yesterday the nurse came up to me and asked:
'white african, you know in your Arabic religion, does it say anything about opposite genders not being allowed to touch?'
to which i asked her:
to which she said:
'well this Arabic guy came in to see me for a blood test, and when he saw me he asked me to put gloves on, not the normal ones but the thick gloves because he didn't want me to touch him, is that true?'
now, we rarely get cases like this, but occasionally some one will come in and make peoples lives more difficult including there own life.
one time this guy came in and saw the nurse for a travel vaccination, it was a different nurse, and when she tried to inject him, he jumped back and said to her:
'could you please not touch me'
now how in the world was she going to inject him without touching him, i think he expected her to use some sort of sling back device or one of those tranquilizer guns.
she explained to him that it was extremely difficult to do this as she has to pinch the skin in order to inject him, but he refused but at the same time he said he has to have this injection, and obviously a fight erupted.
the nurse was extremely offended and she took it personally, and she refused to ever see him again, and she genuinely believed that he had an issue with woman and in her eyes she took it to mean that she was dirty or offensive to him and that was why he didn't want her to touch him.
well we sat her down and explained to her and the doctor even went as far as to say that the man didn't want her to touch him because he respects her greatly and only her husband has the right to touch her lol, she actually took it well and was even happy with this explanation loool.
this nurse was saying that she can understand the whole touchy touchy thing but in matters of medicine and when its necessary then why not? and she's right, its not even a hand shake or a pat on the head, or even a kiss on the cheek, its taking out blood, or injecting some sort of vaccination, and even then its a matter of seconds.
why is it when Islam gives us a rukhsa (licence) we still refuse it and make our lives more difficult when there is no need whatsoever.