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Euthanasia is the deliberate ending of someone’s life for compassionate reasons because they are suffering. Many Muslims believe life is sacred and only Allah can give life and take life away.
What does 'euthanasia' mean?
Making the dying suffer
Gentle and easy death
What does English law say about euthanasia?
Euthanasia is illegal
Euthanasia is legal in some circumstances
Euthanasia is legal
What is active euthanasia?
Active euthanasia is when support or medical treatment is removed to allow a person to die
Active euthanasia is when the dying person requests it
Active euthanasia is when something is deliberately done to bring about death
What is a hospice?
Hospice is another word for hospital
A hospice is where dying people go to be cared for until natural death
A hospice is where dying people go to receive euthanasia
What is 'the slippery slope' argument?
If you allow euthanasia, you will increase the dignity of life
If you allow voluntary euthanasia, it could lead eventually to involuntary euthanasia
If you allow euthanasia, doctors will have too much power
What is meant by 'self-determination'?
People can decide for themselves what to do with their lives
The government tells people what to do
Other people make decisions for you
What do Muslims mean when they say that life is sacred?
That life has no special value
That life is short and meaningless
That life is a gift from Allah and should be treated as special
What are the consequences for Muslims who allow euthanasia?
They will be pardoned, as Allah is compassionate
They will go to Paradise
They will go to Hell
Can Muslims allow euthanasia if someone is in extreme pain?
Euthanasia is allowed if a dying person is in extreme pain or distress
It is the individual's choice
Euthanasia is never acceptable
Why might some Muslims allow passive euthanasia?
All forms of euthanasia are against Islam
Some Muslims might allow passive euthanasia if medication or life support machines are keeping a dying person alive longer than Allah intended
They are against the use of modern technology to keep a person alive