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The right to die via euthanasia: an expository study of the Shari‘ah and laws in selected jurisdictions

Ansari, Abdul Haseeb and Sambo, A.O. and Abdulkadir, A.B. (2012) The right to die via euthanasia: an expository study of the Shari‘ah and laws in selected jurisdictions. Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, 6 (5). pp. 673-681. ISSN 1995-0772

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The right to die, which prominently includes euthanasia with consent, is one of the issues that have been subject of intense debate over times. It has been a pertinent issue in human rights discourse as it also affects ethical issues pertaining to doctors. The reason is because the right to life, which represents the most significant aspect of human rights, appears to be in conflict with the right to die. It is notable here that right to life does not include right to die. The paper analyses the development, types and the legal and ethical debates concerning both the types of euthanasia. From there, it makes an expository study of the concept in the Shari‘ah and in selected jurisdictions, and suggests that euthanasia should be allowed only in exceptional situations. While deciding on formulating a law prescribing these exceptional situations and enforcing the law, all aspects of euthanasia – medical, social, economic, ethical and legal – have to be taken into consideration. Law should have punitive measures for preventing misuse of the law. Key words: Right to die, Euthanasia, Right to life, Life support system, Human rights

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1526/27518
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Depositing User: Professor Abdul Haseeb Ansari
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 15:17
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2014 08:17
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/27518

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