Last updated on: 11/20/2009 | Author:

Heydar Shadi, MA Biography

PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at Erfurt University (Germany)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“Islamic jurisprudence, based on a convincing interpretation of the holy Koran, does not recognize a person’s right to die voluntarily. The Islamic arguments against euthanasia can be summarized in two main reasons: 1 – Life is sacred and euthanasia and suicide are not included among the reasons allowed for killing in Islam. And 2 – Allah decides how long each of us will live and two verses support this reason…

As a conclusion we can say that the Islamic position is that life belongs to Allah. It is He who gives and takes away life. No human can give or take it. Muslims are against euthanasia. They believe that all human life is sacred because it is given by Allah, and that Allah chooses how long each person will live. Human beings should not interfere in this.”

Cowritten with Kiarash Aramesh, MD, “Euthanasia: An Islamic Ethical Perspective,” Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Feb. 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Lecturer in Philosophy and Islamic Thought, Jami` University, 2004-2007
  • Lecturer in Philosophy and Islamic Thought, Bioethics Institute of Tehran University, 2003-2007
  • Researcher, Research Center of Iranian Radio & TV Organization, 2002-2003
  • PhD candidate, Islamic Studies, Erfurt University (Germany)
  • MA, Tehran University, 2003
  • BA, Mofid University, 2000
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