I recently had my first appointment with my new Physician. During the appointment he did not examine me except for taking my pulse (all of my past docs checked my thyroid with their hands at each visit because of my medical history) and then refused my handshake at the end of our visit. He let me know that it was against his religion to touch the opposite gender in a social situation. Now I feel confused about how to feel. I am very open-minded and believe in freedom of religion. But I am concerned about the quality of care I may receive from a physician who's religion restricts touching the opposite gender. As a Muslim Physician in America shouldn't he adapt to our cultures? If not, why work in the medical field in this country? I do know that a male Muslim physician will treat a female patient if another trusted female is present in the room and only if a female Muslim or a female non-Muslim Physician is not available. I feel like he should not be able and pick and choose aspects of the religion to suit himself (there was not a female present in the exam room during my appointment). I did not consider my appointment with him a social call, it was purely professional. I was happy with all other aspects of the appointment. He seemed to be very knowledgeable and found an issue that many other's have overlooked. I would like to continue our professional relationship but can't help feeling very uncomfortable with his religious restrictions. I do not want to be involved in the breaking of rules and I would not want him to have to ask for forgiveness in order to make a living within my American culture. I just would not feel right about it knowing what I do know about the religious law of Islam. Please advise.

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Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

if it is not a social situation and it was a professional situation he can touch u where ur medical situation demands it but yes he can't shake hands , if u can't have someone to come with u then he should have a nurse in the room, but he not wanting to check u if u need there is no religious reason in that and has nothing to do with culture ,he can check u.

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