Intercourse Between Doctor and Patient for Medical Reasons
  • Question:

    Is intercourse between doctor and patient and the use of nude pictures and videos legal for treatment of mental illness problem? Is it a sin?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    In Islam, intercourse is only permitted between husband and wife. Therefore if the doctor and patient are not married, intercourse would be islamically prohibited for them.

    Material that entails nudity including pictures and videos is also prohibited in Islam. Whatever is prohibited to view in a physical tangible sense is also prohibited to view virtually and digitally.

    Since the above are Islamic prohibitions, they do entail sin and must be avoided by a practicing Muslim.

    We also do not believe there is any medical benefit to treat mental illness through the above means.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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