Is Euthanasia Permissible?

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Musleh Khan

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Shaykh Musleh addresses the permissibility of euthanasia (intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain or suffering)

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Salam, alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh brothers and sisters, Today let's talk about euthanasia. Or by definition, it's also referred to as mercy killing. Now, what is this all talking about? It sounds so vicious right off the bat. Basically this, some countries around the world have permitted doctors to instill or inject a patient that has been suffering from some sort of life threatening disease or ailment, there's no cure for it. And eventually, that disease will eventually take the life of that patient. So why not just make a long story short, inject them with some sort of ingredient and causes them to just sort of die. Now this option has been presented even at a

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government level to some countries around the world. And this option is there for the patient where literally, the doctor will seek your permission to inject you with this, and in your life is over. Why? I mean, for several reasons, some of it is political, and some of it is just really up to you. Now, the confusion here is or at least the problem with that is the Islamic perspective from that many have been asking, Is this permissible or not? Now, there's two ways to look at this issue. Number one, is the permissibility side of it. And yes, there is a permissibility side of it, how now I want you to think about somebody who has literally reached a 90 or 100 years old, technically, in

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this day and age, that's the average sort of lifespan of an individual, or at least the maximum that they can ever reach. I mean, usually people don't live that very long. And when they do, you can pretty much expect that at some point very soon that their life could be over, they have lived a full and complete life. Now if this person at that age of 90 or 100 years old, like very, very, very old, has been afflicted with some kind of cancer or a disease that is affecting their life. Now, what scholars advice here is you especially a Muslim, should always remember that when you leave this world, there is another world to get to there is an asset of life, don't lose sight of that. So

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this is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was talking about the people at one point, they would be so attached to this world, they won't leave it. And they would forget that there's actually another life awaiting them. So the permissibility side of this is that somebody in this state, if they should at least be advised, or at least think about that, look, at Hamdulillah, I've lived a very long life. And if I continue to take this treatments, and to take all of the medical attention that I need to survive, it's a huge strain. It's a huge burden. It's so difficult for me to maintain, I can't go to the washroom myself, I can't feed myself, I depend on somebody else. And

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that kind of hardship is there for other people, and I myself may not have those resources. So here's a possibility. Some scholars some m&ms, I'm sure you all of them have said Well, in this case, here, you have a decision to make. Now, I want you to give you one beautiful example of a great scholar who passed away in the early 90s ship Mohammed slot a hell of a thing, you know, to him a whole lot. Now he as you all know, when you look at pictures of him, he had a big, beautiful white beard. But at the same time, he was also diagnosed with cancer. And he told the doctors, I don't want to take chemo because I want to leave this world with some kind of honor. And at least

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have the beard on my face, because you know, with chemo will remove all the facial hair from you. So he left he stuck with it. He left the beard and he didn't take the chemo treatment. And eventually that sickness eventually led him to his death. And again, his focus was the asset or he wanted to just focus that this was where his priority is going. So he left it at that. So that's one way of looking at the issue. Here's the other side of the issue. And this is where the majority opinion lies. And that is euthanasia is hot on why? Number one, we have not been given the right to decide when our lives shouldn't. It's just it's just literally as simple as that Elon never told you look,

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at some point, you can decide here's when it's all done. So that's the first issue. The second issue is brothers and sisters, we don't know if one Vicar one stuff federal law, one La ilaha illAllah could be the one that could have that Allah accepts from you and removes all of your sins. So the longer you stay alive, the focus should be because I want to worship a lot more and more not. I want to just see my kids through college, not because I want to enjoy life a little bit more. Not I haven't traveled to these countries. So I want to just travel, it should be a theater.

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I want to continue praying, I want to continue praying to God. I want to just keep building the scale of good deeds so that when I confront Allah, at least that scale will outweigh the scale of bad deeds. That's the focus that should push you to

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Want to stay alive more and more and more as much as possible? At least it's emphasized if you're in this situation. So that's the second way of looking at the impermissibility side of it. The third and last point here brothers and sisters is really understanding Allah subhanho wa Taala is in charge. So you're at your job is Allah azza wa jal tells you that this body is for you, and he expects you to take care of it stay healthy, eat right? Well, so what are called Fasano soracom, he fashion you and he gave you the perfect image, the perfect look, you are beautiful the way you are, try to survive and protect and take care of that as best as you can. And let Allah subhanho wa Taala

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work his plan for you. Let your life take its course and it will end whenever it decides to end. The point is, is that when you're in a situation like this, where you're given this choice by the doctors or anyone else, just understand, look at the opportunities, look at the opportunity for you to seek a lust, forgiveness and look at the opportunity to make the last moments of your life the best moments of your life so that when you meet Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala will forgive you and enter you in his gender. The conclusion to this short discussion, brothers and sisters is that there really isn't one that can tell you that one is better than the other or one is permissible, one

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isn't permissible. These are two solid opinion scholars have these are two solid opinions that they that scholars have proved that with evidence etc. So you really have to decide, really have to decide what the circumstance is and what is the most appropriate choice for that individual at that time, understand and realize that you want to leave this world but if they let atalla with some kind of dignity and honor, that dignity could be physical or that dignity could simply be the words that the court or the court etc that you choose to say. So having said that, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for all of you. Just like hello haven said I'm ready for more October.