Performing non-urgent surgery during Ramadan


Can I perform surgery that is not urgent during Ramadan for a patient upon his request that entails breaking his fast?


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If the surgery is not urgent and the patient is not harmed if it is delayed until after Ramadan, it is better to delay it in order to fast the complete month and absolve himself of liability. However, when a physician decides that the surgery is immediately needed and that delay exposes the patient to danger, he is allowed to perform the surgery and neither of them is guilty in this case, as there is a Sharee‘ah-approved excuse for not fasting.

Allah Knows best.

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