Is this permissible to choose a path to forgo pain and die before it?
  • Question:

    I was recently reading an article regarding a lady who has last stage brain cancer and she has decided to take medications who will help her pass away on her desired day without having to suffer and go through the excruciating pain and symptoms by the cancer. According to Islam, is it allowed for us Muslims to choose a path to forgo such pain and die before we actually go through it and die from it? Will it be considered suicide (haram) or is this permissible in such a case?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    May Allah bless one and all with health and relief.
    Self inflicted death is not permissible in Islam even in situations such as what you have described.
    A believer must resort to all forms of available treatment and medication when one is afflicted with sickness and injury. After adopting all permissible means to overcome sickness and injury, if the pain still remains, the believer knows very well that there are endless rewards from the Almighty for enduring patiently.
    Life is a sacred blessing from the Almighty and a God given trust. It cannot be taken away by anyone as this will constitute suicide, in Islam.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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