The second question of Fatwa no. 8863:
Q 2: What is your opinion on attending medical seminars, bearing in mind that such seminars are very important for female doctors so that they may know the latest medical discoveries and that sometimes female doctors have to deliver lectures before male doctors?
A: Attending medical seminars is very important for both male and female doctors. However, there has to be no free mixing of the sexes in such seminars so as to avoid mutual attraction and thus avert immorality. Anyway, both the medical benefit and avoiding free mixing of the sexes can be maintained through holding male-specific as well as female-specific seminars. Shortcomings resulting from doing so may be redressed through publishing the minutes of both sexes specific seminars and composing treatises and articles to be published through different mass media. As such, benefits may be reaped while the society will be safe from the harmful effects of free mixing of the sexes.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
|Committee Deputy Chairman||The Chairman|
|`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify||`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz|