Dissecting cadavers for medicine students

Question 94Is it permissible for medical students to dissect cadavers? Does this necessitate performing Wudoo’ (ablution) or Ghusl (full ritual bath)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! The Council of Senior Scholars issued decree no. 47 dated 20/8/1396 A.H. Regarding the ruling on autopsy. It reads as follows: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon Last of the Prophets, Muhammad, and upon his family and Companions. To proceed:

In its 9th session held in Al-Taa’if in the month of Sha`baan, 1396 A.H., the Council of Senior Scholars has examined the letter no. 2/3231 of His Excellency the Minister of Justice, based on the letter of the under secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, no. 3/13446/2/1/34 dated 6/1/1395 A.H., attached by a copy of the note of the Malaysian Embassy in Jeddah including an inquiry about the opinion of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding performing a medical operation on the corpse of a dead Muslim for medical purposes... read more here.

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Doing researches for students in return for a sum of money

Question 50: I work in research library. Some middle and secondary school students come and ask me to do research for them on certain subjects or topics that their teacher has asked them to do, saying that they do not have the time or the references for the research. I do this research for them for a financial payment. However, some of the pious brothers have said to me that this is not permissible, as it is a kind of cheating. I asked some of the shaykhs and some of them told me that there is nothing wrong with it as long as the teachers know about it and grade the students accordingly, and also as long as these papers do not include any matters that contradict sound ‘Aqeedah (creed), and they are on subjects that are not related to the Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law), such as economics, administration, or other subjects. When I realized that there were differences of opinion on the matter between those who refuted it and said it was Haraam (prohibited) and those who supported it, I decided that it was obligatory for me to write to Your Eminence to ask for a Fatwaa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) on this matter to make sure that my income was Halaal (lawful).

Answer: Doing the research required by the teachers in government schools or elsewhere is schoolwork for the students, aiming at specific objectives, such as to train the students in research, acquaint them with the sources, learn the students’ ability in gathering information and organizing it, and other aims sought to be achieved by asking students to do research… read more here.