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Can a female caregiver care for an autistic male teenager?

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Salam Alaykum. My wife is working as a caretaker for autistic teenagers. She has to tale care of a male patient who isnt a mukallaf nor have aql. He is like a baby in his mind. All she has to do is entertain him and make him food. I have been struggling to find an answer to this about the hukm. Can you please enlighten me in shaa Allah. Jazakallah khayr


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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.


You enquire if it is permissible for your wife to take care of an autistic teenager who has the state of mind of a baby. It is permissible for your wife to take care of such a teenager.[i]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Abu ‘Umar Muhammad bin Zayn Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


المبسوط للسرخسي (10/ 148)

[نَظَرُ الْمَرْأَةِ إلَى الرَّجُلِ]

فَأَمَّا نَظَرُ الْمَرْأَةِ إلَى الرَّجُلِ فَهُوَ كَنَظَرِ الرَّجُلِ إلَى الرَّجُلِ لِمَا بَيَّنَّا أَنَّ السُّرَّةَ وَمَا فَوْقَهَا وَمَا تَحْتَ الرُّكْبَةِ لَيْسَ بِعَوْرَةٍ مِنْ الرَّجُلِ وَمَا لَا يَكُونُ عَوْرَةً فَالنَّظَرُ إلَيْهِ مُبَاحٌ لِلرِّجَالِ وَالنِّسَاءِ كَالثِّيَابِ وَغَيْرِهَا وَأَشَارَ فِي كِتَابِ الْخُنْثَى إلَى أَنَّ نَظَرَ الْمَرْأَةِ إلَى الرَّجُلِ كَنَظَرِ الرَّجُلِ إلَى ذَوَاتِ مَحَارِمِهِ حَتَّى لَا يُبَاحَ لَهَا أَنْ تَنْظُرَ إلَى ظَهْرِهِ وَبَطْنِهِ



المحيط البرهاني في الفقه النعماني (5/ 330)

فنقول: نظر المرأة إلى الرجل الأجنبي تنظر إلى جميع جسده إلا ما بين سرته حتى تجاوز ركبته؛ لأن السرة فما فوقها وما تحت الركبة من الرجل ليس بعورة، وما ليس بعورة فالنظر إليه مبلغ الرجال والنساء جميعاً


فتاوى قاضيخان (3/ 308)

و لا تجوز وصية العبد و المدبر و أم الولد و المكاتب مات عن وفاء أو غير وفاء و معتق البعض كذلك في قول أبي حنيفة رحمه الله تعالى لأنه بمنزلة المكاتب عنده و المجنون بمنزلة الصبي


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