Is it compulsory to follow the advice of a doctor?

Q: My question is regarding recent time of crisis when some of my fellow Muslims deny the lockdown and go to masjid. I try to convince them but need a proper basis. Somewhere I read, that it is mentioned in hadees, that If a person goes against the saying of doctor and eats prohibited things by doctor/expert which result to his death, it will be considered as suicide. Is it true? If yes, where is it mentioned.

A: This is an absolute fabrication. Medication is just an optional thing. If someone does not administer medication and dies, he will not at all be sinful. The doctor himself in most cases is taking a chance, for perhaps he uses his discretion and tries to figure out the problem. Therefore, his diagnosis does not have to be categorical and conclusive. When it is not categorical and conclusive then to administer that medication is also not compulsory and obligatory. (Shaami)

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

 

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)