Working according to one's degree

Q: I am a doctor. I studied MBBS by choice and later done MD in medicine. My parents asked me my choice of doing MD medicine. I got MD medicine seat by giving money to management. My University is autonomous and have their own entrance exam. They only select students for particular degrees on the basis of donation money students have given them. Selection is not on merit. In similar way I got admission in MD medicine.

I was happy at first but later I had thoughts that it is non Islamic. I said to my parents that I want to quit as a lot of money for my degree was given so I was forced to complete my 3 years of residency in medicine.

Apart from religious thoughts, the reason for my wish to quit the degree was, I was unable to handle the pressure of continuous 48-72 hrs work. I came back home and was adamant for quitting my studies and stayed for about 9 months. This problem was taken before management and I was given concession of 12 hrs daily work.

In this way I completed my 3 years residency. Till then I was very depressed and was on antidepressants for nearly 2 years, and my wish to study further also vanished. I was given a passing degree without studying by giving money to management.

I feel I have knowledge more than MBBS but less than MD as I treated patients entirely over 3 years of residency. Is it halaal for me to continue my carrier in medicine as a job or as a private practitioner?

Kindly take note that I have a family with one child and I don't have any other qualifications for my survival. My parents don't want me to work as a MBBS doctor as my marriage was done by saying that I was doing MD medicine. If I do so, it is likely that it may cause a rift in my family. I'm not doing any job or earning since 2 years as I don't feel it halaal and my family and parents are not convinced on my job based on MBBS degree.

A: You may continue to work according to your qualification and your earnings will be halaal.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)