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Islamic Principles on Health and Death

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1.What is the Islamic philosophy concerning health and well-being?
2. Does Islam have any dietary restrictions?
3.Does Islam have a history of traditional or herbal medicine?
4. Are there treatments or medications, which are refused by Muslims?
5. What is the Islamic position on the blood transfusions, Organ transplant/organ donation, Sexual enhancing drugs (i.e., Viagra), Birth Control, Abortion, Euthanasia, and Autopsies.
6. What should a healthcare professional know about a Muslim's view of death?

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By responding to the six questions, this solution examines the Islamic principles on health and death.

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The following answers are from one source (Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, a practicing Muslim and family physician at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Toronto, Ontario).


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1.What is the Islamic philosophy concerning health and well-being?

Historically, Muslim physicians and scientists made major healthcare discoveries long before they were realized in the West. In combination with the will of God, Muslims believe that physicians have the power to heal. The Koran states that for every illness there is a cure, so it is the challenge of healthcare professionals to search for those cures. The Koran also gives explicit instructions for living hygienically, including habits like tooth brushing, exercising, breast-feeding, and hand washing. There is a high respect for healthcare professionals in the faith - physicians are considered to be God's agents of healing and nurses to be the helpers of doctors. Muslim's also believe that healthcare is holistic.

As well as differences in opinion between religious leaders, there may be different approaches to healthcare between the Sunni and Shia sects.

2. Does Islam have any dietary restrictions?

Muslims follow the Halaal diet, which prohibits the consumption of pork and alcohol. Also, there is a traditional diet that advises one-third food, one-third water, and one-third air, as a form of dietary moderation. Today, not ...

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