Islam prohibits euthanasia?

Islamic scholars have generally prohibited the discontinuation of life support machines, since the Koran advises: "Don't throw yourself into death." Nabil Shaath, the Palestinian foreign minister, reacted violently to press reports yesterday that Palestinian officials had arrived in Paris to "pull the plug" on Arafat.

"We don't accept euthanasia," he said, Arafat "is in the hands of God."

How ironic. Apparently strapping on a bomb and blowing up a pizzaria isn't "throwing yourself into death" or taking life out of "the hands of God".



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