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Health care worker and non-mahram patient

Fatwaa ID: 758

Is it permissible for a health care worker to stay with a non mahram patient if she’s dying alone. The worker has already given medication to make the patient comfortable and just wants to stay in the room so that the patient doesn’t die alone.
Or he is dying alone*
-is it permissible for a Muslim to visit a fellow Muslim non mahram who’s dying so that they don’t die alone?

  • and lastly, can a Muslim see a non mahram kāfir who’s dying so that they can be given da’wah?

Clarification: A health care facility

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

We take note of the details of the query. A health care worker in a health care facility may attend to a non-mahram, Muslim or non-Muslim, who is at the end of his life provided that the general laws of hijaab and inter-gender interactions are maintained. There should not be any khalwah, i.e., the door should not be locked. He should remain professional in his interactions. The health care worker should try to provide comfort and also give da’wah and remind the patient about the reality of life. When dealing with a Muslim patient, he should recite the kalimah or shahaadah near the patient.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

08/10/1444 AH – 03/02/2023 CE | AMG1-2859

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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