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['Aalim Network QR] Male Gynecologists


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Salaamun alaykum,

	The reply to the following questions was kindly provided by Shaykh
Rasheed. 

Wasalaam,

Mustafa Rawji
Acting Moderator, 'Aalim Network

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QUESTION #1:

I would appreciate if  you could answer this mas'ala for me as per 
Ayatullah Khamenei ruling from Alim Network.

Q. Can Muslim women go to male gynecologists ?

Over here in States most of the gynecologists are male and sometimes it
becomes very difficult to find a good doctor close to home.  In States I
have seen many Muslim ladies going to male doctors who deliver their
babies.

ANSWER:

Although I don't have the specific Fatwa of Agha Khamanie, the general rule 
is that a person is required to see a doctor of the same sex when touching 
and examination of the private parts are involved. Exceptions can be made 
when there is an emergency or a lack of availability of a doctor of the 
same sex. Also, when there is a question of competence, a person can opt 
for a more qualified doctor of the opposite sex if the issue of competence 
is vital to one's health.

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QUESTION #2:

Q. Can Muslim women go to male gynecologists in life threatening 
situations?

ANSWER:

Yes.


Was-Salaam,

Ali Rasheed




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