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The woman exposing her 'awrah in front of a disbelieving female doctor

Is it permissible for the Muslim woman who is sick to expose her ‘awrah (private parts) infront of a female disbelieving doctor, and in particular that she resides in a non-Muslim country?

It is permissible; and as for His saying The Most High: ((…or their women…)) (Soorah An-Noor: 31) in clarification to what is allowed for the woman to show from her body to other women then some of them have said: ((…or their women…)) – that the disbelieving woman is outside of this, and this is not correct since it is permissible for her to expose that which is needed for the purpose of medical treatment or other than that. So the conduct/dealing with the disbelieving woman is like that of the Muslim woman with the exception if she fears that she may leak out her privacy or publicize her privacy; in this case it is impermissible. As for the issue of medical treatment, then it is allowed for the Muslim woman to seek treatment from a disbelieving woman, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Shaykh Muqbil bin Haadee
Ghaaratul Ashritah, volume 2, page 209
Translated by Aboo Haatim Muhammad Farooq
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