A girl has health issues that require physiotherapy. The GP has said that the waiting list to see a physio is very long (few months). Privately seeing a physio will cost at least £40 a session which she is unable to afford. If she takes out health insurance for just two months, it will provide her with an initial consultation which will determine what the problem is. It will also cover 6-8 sessions of physiotherapy. This will cost £20 a month. Is it permissible to take this health insurance out for this period?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The default position in relation to medical insurance is impermissibility, due to the prohibited elements therein. [1]

Nonetheless, if there is a genuine need, whereby there is significant harm to one’s health and one is genuinely unable to afford private medical treatment, then taking such medical insurance will be permitted, based on need. [2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best.
Mufti Mubasshir Ahmed
2 Rabi Al-Aa’khir 1443 / 7 November 2021

Concurred by: Abdullah Desai | Annas Shah
Approved by: Mufti Tahir Wadee| Mufti Yusuf Ilolvi

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وأحل الله البيع وحرم الربا
[Qur’an Al-Kareem, Surah Al-Baqarah – Ayah 275]

يا أيها الذين امنوا اتقوا الله وذروا ما بقي من الربا إن كنتم مؤمنين
[Qur’an Al-Kareem, Surah Al-Baqarah – Ayah 278]

فإن لم تفعلوا فأذنوا بحرب من الله ورسوله
[Qur’an Al-Kareem, Surah Al-Baqarah – Ayah 279]

عن جابر، قال: لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم اكل الربا وموكله وكاتبه وشاهديه وقال هم سواء
Muslim – 1598]

يا ايها الذين امنوا انما الخمر والميسر والانصاب والازلام رجس من عمل الشيطان فاجتنبوه لعلكم تفلحون
[Qur’an Al-Kareem, Surah Al-Ma’idah – Ayah 90]

وهو حرام بالنص القمار
[Radd al-Muhtar ala ad-Durr al-Mukhtar, 6/403, HM Saeed]

Also see:
[Fatawa Mahmoodiyyah, 16/387-340; Takmilah Fath al-Mulhim, 1/320; Ahsan al-Fatawa, 7/24-5]
For a detailed discussion see: [Islam aur jaded ma`ashee masa`il, 3:307-19, Idarah Islamiyaat]

عن أبي هريرة قال نهي رسول الله عن بيع الحصاة وعن بيع الغرر
[Sahih Muslim – 3170]

بيع الغرر كله فاسد
[Muwatta Bi Riwayah Muhammad, 775]

الضرورات تبيح المحظورات
[Al-Ashbah wal-Naza’ir, 152, Dar al-Fikr]
[Al-Taqrir wal-Tahbir, 3/264]

يجوز للمحتاج الاستقراض بالربح
[Al-Ashbah wal-Naza’ir]

قوله: يجوز للمحتاج الاستقراض بالربح، وذلك نحو أن يقترض عشرة دنانير مثلا، ويجعل لربها شيئا معلوما في كل يوم ربحا
[Ghamz Uyun al-Basa’ir, 1/294, DKI]

ما أبيح للضرورة يقدر بقدرها
[Al-Ashbah wal-Naza’ir, 152, Dar al-Fikr]

سوال: موجودہ زمانہ میں بیمہ کرانا اپنا یا دوکان اور موٹر وغیرہ کا کیسا ہے؟ الجواب : بیمہ میں سود بھی ہے اور جوا بھی، یہ دونوں چیزیں شرعا ممنوع ہیں، لیکن اگر کوئی شخص ایسے مقام پر اور ایسے ماحول میں ہو کہ بغیر بیمہ کرائے جان ومال کی حفاظت ہی نہ ہوسکتی ہو یا قانونی مجبوری ہو تو بیمہ کرانا درست ہے
[Fatāwa Mahmūdiyyah, 16/387-388 – Jamiah Farūqiyyah]
[Mahmūd al-Fatāwa, 6/146 – Maktabah Mahmūdiyyah]

عنوان: ہیلتھ انشورنس، جواب: ہاں البتہ خطرناک مرض پیش آچکا ہے، اور اس کا علاج بڑی رقم کے بغیر نہیں ہوسکتا اور مریض کے پاس اس کا انتظام نہیں ہے، اور نہ ہی اس کو بغیر سود کے قرض حسن مل پایا ہے تو ایسی صورت میں سود پر قرض لے کر اپنا علاج کرنے کی گنجائش ہے؛ لیکن یہ بات بھی خوب سوچ لیں کہ اس قرض کی اداۓ گی سے پہلے سود نہ بڑھنے پاۓ، جس کا ادا کرنا انتہائی دشوارکن ہو۔
[Fatawa Qasmiyyah, 20/482, Ashrafiyyah]