Many Muslims believe life is sacred and only Allah can give life and take life away. This has an impact on Muslim attitudes to both abortion and euthanasia.
What does sanctity of human life mean?
All human life is limited
All human life is precious
All human life is sacred
What is an abortion?
The live birth of a baby
The deliberate prevention of conception
The removal of a foetus before it can survive independently
What does 'euthanasia' mean?
Making the dying suffer
Gentle and easy death
What is ensoulment?
When the soul enters the foetus
When a soul is taken away
When a woman is unable to get pregnant
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
In Islam, what does 'the lesser of two evils' mean with regard to abortion?
If both the mother and the foetus are at risk, it is valid to save the mother at the expense of the unborn child
If both the mother and the foetus are at risk, it is best to save neither
Where is the Muslim teaching about the sanctity of human life found?
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
What does quality of life mean?
How long a person is alive for
The extent to which life has pleasure and meaning
The physical abilities a person has in old age
Why do Muslims believe human life is sacred?
Because all human beings have emotion
Because all human beings have an individual soul
Because all human beings have intelligence