But it won’t help you die. I was thinking about Islam and assisted dying when the news came in that the brave and funny Governor of the Punjab had been killed by his police bodyguard, because of the Governor’s stance on Pakistan’s medieval blasphemy law. So I did a perfunctory search to find out what the Islam which stones women and kills blasphemers thinks about assisted dying. The answer is no. The Islam which prompted a man to pump 26 rounds from his Kalashnikov into the Governor’s back, won’t help you die if you are dying in intolerable pain. Life, you see, is sacred!
You might say it wasn’t Islam that motivated him. But why should we say this? The man was defending a law of his country which says that it’s okay to kill blasphemers. Did the Governor not blaspheme simply by opposing this law? I say it was Islam that motivated his killer. Muslim leaders throughout Pakistan were calling for Governor Taseer’s head. One of the faithful answered the call. Anyway, his killer says that’s why he killed him.
Religion is like that. It is based on beliefs which are completely without foundation, and which are, therefore, simply random occurrences. It is used, without predictability, to support completely bizarre social and political arrangements. It motivates people to perform acts of the most absurd personal abnegation at the same time that others are prompted by the same beliefs to acts of incredibly brutal and inhuman cruelty. And then, despite the evidence of millennia of experience, and sacred texts replete with violence, we are told, with every evidence of sincerity, that religion is about love and compassion, and the mind simply weeps!
So I looked, as I mentioned a moment ago, for something about Islam and assisted dying, and the first site that I came upon included this.
Marian, from the United States, asks:
I was just wondering (I’m not a doctor or anything) if euthanasia (mercy killing) is allowed in Islam. I think that if someone is enduring blinding pain and doesn’t really have much time to live (2 or 3 months), the doctor should kill that person and end his/her misery. What do you think? Is Euthanasia allowed in Islam?
The Muslim Agony Aunt at Islam.net, answers:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.Dear questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.Euthanasia, in modern terminology, refers to facilitating the death of an incurable patient at his own pressing request presented to the treating physicians. There are various types of euthanasia and each type has its own ruling. However, all Muslim scholars agree that killing a person to reduce his pain or suffering from sickness is not allowed in Islam. Having said this, we can say that if a number of medical experts decide that there is no hope for a certain patient to recover, then it could be permissible for them to stop the medication.