Medicine and medical treatments
Ruling on cryolipolysisIs it permissible to get cryo-lipolysis done to get rid of excess fat? My reasons are purely for health and self-esteem, I observe hijab and niqab in accordance with Shari\'ah, so this will not be to appease anyone else.
Is it permissible to use morphine to relieve the patient’s pain?A person is terminal ill and use morphine painkiller because her lungs are full of cancer. There is a high risk that she can choke or suffocate. Can she use this medicine till her death comes ? Not using this medicine means high risk she will die choking. And if she use morphine is it considered suicide?
What is the ruling on inhaling the smoke of some herbs for medicinal purposes?What is the ruling on smoking permissible substances, such as natural herbs, herbs that do not cause intoxication, such as lavender and the like, for medical reasons and benefits?
Ruling on using vaginal dilators to treat vaginismus and allow intercourseI am a young man and have been married for nearly a year, but I have not consummated the marriage with my wife yet, because she is suffering from vaginismus (involuntary vaginal muscle spasms). Based on what the gynaecologist told us, we tried numbing (anaesthetic) creams for the vagina and other remedies, but without success. Hence the gynaecologist advised my wife to use vaginal dilators in order to widen the opening of the vagina, because there is no other solution. When we asked some people who had tried that, they told us that it works, but I cannot accept that until I find out the Islamic ruling concerning it. Please advise me, is it permissible to use these things?
Ruling on using creams to make the colour of the skin all the same in the case of vitiligoI have been suffering from vitiligo for approximately seven years, and it looks unsightly in the extremities, face, head and genitals. Recently I decided to make the colour all the same (i.e., to make the entire body without colour, so that the colour of my body will be the same, which is the colour of the vitiligo). Please note that I have tried almost all the medicines for vitiligo and I have not found any benefit in them. What is the ruling on making the colour all the same? Please note that removing the colour of the skin will be permanent and not temporary.
If she had her fallopian tubes tied, is it permissible for her to ask Allah to bless her with a son?I am a Muslim woman. I was a Hindu for 11 years, and I practice Islam to the best of my ability. I had an operation to tie my fallopian tubes after giving birth by caesarean to three daughters, but I wish that I could have a son in a natural way. Can I pray to Allah, may He be exalted, for that? I need any prayer or du‘aa’ to help me. I ask Allah, may He be exalted, for a son only if it is appropriate, otherwise I hope that He will give me patience. I have heard that some people get pregnant even after having their tubes tied. I hope that if Allah, may He be exalted, wills, He may give me a son under any circumstances, despite the fact that the doctors do not encourage that. I asked Allah, may He be exalted, to give me a son in tahajjud prayer, and throughout Ramadan. Is it permissible for me to pray for this, even though I have had my fallopian tubes tied?
Should a Muslim Consult a Psychologist or Psychiatrist?I will tell you my problem in brief. I suffer from problems because of a domineering father, who throughout our lives was very strict with us. I also suffer from intrusive thoughts, social phobia, high sensitivity and many psychological problems. I decided to go to a psychologist, and this psychologist has studied psychology, but I was shocked by a fatwa that I read on your website (no. 99983 ) in which you do not regard it permissible to study psychology. So what should I do? Should I stop going to the psychologist, because he studied psychology? How can I treat myself then?
What is the ruling on internship doctors attending medical conferences affiliated with pharmaceutical companies?What is the Islamic ruling on internship doctors attending medical conferences affiliated with pharmaceutical companies, or in which pharmaceutical companies participate, for the internship doctors who are at the stage of training before they graduate? In principle they are only learning about the medicines, and they are not prescribing them to patients, but only for those of their relatives who need them. And what is the ruling on lunches? Are they haram or halal, given that many pharmaceutical companies – with few exceptions – deal with bribery?
What is the ruling on receiving the Covid-19 vaccine if it uses cells taken from aborted foetuses?One – or both – of the two Covid-19 vaccines uses cell lines from aborted foetuses. Is it permissible to receive this vaccine?
Is the composition of water changed when Qur’an is recited over it?There is someone who claims that water has a memory, and that its physical composition changes when Qur’an and adhkar are recited over it. I am an educated person and a university graduate, and I do not believe that this is true. I hope that you can explain the effect that the Qur’an has on the composition of water.
The virtue of medicine; is a doctor who is on call included in the hadith “an eye that stays awake, guarding for the sake of Allah”?The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “There are two eyes that the Fire will not touch: an eye that weeps out of fear of Allah, and an eye that stays awake, guarding in the cause of Allah.” Is the work of a doctor in the hospital, and his being on call and staying overnight in the hospital included in this hadith? Is he regarded as being like those who guard the borders, so long as he is on call? I hope that you can explain the virtue of working as a doctor, and tell me what has been narrated concerning it and its virtue from a religious point of view, because I have begun to feel that my work is destroying me and I am no longer interested in it. I hope that you can tell me something that will make me carry on with my work and renew my interest in it, and that you will offer supplication (du‘aa’) for me.
Loving to be sick, and the ruling on seeking healing from itI love to be sick; when I am sick, is it obligatory for me to ask Allah to heal me? I love to be sick because 1. The first step towards entering Paradise is death, and 2. Allah expiates my sins when I am sick.
What is prescribed for the Muslim with regard to the coronavirus pandemic?What is it prescribed for the Muslim to do in these days when the coronavirus – COVID-19 – is spreading, and how can Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, relieve us of this calamity? May Allah reward you with good.
Does the Quran Cure all Illnesses?I have read in a fatwa that the Quran contains healing for both physical and mental illness. What is the evidence for that? And how can the Quran be used to heal baldness? May Allah reward you with good.
Is a doctor forbidden to mix with leprosy patients because of the hadith “Flee from the leper as you would flee from a lion”?I am a (female) dermatologist. My work requires me to examine leprosy patients and follow up with them regularly. My question is about the hadith of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), “Flee from the leper as you would flee from a lion.” What should I do? Please note that I am responsible for examining them, diagnosing cases, and following up with them and keeping a close eye of their cases.
Ruling on aborting a foetus with Down syndromeIf it becomes known in the third month of pregnancy that the foetus has Down syndrome, is it permissible to abort it?
Ruling on using gene therapy to prevent or treat genetic disordersJust want to know if the germ-line gene therapy, which is the introduction of new DNA into gamete cells (sperm or egg) or embryo to prevent or treat genetic disorders permissible or not. Also while this is mostly at research level and a lot of research suggests that it can cause harm as well but it can also work towards treating disease. Considering both these scenarios of harm and cure is it permissible to research into it?
The dentist drilled too far in a root canal and damaged the nerveTwo months ago my mother went to the dentist to have four teeth filled, and the dentist filled the four teeth within half an hour. When my mother went home and the effect of the anaesthetic wore off, problems began to appear in her teeth, one after another. She kept going back to this dentist for three days or more, and there was no solution. Every time this dentist examined a tooth, or tried to correct mistakes, she charged the same amount that she had charged the first time for each tooth that she treated, so now my mother owes her 10,000 dinars. When my mother went to another dentist, he drilled through the fillings and found one or two holes in each tooth. Does my mother have to pay her debt to the first dentist or not?
Should she stop psychiatric treatment and only use ruqyah shar‘iyyah even if the condition worsens?My sister is suffering from schizophrenia that does not respond to treatment; she lost her mind more than twenty years ago. She takes medicine which, if she stops taking it, her condition gets worse. My family thought that perhaps what happened to her was because of the evil eye or witchcraft, so they took her to a number of shaykhs and reciters, and they said that there is no treatment for her condition, and what happened to her was because of the evil eye. Praise be to Allah in all circumstances. Now my brother brought one of the reciters who charge a fee for reciting (over the sick person) to the house, to recite over her, and this reciter told him that my sister must stop the psychiatric treatment, and that she will be healed by recitation and will go back to the way she was. My sister’s condition has got worse since she stopped taking her medicine, but my brother is convinced by what this reciter said. I hope that you can give an Islamic response to this matter.
Ruling on using a contraceptive implantOne of the modern means of contraception that are used nowadays is implantation of an electronic device in the lower forearm. This device is a thin flexible tube the width of a matchstick. The way in which it prevents pregnancy is by secreting a hormone that has several functions, the most significant of which is that it increases the thickness of mucus around the cervix of the womb, thereby preventing sperm from reaching and fertilising the egg. What is the ruling on using it, noting that it is a very effective method of contraception, by Allah’s leave, and its effect on the woman’s health is minimal in most cases, according to the opinion of most doctors? I hope that you will answer. Thank you and may Allah reward you.