Women Studying Medicine

Islam urges both males and females to seek knowledge. In his general statement, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said, “If one treads a path in order to seek knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a way to enter Paradise.” The Prophetic hadith is general and its words include males as well as females. Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah, president of the Islamic Society of North America and member of the Fiqh Council of North America, states the following: Studying medicine by a woman is fard kifayah (collective duty). So, it is allowed for women to study medicine, especially in this age because we need a lot of professional female doctors in many fields. But there has to be a balance between the family commitment and the study, especially when we know that the woman’s role in the family is more necessary.