QUESTION:

What do the scholars of the Dīn and muftīs of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: I am a pharmacist and wish to ask whether I am allowed to administer injections to females?

Questioner:  Ibrahim from U.K.

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

It is permissible for you to administer injections to females as one has to look at and touch non-Mahram women in order to do this task, and our respected jurists have permitted the looking and touching of a non-Mahram patient in the relevant affected areas for a doctor.

Just as it is stated stated in the highly reputable of Hanafī Fiqh – al-Hidāyah:

“وَيَجُوزُ لِلطَّبِيبِ أَنْ يَنْظُرَ إلَى مَوْضِعِ الْمَرَضِ مِنْهَالِلضَّرُورَةِ”

“It is permissible for a doctor to look at the area affected by an illness for a non-Mahram woman; this permissibility is on the basis of need”

[al-Hidāyah, vol 4, pg 60]

In a like manner, it is stated in Bahār-e-Sharī’at that another circumstance wherein one is allowed to look towards a non-Mahram woman is in the situation of illness, where she is ill and there is a need to look towards certain parts of her body, and there also arises the need to touch certain parts of the body. For example, one has to touch the hands to check the pulse or if there is the notion of their being swelling in the stomach, then to feel the stomach becomes necessary or if there is a sore (wound) on any part, then it needs to be seen and, in some cases, one also needs to feel it. In such a condition, to look at the area of the illness and based on this necessity, to touch that area is also permissible.

[Bahār-e-Sharī’at, vol 3, pg 447]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Haider Ali

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