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|When death becomes
inevitable, as determined by a team of physicians including critical care
physicians, the patient should be allowed to die without unnecessary
procedures. While all ongoing medical treatments can be continued, no
further or new attempts should be made to sustain artificial life support.
If the patient is on mechanical support, this can be withdrawn.
The patient should be treated with full respect, comfort measures and pain control. No attempt should be made to withhold nutrition and hydration. In such cases, if and when the feeding tube has been withdrawn it may not be reinserted. The patient should be allowed to die peacefully and comfortably. However, no attempt should be made to enhance the dying process in patients on life support.
IMANA is absolutely opposed to euthanasia and assisted suicide in terminally ill patients by healthcare providers or by patient’s relatives. Suicide and euthanasia are prohibited in Islam (Qur’ān, 17:33).