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Q. In contemporary medical surgery, cauterization is used. Cautery is the use of electric current (mono-polar or bipolar) to stop the bleeding of blood vessels during surgery. It is also used during telescopic surgery to coagulate larger blood vessels that feed organs like ovaries, uterus, gall bladder, appendix etc. after which organs are removed. In most cases, there are no alternatives. Is the use of contemporary cauterization in medical surgery permissible?
A. We have consulted doctors in this regard and we have concluded that the use of cauterization in contemporary medical practice is permissible. More so, in the case of there being no alternative to it for medical reasons. (Sharhu Maa’nil Aathaar 5/488)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
(Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh) 

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