I live in Canada. We have a few laws/policies here that may not be in line with Islamic beliefs – please correct me if I’m wrong below. For instance, we must identify an individual with pronouns (e.g., he, him, her, hers, etc.) of their choosing regardless of the sex they were assigned at birth. Additionally, doctors must refer patients seeking euthanasia to specialists who can aid them in undergoing this process. For individuals belonging to the trans community, doctors are also obliged to direct them on how to access the necessary resources for operations and medications for sex change. My question is, would a Muslim be sinning if he or she was following these laws/policies? Particularly considering the fact that a doctor may be facilitating the process of assisted suicide or significant changes to the body. Can someone please shed some light on this matter?
Are you asking this question as a doctor? If so, then hopefully you can advise your patients about what is right. If they still persist then you have no sin for providing them with referrals. We’re only obligated to whatever is possible in our domain – the rest is between your patients and God.
JazakAllah for the answer. I am asking as someone who is currently a student and pursuing the field of medicine. As far as referrals are concerned, the doctor can only go as far as sharing the benefits, harms, and alternatives of any particular procedure. As you probably know, I can’t share my moral/religious views on them. This is why I’m concerned!
In terms of referring to people by their prefered pronouns, this is a law that was passed four years ago. It is incumbent on all residents of Canada under the criminal code to adhere to this law. In this case, would I be sinning?
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