Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahumatullahi Wa Barakatuh.
May the Peace and the Blessing of God be Upon you
FIANZ, the voice of New Zealand’s Muslim community since 1979, is opposed to euthanasia and the End of Life Choice Bill.
We give voice to our concerns on behalf of our community.
As New Zealand Muslims, we are worried that the vulnerability of our community members could be exploited if euthanasia
is legalised by Parliament.
Islam considers all human life sacred. Life is to be protected and promoted and not terminated prematurely. It is
neither permissible in Islam to kill another human being, nor even to kill one’s own self. God Says, “Do not take life,
which God made sacred…” (Qur'an 17:33), and “Nor kill (or destroy) yourselves...” (Qur'an 4:29-30).
As a community we implore our elected democratic Ministers of Parliament to join us to also oppose euthanasia – and to
instead focus our efforts on how to better support and care for every New Zealander. It is not for us or doctors to kill
or aid others in destroying themselves.
Our predominantly immigrated community will be made vulnerable under the proposed bill. We outline seven key areas of
concern for your consideration:
1. Most of our community immigrated from countries where authorities are hardly questioned. We are worried that
they could be suggested, pressured or coerced by authoritative figures like doctors to end their lives if they had
terminal illness or disabilities.
2. We are concerned making euthanasia legal here will normalise it for future generations and erode our cultural
3. Many of our community are much poorer compared to others in society – some having come as refugees. In cases of
severe illness where health care costs are high and carers are scarce, members of the community could request euthanasia
out of guilt – as many are already conditioned into thinking they are an economic burden to the society – as a way of
relieving the society of their burden.
4. Due to the high unemployment rate in our community, legalising euthanasia could make it easier for unscrupulous
members of poor families to pressure terminally ill relatives to request euthanasia as a way of relieving the family of
their physical and economic burden.
5. If euthanasia were legalised, the taxes we pay to the government would be used to train and deliver the act of
euthanasia – making us as taxpayers complicit in this.
6. Persons in our community who are in extreme pain and clouded by depression, shock and grief could make
irrational decisions due to their conditions and request their own death by euthanasia – not giving themselves time for
possible recovery or coming to terms with their condition.
7. And perhaps most importantly, legalising euthanasia may provide the societal acceptance needed by those with
suicidal tendencies in our communities to rationalise committing suicide.
Passing this legislation will be tantamount to saying to our terminally ill and disabled that their lives are less
valuable to the society compared to the youthful.
If patients or those in pain currently can refuse treatment and die naturally as a result, why should legislation be
enacted to legalise euthanasia, when it in turn places so much risk on already vulnerable members of our communities.
Jazak Allahu Khairan.
Dr Mustafa Farouk QSM
President of FIANZ