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Fatwa on Doctors Lies to Patients.

Question:

The doctor may sometimes need to lie to the patient about his health conditions, as he cannot bear it if he is told the truth, is the doctor committing sins by doing so?

Answer:

It is permissible to lie to him if the lie is beneficial to him and does not harm him or harm anyone else. But if it is possible for the doctor and nurse to use indirect words without lying to him, that will be safer and better.

May Allah grant us success, and may Allah's peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

Source of Fatwa:

Fatwa issued by: The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta.

Fatwa no.: (6908).

Original text of the Fatwa in Arabic:

السؤال:

قد يحتاج الطبيب أحيانا إلى الكذب على المريض بخصوص حالته الصحية، حيث إنه لا يتحمل أن نصرح له، فهل يكون الطبيب آثما؟

الإجابة:

يجوز الكذب عليه إذا كان الكذب ينفعه ولا يضره ولا يضر غيره، وإن أمكن أن يستعمل الطبيب والطبيبة المعاريض دون الكذب الصريح فهو أحوط وأحسن.

وبالله التوفيق، وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم.

 

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