In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
The Praiseworthy Goals to Be Sought After In Medical Practice
Medical practice is one of the noblest occupations because its subject matter deals with life of the human being. Its aim and purpose is to preserve health, strengthen physical well-being and distance a person from illness. The need for medicine is great and a person is in need of it in all circumstances, because one is in need of good health in order to work and fulfil obligations in this life, and that is the purpose behind the creation of the human being, as Allaah [The Most High] said: [وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ – And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone)]. [Surah Adh-Dhaariyaat. Aayah 56]
So the aim behind medicine is to preserve health, strengthen the body’s physical well-being and distance it from illness. Among the virtues of medicine is that it preserves life and this is one of the five necessities which Islaam preserves, namely religion, life, intellect (or the mind), lineage and wealth. It helps a Muslim and the society to repel harm, as it is well known that the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said: [ لا ضرر ولا ضرار – There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm]. (1)
It fulfils the obligation of co-operating upon righteousness and piety. Allaah said: [وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ – Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety)]. [Surah Al-Maa’idah. Aayah 2]
It fulfils the command of the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] found in the hadeeth of Usaamah bin Shareek [may Allaah be pleased with him] that a Bedouin said, “O Messenger of Allaah! Should we seek medical treatment?” He said, “Seek medical treatment, because Allaah has not created any disease, but has also created a remedy for it, except for one disease: old age”. (2)
One should hope for Allaah’s reward and good recompense, sincere to Allaah in such a profession and not to practice medicine only for their status to be acknowledged; rather one should be sincere and hope for Allaah’s reward. Alqamah Ibn Waqqaas Al-Laythiy said, “I heard Umar Ibn Al-khattaab [may Allaah be pleased with him] saying whilst on the minbar, ‘I heard the Messenger of Allaah [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] saying, ‘Actions are (judged) by intentions and every person will have what he intended. So he whose migration was for Allah and His Messenger, his migration is for Allah and His Messenger. And he whose migration was for some worldly (gain) or for a woman to marry, then his migration is for that which he migrated’”. (3)
The doctor must fear Allaah with regards to those affairs about which one is consulted, especially that which is related to the rights of the people, such as when a sick person approaches him for a sick note or when in need of a medical note to prove that he is fit for employment or when consulted regarding a particular type of medication, or whether the state of health of an individual (woman) allows her to utilise contraception in order not to get pregnant, or whether her state of health warrants the removal of her ovaries. It has been reported in a hadeeth by Abu Hurairah [may Allaah be pleased with him] who said that the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said: [الْمُسْتَشَارُ مُؤْتَمَنٌ – The consultee is in a position of trust]. (4)
Few Reminders From The Above Hadeeth
[الْمُسْتَشَارُ مُؤْتَمَنٌ – The consultee is in a position of trust]
[المستشار -The Consultee]: He is the one whose opinion is sought regarding an affair of Maslahah (i.e. an affair that will bring about benefit and repel harm). He is in a position of trust with regards to what he is asked and it is not permissible for him to deceive the one who consults him, by concealing the affair that would bring about benefit. (5)
This hadeeth is an evidence to show that the consultee has to (advise) with the course of action and opinion -in relation to the consultation – he would choose for himself and it is not permissible that he directs his Muslim brother to something he would not be pleased with for himself. (6)
The Muslim doctor should not make the patient a means of experimenting the effectiveness of a medication, especially if he fears that there would be severe side effects, because this experimentation would negate the honour Allaah has bestowed on the children of Aadam. Allaah [The Most High] said:
[وَلَقَدۡ كَرَّمۡنَا بَنِىٓ ءَادَمَ وَحَمَلۡنَـٰهُمۡ فِى ٱلۡبَرِّ وَٱلۡبَحۡرِ وَرَزَقۡنَـٰهُم مِّنَ ٱلطَّيِّبَـٰتِ وَفَضَّلۡنَـٰهُمۡ عَلَىٰ ڪَثِيرٍ۬ مِّمَّنۡ خَلَقۡنَا تَفۡضِيلاً۬ – And indeed We have honoured the Children of Adam, and We have carried them on land and sea, and have provided them with At-Taiyibat(lawful good things), and have preferred them above many of those whom We have created with a marked preference]. [Surah Al-Is’raa Aayah 70]
This deed [i.e. using the patient as a means to experimenting the effectiveness of a medication] negates the command given to person to safeguard the blood of a Muslim. The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allaah will fulfil his needs; whoever brought his [Muslim] brother out of discomfort, Allaah will bring him out of a discomfort from the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allaah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection. (7)
If the Muslim doctor is certain that the harm [or side effects] that will result from the medication is lesser than the harm caused by the continuation of the illness, then it is permissible to give the medication based on choosing the lesser harm between two.
The Muslim doctor should ask the scholars regarding affairs that occur in his profession and should not jump into affairs without background knowledge of the Islamic legislation! He should be careful of (Sigmund) Freud’s absurdities, fictitious and false views and should not be deceived by (Charles) Darwin. Abu Hurairah [may Allaah be pleased with him] said that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, ‘’A slave (of Allaah) may utter a word which pleases Allaah, without giving it much importance, and because of that Allaah will raise him to degrees (of reward); and a slave (of Allaah) may utter a word (carelessly) which displeases Allaah, without thinking of its gravity, and because of that he will be thrown into the Hell-fire.’’ (8)
The Muslim doctor should be careful of what is transmitted in the medical journals (or textbooks) and he should not accept everything transmitted in them without ascertaining its correctness, for indeed knowledge is established either through a trustworthy transmission or an unquestionable view point. The affairs of medicine attributed to the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] should be checked as to whether their chains of transmission are authentic, and the affairs of medicine that are established by way of opinions [i.e. through study and research etc] should be examined to find out whether they are [sound, unsound, or whether they contain flaws, sin, offence etc]. He should not be an easy and legitimate prey whom the enemies of Allaah use as a means to transmit that which opposes the Religion of Islaam and causes harm to the Muslims; rather he should know that everything that comes to him regarding modern medicine has to be subjected to research and has to be ascertained.
The doctor should believe that his knowledge of medicine is nothing else but only a means (of cure). As for the effects and effectiveness (of the cure), it is decided by Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) if He (Allaah) wishes to give cure and well-being. Allaah (The Most High) stated (that Ibraaheem- alayhis-salaam said): [وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ – And when I (i.e. Ibraaheem) am ill, it is He (Allaah) who cures me]. [26:80] So Allaah is the one who gives cure and not others. The doctor should make this known to the patient.
The doctor should be pleased with the Divine Will and Decree of Allaah. Abdullaah Ibn Abbaas [may Allaah be pleased with him and his father] said, “Once I was riding behind the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] so he said, ‘O young man! I shall teach you some words (of advice). Be mindful of Allaah, and Allaah will protect you. Be mindful of Allaah, and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask Allaah (Alone). If you seek help, seek help from Allaah (alone). Know that if the nation were to gather together to benefit you with something, they would not benefit with anything except that which Allaah has already recorded for you. If they gather to harm you by something, they would not be able to harm you by anything except what Allaah has already recorded against you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried’’. (9)
So neither should a doctor be beguiled by his (or her) knowledge of medicine nor raise objections against Allaah’s Power and Position. He (or she) should know that the affairs of the creation alternate based on Allaah’s decree. [Excerpt from Akhlaaq At-Tabeeb Al-Muslim pages 4- 18]
Allaah [The Exalted] said:
أَفَلَمۡ يَسِيرُواْ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ فَيَنظُرُواْ كَيۡفَ كَانَ عَـٰقِبَةُ ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِهِمۡۚ كَانُوٓاْ أَڪۡثَرَ مِنۡہُمۡ وَأَشَدَّ قُوَّةً۬ وَءَاثَارً۬ا فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ فَمَآ أَغۡنَىٰ عَنۡہُم مَّا كَانُواْ يَكۡسِبُونَ
Have they not travelled through the earth and seen what was the end of those before them? They were more numerous than them and mightier in strength, and in the traces (they have left behind them) in the land, yet all that they used to earn availed them not.
Then Allaah mentioned their major sin, saying: [فَلَمَّا جَآءَتۡهُمۡ رُسُلُهُم بِٱلۡبَيِّنَـٰتِ – Then when their Messengers came to them with clear proofs], that is the Divine Books, the mighty miracles, and the manifest beneficial knowledge that distinguished between guidance and misguidance, between truth and falsehood; [فَرِحُواْ بِمَا عِندَهُم مِّنَ ٱلۡعِلۡمِ – they were glad (and proud) with that which they had of the knowledge (of worldly things)], meaning, the knowledge that contradicted the knowledge of the Messengers. It is well known that being glad (and proud) showed their overwhelming happiness with this knowledge, and that they followed it firmly, showed enmity to the truth that was brought by the Messengers, and (established) their falsehood as the truth. This applies to all types of knowledge that are utilized to nullify the knowledge brought by the Messengers.
The affair that is most deserving of inclusion in this are the philosophical sciences, and Greek philosophy by way of which many verses of the Qur’an were rejected and its (lofty) status diminished in hearts of the people, and they held the proofs of this philosophy – that were only statements – as proofs based on certainty, even though they do not provide anything that would lead to certainty, and was preferred by the intellects of the foolish and the adherents to falsehood. This is one of worst types of denying Allaah’s Signs, opposing and nullifying them. [وَحَاقَ بِهِم مَّا كَانُواْ بِهِۦ يَسۡتَہۡزِءُونَ – And that at which they used to mock, surrounded them (i.e. the punishment)]. [An Excerpt from Tafseer As-Sadi. slightly paraphrased]
Dr. Shaikh Abu Iyaadh [may Allaah preserve him] stated: “Today, they rejoice with their speculative sciences and the greatest of them is Darwinian evolution which they have fused into and made inseparable from and made the very foundation of their biological sciences. And this is what is at the heart of what they are doing today, and these people are the Malthusian Eugenicists, International Bankers and Elites of the Kuffar and Mushrikeen. They are using the scam and fraud of virology to start the transformation from what is now taking place of the collapse of democracy into the new tyrannical system they desire, and they are starting with the Western social democracies first as most of the groundwork has already been laid in these societies. Darwinian evolution is what they use to deny creation and resurrection”. [Telegram Message Dated: Jumada Al Oula 20, 1443AH (24/12/21)]
Al-Sheikh al-Allaamah Saleh al-Fawzan: Seeking Cure (Tadaawee) is Permissible (Mubaah), a Person is not Sinful for Choosing Means Other than a Vaccine When he is not Required
On the 2nd Jumaadaa al-Oulaa 1443 (7th December 2021) after Salaat al-Fajr at the Sheikh’s local masjid in al-Fayhaa, we asked Sheikh al-‘Allamah Saleh al-Fawzan whilst leaving the masjid and accompanying him to his car:
Questioner: may Allah grant you goodness, our Sheikh, there are Muslims around the world in different countries where they have a choice to take the vaccine and they are not forced to take it by those in authority (over them). If one of them prefers different means of keeping himself safe from illness such as Duaa, or Tawbah, or Giving in Sadaqah, and he chooses to not take the vaccine, is he sinful in the Shari’ah of Allah?
Answer: he can combine between both.
Questioner: however Sheikh he is not compelled to take the vaccine, so is he then sinful?
Answer: How is this? They are not compelled. This is something permissible. If he wishes to, take it, seeking cure is Mubaah (an action that one is not sinful if one doesn’t do it, nor is he rewarded if he does it), (so) he does not fall into Sin (for not taking it).
س: “أحسن الله إليك شيخنا هناك مسلمون حول العالم في بلدان مختلفة الذين لهم الخيار في أخذ اللقاح و لا تجبرهم حكومتهم. إن فضّل أحد منهم أسباب آخرى للسلامة مثل الدعاء أو توبة أو صدقة و لا يأخذ اللقاح هل يأثم في الشرع؟”
جـ : “يجمع بين الإثنين”
س: “و لكن شيخنا لا يُجبر في أخذ اللقاح … فهل يأثم ؟”
جـ: “وش لون؟ لا يُجبرهم… هذا مباح.. إن أراد, أخذ… التداوي مباح… لا يأثم”
The question was asked and witnessed by: Zakariya Adam Zoaib Yusuf
This is not recorded as it was a casual encounter with the Sheikh and its not from good manners to record without a Sheikh’s permission. However the Sheikh is alive and well and praying in his masjid, so he can be approached with the very same question to verify the above if anyone wishes to do so. [End of quote]
Therefore, we say to the fearmongers and alarmists in the Western Media,”The level of Shirk determines the level of fear”. Read: Second, Third, Fourth or Even Hundredth Wave of XYZ Illness or Disease! [Do Not Allow a Mulhid Fear-monger to Afflict You With Fear And Anxiety]: https://salaficentre.com/2020/09/08/second-third-fourth-or-even-hundredth-wave-of-xyz-illness-or-disease-do-not-allow-a-mulhid-fear-monger-to-afflict-you-with-fear-and-anxiety/
We also remind the hardliners in the West – those who insist that we must agree with their views, even though there is data that makes us cautious – to read the following article: https://abukhadeejah.com/advice-regarding-differing-over-covid-19/
Finally, we say to the hardliners to find a doctor who is willing to do so?
Dear Dr ………………..
I am writing to pose questions to you regarding the proposed X, Y or Z vaccinations. I hereby notify you that I shall only offer my consent to be vaccinated upon condition that the answers to each and every single question set out below is in the affirmative and all reasoning requested supplied to me as soon as reasonably practicable.
Q1: Are you Dr ……………., exercising your duties as a medical doctor as laid out by the GMC and do you stand by that at all material times? YES / NO (Circle your answer)
Q2: Are you satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the X, Y or Z vaccine is sufficiently safe and effective for mass rollout without a marketing licence? YES / NO (Circle your answer)
Q3: Are you satisfied that the X, Y or Z vaccine is even necessary with the generally accepted survival rate from disease X, Y or Z being around 99.96%, and the vast majority of recorded deaths being in the elderly and those with severe co-morbidities? YES / NO (Circle your answer)
Q4: Are you certain that the X, Y or Z vaccination campaign is not a human experiment? YES / NO (Circle your answer)
Q5: Do you therefore agree that fully informed consent of a man or a woman, boy or girl is a fundamental pre-requisite to both respecting their fundamental human rights under UDBHR, GDPR and due and proper fulfilment of your duty as a doctor? YES / NO (Circle your answer)
Q6: Do you have in your possession or control reliable data, independently verified, detailing the precise ingredients in the X, Y or Z vaccine? YES / NO (Circle your answer)
Q7: Are you satisfied as a medical doctor/professional that such vaccine ingredients shall not individually or collectively cause me adverse psychological and/or physical reactions? YES / NO (Circle your answer)
Q8: Are you prepared to sign a personal indemnity for the benefit of myself and/or my heirs/next-of-kin upon full unlimited liability in your private capacity for any harm or loss of life experienced by me from adverse reactions following upon my taking the vaccine in one or repeated doses? YES / NO (Circle your answer)
Q9: Do you understand that concealment of data and blocking or wilful refusal to provide data or information relating to our personal data is a criminal offence under Data Protection Act 2018 section 173? YES / NO (Circle your answer)
Q10: Are you prepared to set out your precise reasons upon independent evidence for your affirmative answers to Questions 2. 3 and 7? Kindly send me a reply signed in wet ink within one calendar month in order to comply with Data Protection requirements and answer my concerns in honour and lawful transparency. Thank you.
(Signature in blue)
[Ref 1: Reported by Ibn Maajah 2341 & Ahmad 1/313]
[Ref 2: Reported by Abu Dawud Number 3855]
[Ref 3: Al-Bukhari Hadeeth Number 1]
[Ref 4: Reported by Abu Dawud Number 5128’ & declared Saheeh by Imaam Albaani (rahimahullaah) in his checking of Sunan Abee Dawud]
[Ref 5: See Hadeeth Number 5062′ Vol 4’ page 259′ in Mirqaat Al-Mafaateeh Sharh Mishkaat Al-Masaabeeh]
[Ref 6: Source: Awnul Ahadis Samadi, Sharhu Al-Adab Al-Mufrad’ Vol 1′ Hadeeth Number 256′ page 283]
[Ref 7: Bukhaari Hadeeth Number 2442]
[Ref 8: Saheeh al-Bukhaari Number 6478]
[Ref 9: Recorded by Tirmidhee who said it is a Hasan saheeh hadith. Number 20516]