Islam Forbids Euthanizing Your Loved Ones, Still Pakistan Mercy Kills

Islam Forbids Euthanizing Your Loved Ones, Still Pakistan Mercy Kills

And take not life, which Allah has made sacred, except by way of justice and law.’ (VI: 151) – this is what Islam has to say about the concept of mercy killing or any other form of diminishing a life that the Almighty has created and shall take upon his own will.

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Euthanasia, the medical term, better known in society as ‘mercy-killing’, is a concept that has been around since humankind divided itself into tribes and families. The said term is used when a person has a medical illness that is incurable and is on his deathbed or nearing the end, and the process of ‘pulling the plug’ – terminating their life is used.

Although the Quran doesn’t openly say that mercy-killing is haram anywhere in black and white – Muslim scholars, according to their research and knowledge of the Holy Book have labeled it forbidden or haram – according to various fatwas from around the globe. The decision has been extracted through several verses of the Quran.

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Mercy-killing is one of the least spoken of taboos in our society.  Although there is no evidence in statistics of the rate of mercy-killing in our country, it is openly known that it is done regularly. However, mercy-killing is not only carried out when a patient authorizes their loved ones to pull the plug on them, in our society, the taboo is followed for various reasons.

The practice is pulled off on several occasions; if a person has been ill for many years, and their family is tired of caring for them through the difficult time – it is human nature, these thoughts do come across one’s mind – and mercy-killing is practiced when the family is waiting for the person to depart, so the division of property is decided by the successors.

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Other cases include when a person is on a ventilator and the family cannot afford to keep the patient alive on interim means, in their coma. The final verdict is usually decided with the consent of a majority of the family or affirmed on the elders’ decision.

However, Islam does allow passive-mercy-killing, which is in the case stated above, when the person is forcefully alive on a ventilator.

In either case, there are not many thoughts that disgust a person more than being the reason for a loved ones’ departure from this world. If it is not in the Quran, it is better to leave Allah as the Judge of our intentions and practices.

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