Ruling on seeking treatment

Q 6: What is the ruling on seeking treatment from diseases? Is it obligatory? If not, will there be any sin on the surgeon who refuses to carry out a surgery for personal reasons?

A: Seeking treatment is Mashru` (Islamically acceptable). It is obligatory for the doctor who is employed to treat patients to do his best to help them recover from their illnesses or relieve their pains. The general texts of Shari`ah (Islamic Law) which encourage co-operation, helping the needy and removing afflictions are indicative of this. Furthermore, the doctor has to perform the tasks assigned to him perfectly. This includes treating the patients who seek his help. It is not permissible for him to abstain from or neglect treating them.