The Muslim Faith and Ethical Issues: Questions to My Muslim Visitors
I would like to pose the following questions to my visitors and who come to this blog from Muslim countries so that we all can learn and understand how bioethical issues are looked upon by people in their countries who are of Muslim faith. Muslim visitors to my blog who lives within the United States are also certainly welcome to write but also tell us how you see your views as similar or different from those of your faith in other countries. I assume that some of the views taken for granted within the American bioethics may be quite different in other countries. I think those of us not of the Muslim faith would like to know. ..Maurice.
SOME QUESTIONS (answer any or all):
1) What is the view of stem cell research and human cloning? How about simply animal cloning? How about the manipulating the genes of plants used for food?
2) How is invitro fertilization looked upon: taking the egg of a woman and mixing it with the husband’s sperm and then inserting it into that woman’s womb so that a child might be created in a couple who otherwise were unable to normally have a child? What if the husband was sterile and the woman was fertilized by a sperm of another man to create a child for the husband and wife?
3) How does the Muslim faith look at the possibility of adoption of a child?
4) How about organ donation to a needy patient from a live donor? How about organ donation to a needy patient from a newly deceased donor?
5) Should hydration and nutrition be continued in a patient who is in a permanent vegetative state (permanently in a unconscious state, apparently unaware and not reactive to the external environment)?
6) Should a conscious patient who understands his or her medical condition have the right to order that life-sustaining treatment (like a mechanical ventilator) be turned off even though it will cause the death of the patient)?
7) Is euthanasia (physician, responding to a patient’s request and causing the patient to die) permissible? Is suicide permissible? Would physician assisted suicide as practiced in Oregon and Washington (physician writing a prescription for a lethal dose of drug which the patient can fill and take if they desire at their own time) be allowed by the Muslim faith?
8) Is medical research using animals which may be killed for the research studies permissible? Are certain animals protected from such use?
9) Is it ethical for a physician and a patient to have a romantic relationship while the patient is still under the physician’s care?
10) Should the doctor tell “bad news” to the patient (such as cancer or a fatal illness)? If not, to whom? A family member?
ADDENDUM 12-16-2009: You may be interested in a new thread I put up today titled "Suicide: Views of Christianity and Islam".