The terminally ill Muslim: death and dying from the Muslim perspective

Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2001 Jul-Aug;18(4):251-5. doi: 10.1177/104990910101800409.


Islam holds life as sacred and belonging to God and that all creatures will die one day. Suicide is forbidden. Muslims believe death is only a transition between two different lives. The terminally ill Muslim desires to perform five ritual requirements. Do not resuscitate (DNR) orders are acceptable. A deceased Muslim must always be buried after being ritually washed and wrapped. There are different Muslim schools of thought, but they are united regarding their views on death and dying.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Death / ethnology*
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Funeral Rites
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Islam / psychology*
  • Patient Advocacy / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Resuscitation Orders
  • Terminal Care / methods
  • Terminal Care / psychology*
  • United States