Women working in the medical field

Q 1: What is the ruling on women’s work in the medical field in general, and in the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology in particular? It should be noted that a female doctor is obliged to speak and discuss matters with male doctors. Sometimes, they are forced to stay in the same clinic with a male doctor and a nurse alone for long hours according to the system of the hospital.

A: It is permissible for a woman to work in the medical field in general. She can discuss the cases of her patients with male doctors without being soft in speech, and without there being any Khulwah (being in private with a member of the opposite sex), or Tabarruj (woman’s public display of her adornment or charms), or uncovering the `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public). (Part No. 24; Page No. 423) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.