Doctors Lying to Patients About Health Conditions: Permissible?
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Doctors Lying to Patients About Health Conditions: Permissible?

Questioner

Ismaeel

Reply Date

Jan 06, 2019

Question

Doctors may need to lie to the patients concerning their health condition, especially as the patient may get worse if he or she knows their real condition. Is the doctor sinful for doing this?

Mufti

Answer


Doctors Lying to Patients About Health Conditions

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

It is permissible for doctors to lie to the patient if this will improve their medical condition and will not have harmful consequences to the patient.


Answering your question, The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ in Saudi Arabia, states:

It is permissible to lie to the patient if this will improve their medical condition and will not have harmful consequences to the patient or to others.

But if it is possible for the male or female doctors to use equivocation or ambiguous words, without resorting to direct lying, that would be safer and preferable.

Almighty Allah knows best.

Source: www.alifta.com




About Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

The Standing Committee for Islamic Research and Iftaa' in Saudi Arabia

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