female doctor
  2. A non Muslim female doctor (but she is trusted)
  3. A Muslim male doctor
  4. A non Muslim male doctor if there is a necessity and no other option is available.

Yes, if there is no female doctor then it is permissible for her to go to a male doctor and to remove the hijab for examination, even if it is not life threatening.

There is a rule:

الضرورات تبيح المحظورات

Pressing necessities make permissible that which is (normally) prohibited.

The Scholars derived this rule from numerous proofs from the Quran and the Sunnah.



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