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Acupuncture and massaging the satr area

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1. Is it permissible to do Acupuncture and massage therapy to treat illness?

2. If the needles have to be put in the stomach, back, legs, etc. in the area between the navel and knees,w ill it be permissible?

3. Sometimes these pressure points are massaged instead of using needles. Will this be permissible?



1. Yes, if all the shar`ee requirements are followed.

2. If there is a genuine need and an upright physician strongly advises the same then it will be permissible. Further, at no time should any part of the private area be exposed.

3. As above.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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