A Muslim woman exposing her `Awrah to a Muslim doctor for treatment

Q: What is the ruling on uncovering the `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public) of a Muslim woman in the presence of a Muslim doctor for medical treatment? What is the Islamic ruling on the physical examination of a female patient by a male doctor using his hands for the purpose of treatment?

A: Priority should be given to the treatment of a woman by a female Muslim doctor. If unavailable, then by a female non-Muslim doctor. If unavailable, then by a male Muslim doctor when necessary. If unavailable, she may resort to a male non-Muslim doctor.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.