The Ethics of the Muslim Physician and the Legacy of Muhammad (pbuh)

Thalia A. Arawi



Contemporary physicians have become entrepreneurs, and the patient is often seen as a client and medicine a commodity. As such, many patients as well as members of the healthcare team feel that medicine is not living up to its own standards. It is the contention of the author that the Muslim physician, guided by the two primary sources of Islamic Law, the Qur’an and the Sunna, will possess the necessary character traits of a good physician. In this article I argue that the Muslim physician who abides by the Sunna will develop the character traits that will help him/her develop the virtues necessary for making a good physician that will do the right thing even when no one is looking.


Medical ethics; Islam; Sunnah; physician-patient relationship

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