A doctor wishing to quit working but she is told that treating her relatives is obligatory

Q 3: I am a young woman and I will finish my studies at the faculty of medicine within a few months. The point is that I do not want to work, but some people tell me that I am responsible for the medical treatment of my female relatives and acquaintances who live in my area. They go on about how I have studied medicine, so I have to take care of them and ensure that they do not have to be examined by male doctors. Is this correct? It may be worth mentioning that the country where I live has many professional female doctors.

A: If the case is exactly as mentioned in the question, it will not be Wajib (obligatory) on you specifically to provide medical treatment for your female relatives and acquaintances who live in your area. This is because other female doctors are available, who will undertake such responsibility. However, you may check your female relatives and acquaintances and provide medical treatment for them as a way to solidify ties with them, doing Ma`ruf (that which is judged as good, beneficial, or fitting by Islamic law and Muslims of sound intellect), and being benevolent.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.