The Adornment of the Muslim Doctor
(With Good Character):
A lecture by
Sheikh Muhammad ibn Salih al-Munajjid
حلية الطبيب المسلم
للشيخ محمد بن صالح المنجد
Translation with Adaptations,
Introduction and Annotation by
Abu Salman Deya ud-Deen Eberle
أبو ســـلمان ضياء الدين ابرلي
The Lecture of Sheikh
Muhammad ibn Salih al-Munajjid
All praises for Allah, the Lord of the Universe and I pray with salutations of praises, peace and blessings on our Prophet Muhammad ibn Abdullah and on his family and companions…
O my brothers and sisters, Peace and the mercy of Allah and His blessings be upon you. I ask Allah to make this sitting here today beneficial and blessed, and to make us of those who benefit and utilize what they learn, and put into practice their knowledge correctly. I also ask Allah to give us sincerity and straightness in purpose and deed, Verily Allah is the All-Hearer, the Answerer of prayer.
Our today’s topic is “a Muslim doctor’s adornment” and how should be his or her inner intentions and external manners. We will mention the important characteristics that a Muslim doctor should inculcate within himself until it becomes second nature, adoring his intentions and actions with plentiful raiment. These include:
1. Taqwa (fear of Allah in piety);
2. Ikhlas (sincerity);
3. Fiqh (understanding of jurisprudence);
4. Da’wah (calling) to Allah and this includes Amr bil-Ma’roof (commanding the good) and Nahi unil-Munkar (prohibiting the evil)
5. Amaanah (trustworthiness)
6. Itqaan (excellence of work)
7. Husn al-Khuluq (good behavior)
O my bothers and sisters, as we meet here today let us try to study together these important things in the life of a Muslim doctor, actually in the life of all Muslims.
A Muslim doctor is someone who carries a message, who believes in Allah and the Last Day, who seeks by his deeds to receive his reward with Allah the Exalted, who calls others with insight and wisdom to believe in Allah. Even before he is a person of remedy and medicine, he is a person of Islamic faith and law. Unfortunately only a few of the fortunate doctors, whom Allah has blessed with His Mercy, truly understand this affair.
A Muslim doctor should be God-fearing and pious as Allah the Exalted said:
﴿ وَلَقَدْ وَصَّيْنَا الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ وَإِيَّاكُمْ أَنِ اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ﴾
“And we have enjoined upon those that were given the Book before you, and to you, to fear Allah with piety.” (4:131)
This is the command of Allah for all people of the world from the beginning to the last …This is crucially important, especially for the Muslim doctor whether male or female, for it compels the doctor to practice the medical procedures he is competent in and leave those which he is not, for Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
(من تطبب ولم يعلم منه طب فهو ضامن )
“Anyone who practices medicine and is not competent as a doctor, he is responsible (for the harm).”  This is the fear of Allah and piety which compels him to work hard to excel and to practice his profession with integrity, combating those that would sell themselves just for an illegal profit, for instance, what takes place with some major drug corporations wherein they use people in the so called third world like guinea pigs to test the effects of products under research. This fear of Allah and piety compels him to thoroughly investigate and then diagnose the illness with sincerity and precision, and then prescribe the medicine without being influenced by the propaganda campaigns of these international drug corporations – which often are just a pseudonym for bribery with tickets, gifts and hotel accommodations for special sessions, etc.
 Reported by Abu Da`ud, an-Nasa`e, Ibn Majah, al-Haakim with a good chain of narrators as al-Albani mentioned in Sahih al-Jame’ # 6153, and this is a shorter wording, whereas Abu Da`ud and Ibn Majah reported the longer version which reads:
” أيما طبيب تطبب على قوم لا يعرف له تطبب قبل ذلك فأعنت فهو ضامن “
“Anyone who practices medicine for a peoples who do not know him beforehand as a doctor and then harms someone, he is responsible (to pay the damages).” These narrations mention the quack pretending to practice as a doctor, or the criminally negligent and incompetent one who harms the people.
Forth coming (insha-Allah: God willing)