mercy killing

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Submitted: February 25, 2013

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Submitted: February 25, 2013




A suffering man who has lost everything, his family, his friends, his parents, his partner, children, job, social values, and respect, actually everything that a man thinks is necessary, he is mentally depressed, physically tortured; when finally he decides and puts the gun on his chest, at that particular moment he thinks of nothing but everything, frustrated and terrified, he feels he has lost everything and has no chance to gain it back, he can’t withstand to live, lastly without any terror of dying he pressed the trigger…

What do you think he did? Suicide… but I heard someone said its euthanasia.

Let’s see, a man is in a coma, his family has waited for two years, loaning and investing on a person who is half dead. They are just not paying and crying but they are making him suffer badly, finally they decides to put him off the ventilator, kill him themselves, do you think it’s right? Barrens have to be found in the middle, people this is a two sided picture… a gray area…

Some says; spare me through your mercy, do not punish me through your justice. 

Other people opinion about mercy killing is; it’s a crime; no matter what you say in your defense.

Euthanasia’s definition from oxford point of view is “the painless killing of a patient; suffering from an incurable disease.”  Look at the words;

“suffering,” “pain,” “irreversible” and “incurable.” They all show and describe the terrible conditions and prospects of a patient. Euthanasia is known as “mercy killing” for a reason, it is the most, humane, moral and logical form of the treatment available to patients who has no hope of recovering. Living life in pain is hardly a life anyone would want to live and forcing this life upon someone is an immoral and terrible thing to do. Some people choosing euthanasia elects to die because they are thinking for themselves, someone once said, “when you can’t live a good way and can’t participate openly; then you should end yourself at once” and others are elected for dying by their own members; which is not because of any hatred but because of the love they have for them. Keeping a person alive in sufferings, knowing that it won’t end; it’s hard for the family and for the society. Apart from the miserable pain that the patients suffer, the trauma and the emotional havoc their relatives go through is also immense. They also suffer the hardships; seeing someone dying in pain even when they can release them from the pain they are facing; make them guilty. Sometimes this guilt causes them to attain suicide. Some people don’t have money and for them it’s hard to keep their loved ones in the hospital, and so they call for help and get involved in debts.


This causes a burden on them and even on the doctors as they know that the patient won’t survive and is half dead but they have to check him and keep a bed reserved for him. Ethically its right to follow euthanasia, individually everyone has a liberty right, which includes the right to end their lives. Respecting of people’s wishes is what we should do as a human being. If a person has a terminal illness and could die at any time there may not be anyone to say goodbye to, and it would be a terrible lonely death. Surely if someone has a planned death, with loved ones around to say final words of goodbye it would be much better way to die.

But the other side of the coin totally opposes and disagrees with euthanasia. Psychologically, religiously and by laws euthanasia is a crime and it’s not right to follow it.

Let’s see why a person opposes it. First point of the argument is the religious believes. According to Christians believes that God should be the only one to take life away, since he gave life to us. It is felt that euthanasia would remove the act of taking a life from God to humanity. In Christianity any form of suicide is considered immoral. The fifth commandment states that ‘thou shall not kill’ this sums up the argument among them. Euthanasia is prohibited (Haram) in Islam; since we did not create ourselves we do not own our bodies. We are entrusted with them for care, nurture and safe keeping. God is the owner and giver of life and His rights in giving and in taking care not to be violated. Attempting to kill one is a crime in Islam as well as a grave sin. The Qur'an says: "Do not kill (or destroy) yourselves, for verily Allah has been to you most Merciful" (Qur'an 4:29). To warn against suicide Prophet Mohammad said: "Whoever kills himself with an iron instrument will be carrying it forever in hell. Whoever takes poison and kills himself will forever keep sipping that poison in hell. Whoever jumps off a mountain and kills himself will forever keep falling down in the depths of hell." The Shari ‘a (Islamic Law) listed and specified the indications for taking life (i.e. the exceptions to the general rule of sanctity of human life), and they do not include mercy killing or make allowance for it. Human life per se is a value to be respected unconditionally, irrespective of other circumstances. The concept of a life not worthy of living does not exist in Islam. Justification of taking life to escape suffering is not acceptable in Islam. 

Psychologically also people opposes it. The person who has someone dearer admitted in the hospital, and has 2 to 3 percent chances to return, then the family members will take the risk, won’t see the pain, the suffer or their hardships and money; all they would want is that person back again.

By laws even it’s not allowed to kill someone on your or on their wishes. God never gives anyone more pain then they can’t withstand so laws in different states has made euthanasia illegal and even banned it.

It’s hard to come at an end or to agree or disagree with the topic. If I see as a doctor’s point of view I would opt in the favor of euthanasia but if I be at the patient’s side I would go against it. We should let the decision be in the hands of the people who have to make it either for themselves or for the member of their family. But lastly being just, I would admit that euthanasia is not allowed and should not be practiced because we all have a concept that we live to please our respective lords and when it’s not allowed in anyone’s religion then how can we find alternatives to prove it right. It’s hard to let someone suffer but again we have to be just not merciful.



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