Give up Pain; Rest In Peace
– Muhammad Aadil Liaquat
Have you ever seen any of your closed one, friend or a relative in deep pain and suffering due to illness or a disease?
If yes, you would definitely want them to get rid of that pain howsoever, but the medicines are of little or no use, the doctors have give up and it’s just a matter of time when their soul is going be detached from their body. In that case one can only pray to God and ask, to lessen their misery and make it easy for them, “Ya Allah in k liye asaaniyan paida farmayain” (O God, make it easy for them) what we commonly say in that situation.
One question that generally arises in such situation is that can we take their life and give them a less painful death when we know that they would eventually die sooner or later but their pain is agonizing. For many of us this thought can be terrifying, but around the world a practice known as “Euthanasia” is being implemented and followed, however many of us are oblivion to it.
Euthanasia also known as mercy killing and referred to as assisted killing in legal terms, is an act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die specially when someone is suffering from an incurable disease.
The impact of euthanasia has been a matter of considerable debate and many different claims have been made in different contexts around the globe. Albania, Belgium, Netherlands, Oregon, Switzerland, and Luxembourg are few of the countries where euthanasia has been legalized. There are many reasons favoring euthanasia thus putting it into practice would help alleviate suffering of terminally ill patients however some consider that it devalues a human life. In case of a suffering from an incurable and a chronic disease, the patient should be given the liberty to choose induced death and this decision must not be given in someone else’s hands at any cost or circumstance.
In contrary to the above if the same practice becomes ubiquitously available there would be less or no need for medical care & doctors and it would cause decline in the amount of sale of the medicines leading to a huge distress for the big pharmaceutical companies. A major question that is asked is about the limits and boundaries that need to be defined before a certain practice can be allowed for the general public to follow.
Taking life to escape suffering is not acceptable in Islam, according to Islam human life is sacred and has to be respected unconditionally, valued and protected irrespective of what the circumstances are. During the time of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) amidst one of the military campaigns one of the companions got killed, the other companions kept on praising the gallantry of that man but to their surprise Prophet Muhammad (PHUH) said, “His lot is Hell”. Upon inquiry the companions found out that the man had been seriously injured so he supported the handle of his sword on the ground and plunged his chest onto its tip, committing suicide (what we now call as escaping painful death).
Reference: (Al-Bukhari – XXIII, 446, Yousuf and Fauzi 2012: 65-66)
Euthanasia is often considered as subliminal as it kind of allows one person to take the life of another person however I believe the right to decide must only remain in the hands of the affected that too under extreme position. Give up pain, Rest In Peace.