Today I had a kind of shared ethics meeting. We (medical and nursing students and 2 supervisors) were discussing some ethical issues. As I expected before the meeting, we came to an issue about Muslims and Islam. It concerned a young married Muslim woman who was sick and her family didn't allow her to be examined by a male doctor, the only doctor available at that time. A female doctor would not be there for two hours when her condition will be worst. What should the doctor do? As I am the only Muslim (I guess) in that small group, the supervisor asked my opinion. I said that the doctor must get her husband's permission. However, it is allowed in Islam, if she is in emergency situation to be examined by a male doctor. But again, the doctor must get her husband's permission. Am I right? Please comment on this. The supervisor then added, 'So, it's kind of cultural thing, not a religous thing?' I said 'umm...I think so..' The supervisor who is also a urology surgeon then told us about his experience in Saudi Arabia where a husband didn't allow an operation on his wife. I can't remember what happened to the wife, but again, I gave about the same opinion i.e the doctor cannot go against the husband's decision. Actually, I'm kind of scared if I make people confused about Islam, but at that time I just told them what I think is right. Please give me some advise about this.