In the United Kingdom,there are about two million British
muslims,including 30 000 muslim doctors and health professionals
and many hundred of muslim lawyers and solicitors;
They all,with all the muslim patients,have a clear united
view against any intentional ending of the life of any
patient,whatever means or way,direct or indirect,active
or passive,by commission or omission,or by depriving patients
of their basic human rights to food,fluid and life saving
We British muslims would like in particular to submit
to you,our strong opposition to your Lord Joffe's Bill(Assisted
Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill);
Our strong opposition is based on our religious beliefs
which prohibit any step to end any one's life,even if
the patient request that.
Life is SACRED,and only our Almighty GOD,the Creator of
all,has the RIGHT and the POWER and the PLAN to end any
one's life,especially the patient and the old or the so
This is why all types of Euthanasia(whether direct or
indirect,active or passive,by action or by omission) are
prohibited by all Holy Scriptures,for the BEST INTEREST
of the patient,for the BEST INTEREST of the medical profession
and for the BEST INTEREST of the society
GOD Almighty has said in the final Holy Book AL QUR'AN:
In the Name of GOD,the Most Compassionate,the Most Merciful
-"GOD/ALLAH TAKES THE SOUL AT THE TIME OF THEIR DEATH,AND
THOSE THAT DIED DURING THEIR SLEEP..."(Chapter 39,verse
-"AND(/GOD) IS THE ONE WHO GAVE YOU LIFE,THEN SHALL
HE ORDAIN YOU TO DIE,THEN SHALL HE GIVE YOU YOUR LIFE
AGAIN,TRULY MANKIND IS UNGRATEFUL.."
(Chapter 22,verse 66)
-"DO NOT KILL YOURSELVES,FOR VERILY ALLAH HAS BEEN
TO YOU MOST MERCIFUL"
(Chapter 4,verse 29)
-"...TAKE NOT LIFE WHICH GOD/ALLAH HAS MADE SACRED"
(Chapter 6,verse 151)..
We would like now to go through the Bill in order to give
you our observation/critical remarks regarding many of
the issues raised in the Bill,especially as we discovered
many MISLEADING DECEIVING TERMS!;
FIRST: ASSISTED DYING?
This is not true...because the patient is not dying as
such,but the Bill/doctor will end the life of a living
patient,there is no natural dying process..because when
the natural dying process do occur,there will be no one
on earth able to stop it.,and there will be no need for
Assisted dying is in practice:assisted suicide..and this
is criminal to do that.
A patient has the RIGHT FOR BEST TREATMENT BUT HE/SHE
HAS NO RIGHT TO BE KILLED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE MEDICAL
DOCTOR..and there is no such thing as:RIGHT TO DIE..because
GOD Almighty has started and created the life of the patient
and He only himself has the RIGHT to end the life ofthe
patient according to HIS TIME/PLAN.
The right to die in fact is blasphemous.!
SECOND: TERMINALLY ILL?
There could be some patients who are considered"Terminally
ill",but they are not going to die soon,as thought
by some doctors..and many survive for long and almost
Besides medical technology and treatment are moving very
fast today..and some new treatment could be discovered..(for
us:muslims,we do believe that for every disease there
is a cure).
So the case is not hopeless at all!
THIRD:MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO DIE?
This is deceiving too..! as the assistance is given to
someone who is alive and not dying as such.
We better be honest with ourselves and say clearly:
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO END DELIBERATELY A LIFE...MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE TO KILL???
the word: TO DIE is very misleading indeed
We have to admit that many patients are vulnerable and
feel under pressure sometimes to get out of this life,here
we badly need to address the family and social and medical
need and support to these patients.
Also,some patients,sometimes,do suffer from subclinical
depression,and many doctors do miss the diagnosis! here
one does need to treat the hidden depression and not the
desire to die.
(I am saying that as a qualified psychatrist).
Muslim doctors will definetely have CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION
to get involved in any life ending/killing to any patient,not
only that but,they will have also CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION
to do the simple referral to other doctor,as it is still
criminal for us to do that too.
No doubt this Bill also will open the door for any suicidal
patient without been" terminally ill"
or in a difficult temporal patch of his/her life or suffering,to
ask to be killed by the doctorr!
We doctors ,all over the world,have been educated and
"programmed" to protect and save life all the
times,except those in the natural dying process,but now
this Bill is going to cause a SCHIZOID/SPLIT in our personalities
,when we start ending deliberately the life of our patients(KILLING)...no
doubt the trust between the patients and the doctors will
be affected too.
To legalise this Bill,no doubt,will open the door to
new thousands doctors,like Dr Shipman,the serial killer...!
Not only that but,many relatives will conspire and pressurise
the vulnerable patient to be killed,merely for financial
interest and for inheritance..! we should not be surprised
if some doctors get involved too in the medical game of
We are also concerned about the members of our muslim/asian
communities who are often vulnerable because of language
difficulties and cultural differences when their rights
will be jeopardised!.
This Bill will take us away also from doing proper medical
researches into the causes of dementia,cancer and many
Not only the British muslims( The Muslim Council of Britain,Muslim
Doctors and Dentists Association as well as the Islamic
Medical Association) do oppose this Bill,but our Christian
and Catholic friends as stated by many of their leaders...
as well as our Jewish friends,as stated lately on 6th
May by the Chief Rabbi Mr Jonathan Sacks ,all are opposing
the Bill completely.
Also: The Royal College of General Practitioners,the
Royal College of Nursing,the Association for Palliative
Medicine,the National Group of Palliative Care Nurse Consultants
and recently,the Royal College of Psychiatrists expressed
their deep concern regarding any change in the law!
Life is a great GIFT from the Creator..and it is a pity
that the doctors are going to take it out from the innocent
vulnerable patients,instead of respecting life and the
Finally, on behalf of all the British muslims,we would
like to appeal to ALL LORDS/Baroness to WITHDRAW THIS
DEADLY BILL(LORD JOFFE's BILL)....
which is against GOD,all Holy Scriptures(Islamic,Christians,Jewish..)
and against good medical practice !
It is very inhumane and criminal too when our doctors
become KILLERS or the means to kill their weak vulnerable
Dr A.Majid Katme (MBBCh,DPM)
Spokesman:Islamic Medical Association/UK