[9] The Muslim Doctor and the Aim Behind Medicine- [The Muslim Doctor Should Not Make the Patient a Means to Experimenting the Effectiveness of a Medication]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool  (may Allaah preserve him) stated in Akhlaaq At-tabeeb  Al-Muslim pages 13-14 that the Muslim doctor should not make the patient a means to experimenting the effectiveness of a medication, especially if he fears that there would be great side effects. That is because this experimentation would negate the honour Allaah has bestowed on the children of Aadam. Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَلَقَدۡ كَرَّمۡنَا بَنِىٓ ءَادَمَ وَحَمَلۡنَـٰهُمۡ فِى ٱلۡبَرِّ وَٱلۡبَحۡرِ وَرَزَقۡنَـٰهُم مِّنَ ٱلطَّيِّبَـٰتِ وَفَضَّلۡنَـٰهُمۡ عَلَىٰ ڪَثِيرٍ۬ مِّمَّنۡ خَلَقۡنَا تَفۡضِيلاً۬

And indeed We have honoured the Children of Adam, and We have carried them on land and sea, and have provided them with At-Taiyibat(lawful good things), and have preferred them above many of those whom We have created with a marked preference. [17:70]

This deed (i.e. utilising the patient as a means to experimenting the effectiveness of a medication) negates the command to safeguard the blood of a Muslim. The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allaah will fulfil his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of discomfort, Allaah will bring him out of a discomfort from the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allaah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection. [Bukhaari Hadeeth Number 2442]

If the Muslim doctor is sure that the harm (or side effects) that will result from the medication is lesser than the harm caused by the continuation of the illness, then it is permissible to give the medication from the angle of being pleased (or satisfied) with choosing the lesser harm between two harms. [Paraphrased and Abridged]


To be continued…InShaaAllaah

 

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