Lady working doctor.
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Asalmaoalaikum ! I need a quick reply to this question! im a doctor. I work privately at a clinic in the evenings. Its a senior male doctors clinic and we have other staff like female assistants and male assistants,assigned different tasks. My preference is to work on female patients only,but smtimes due to work load I have to work on male patients too. I cover up my self properly,cover my head and wear a mask usually all the time during work,first I want to know whether is it ok for female doctors to work on male pateints,when the male doctor is not available?
My second question relates to my boss. He is a generous man and a good doctor.and we only talk on professional matters. What I find disturbing ,is his attitude towards other women, the kind of women who obviously are willing and open to flirt with him,and he offcorse does the same! I get really upset by this thing,as he is in his late forties,has a beautiful wife and 4 kids,and he flirts with women and has physical relations with them too,im sorry and sad to say. This ive found out only while ive worked with him,although he remains distanced from me,and keeps his integrity towards me,pays me on time and is kind and helping to me at times, so do u think that his personal life(of getting physical with women &all)should affect my attitude towards him? which I cant stand at times,I sometimes want to leave the job becoz of that!but since its not easy to find a well paying job these days and I need to work becoz I need money. But even then,if its not allowed in islam to work with such a man,id be glad to leave it..im just confused! And offcorse im not frank enough with him to interfere in his matters,and neither can I stop him,do guide me wt shud I do?hell never dare make a pass on me,and he does everything behind closed doors bt I do feel very uncomfortable smtimes.and ive heard he does not have a good reputation either,but since hes a very learned man and highly educated and skilled, I keep learning so much from him ..and if I leave the job,what reason shud I tell him plz tell me that too!and since ive heard so many stories,that such people are plenty,who knows my next boss is cheaper,but I really want ur help in this!thanks!
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Lady working doctor
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Dear and beloved Sister in Islam, the life of a human being is so sanctified in Islam that when faced with an absolutely emergency situation where it is a matter of life and death, and one violates the Commands of Allah only to save ones life, one will be absolutely blameless in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 173:
173 He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah; but if one is forced by necessity without wilful disobedience nor transgressing due limits, then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 106:
106 Anyone who after accepting faith in Allah utters unbelief except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in faith; but such as open their breast to unbelief on them is Wrath from Allah and theirs will be a dreadful penalty.
Thus if Allah Subhanah has blessed one amongst the believers to be a doctor, there is absolutely no harm if that believing doctor attends to a non-mehram member of the opposite sex in matters of medical emergency.
But under normal situations and conditions, Islamic culture, Islamic Etiquette, and the Guidance of Allah and His Messenger (saws) demand that the segregation of sexes be scrupulously honored and the believing men doctors should fear Allah and attend to men patients, and the believing female doctors should fear Allah and attend to female patients. That would be closest to piety and righteousness in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.
In cases of emergencies where a doctor of the same sex is unavailable, there is no harm if a believing doctor forced by necessity but without willful disobedience, attends to a patient of the opposite sex.
Question: My second question relates to my boss.. but I really want
Respected sister, Islam does not prohibit one from being employed by an employer who is known to have or has loose morals. provided the believing employee themselves strive their absolute utmost to live within the prescribed boundaries of their Lord Most High, the morality of the employer is not the concern of the believing employee.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Noor verse 31:
31 And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! Turn ye all together towards Allah that ye may attain Bliss.
Respected sister in Islam, you as a believing woman who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day, should at absolutely all times be on your guard, and strive your absolute utmost to guard your modesty and protect your chastity, regardless of whether the non-mehram member of the opposite sex you are required to associate with in your work is known to have good or evil morals..that would be akin to piety and righteousness on your part in the Sight of your Lord.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,