Female dentist treating male patients

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Q: What is the ruling for a lady who is a dentist. While treating her male na-mahram patients, she have to touch their mouth area to do the required cleaning and surgery operations. She wears gloves during the entire operation or cleaning procedure.

Also, there are many male dentist doctors availabe in our city. Is it still halaal for her to practise dentistry and treat na-mahram male patients? What is the Islamic ruling on this?


A: For women to venture out of their homes is not free of danger and problems. It does not even sound respectful that for a little more comfort one begins to experiment with his deen. If a woman has to practice then let it be known to clients that it is an only female practice.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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