Doctors making patients wait

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Q: It has become the habit with doctors that the time of the appointment made is hardly ever upheld. Despite an appointment having been made for a certain time, a patient is made to wait sometimes upto an hour longer. Is this correct? It creates much frustration and inconvenience. 


A: An appointment is a promise, and to honour a promise is obligatory. Without a valid excuse to disregard a promise is the work of a munaafiq. 

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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