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* Doctors should do their best to preserve and protect the life of the patient (Hippocratic tradition).

* The Intention should be always pro-life and all actions should reflect that.

* Efforts should be made to return the patient to good health.

* Medical treatment is a human right for every patient. The best, most appropriate medical treatment should be given to patients along with the best nursing care.

* Food and fluid is a basic need for all people and is the right of every patient. It is not allowed to withdraw food and fluid any at time except when the body is in the process of dying and food and fluid can not be used by the body. Food and fluid is a basic need not medical treatment.

* No doctor should "play GOD and decide who should survive or who should die!" It is not for the doctors to make judgements about the quality of a patient’s life.

* Safe, effective pain killers can be used to alleviate any suffering.

* Children or Adults with disabilities have EQUAL rights to life and ethical medical treatment, like any other patient.

* It is forbidden for any doctor to take any step to hasten the death of the patient (active/passive euthanasia and assisted suicide are forbidden in Islam)

* Doctors should respect every patient as a human being, as well as his/her religious wishes.

During the dying process, it may by right to withhold medical treatment but palliative care, i.e. keeping the patient comfortable and pain free, should always be given.



* To look for the appropriate safe effective treatment, because we are taught that for every disease there is a cure.

* GOD Almighty is the real HEALER, doctors and medicine are the necessary means for getting the healing!

* The Moment of death has been fixed only by the Creator (natural death).

* Medical treatment allowed in Islam should be (Halal/permissible), except in emergency when there is no substitute or replacement.

* Patience and Tolerance of one's illness and suffering are great Islamic virtues and are highly rewarded by GOD. (Angels are surrounding the patient).

* It is forbidden to hasten your own death or to take any suicidal step or to ask the doctor or any one to end your life.

* Living Wills (death wills) are forbidden in Islam. However it is a duty on every Muslim to write early and in advance the Will with regards to inheritance.

* Prayers and Spiritual support are to be encouraged as we believe they are effective in reducing suffering and curing the illness.

* Visiting the sick patient is highly recommended and is highly rewarded by GOD

* Care from the patient’s family, social support, and hospice care are to be encouraged all the times


Dr A.Majid Katme(MBBCh,DPM)
Spokesman: Islamic Medical Association/UK

Tel: 07944 240 622













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