Islamic cleric calls for training of more female Muslim gynaecologists

A Tamale-based Islamic scholar and leader of Islam in Life Propagation, a humanitarian organization, Sheikh Mohammed Awal Napari has challenged Muslims to prioritise female education, particularly in the area of medicine to increase the number of female Muslim doctors in the country.

Sheikh Napari, who was speaking on Radio Tamale 91.7 FM, Monday May 21, 2018, said the situation where male doctors attended to women who reported to hospitals with gynecological conditions was not ideal in Islam hence the need for female gynaecologists to salvage the situation.

“If the wife of any Muslim goes to the hospital with a gynecological disorder, it is a man who will treat her, but Allah says it is not proper for a man to see the nakedness of a woman. What are we (Muslims) doing to solve this problem?” he quizzed.

The renowned Islamic scholar wondered why after 61 years of independence Muslims cannot have separate hospitals for males and females as recommended by Islam.

He also lamented the attitude of the staff at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) which he described as appalling and charged them to be professional in the discharge of their duties.

“Just visit the TTH. For you to have your attendance card is a big problem,” he added.

Sheikh Napari chastised Islamic scholars and traditional leaders in the Northern region for not doing enough to alleviate the plight of the underprivileged in society.

According to him, chiefs and Islamic scholars in the region have what it takes to help lift the downtrodden from their predicament.

He therefore urged them to “wake up from their slumber” and invest in the youth of the area to secure the future of the next generation.

“Among our scholars, which of them is poor? Among our chiefs, which of them is not well to do? But how do they use their wealth to help society?” he asked

The Islamic cleric called on the people of the region not to allow politics and chieftaincy disputes to hold them back from achieving their purpose in life.

He called on philanthropists to support Islam in life propagation which currently takes care of about 1773 orphans in the region.

By: Yahaya Masahudu,

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