In Islam, life is sacred and one of the greatest gifts and blessings of God. Every moment of life has great value and is irreversible. Therefore, it must be appreciated and protected; even if it has a poor quality. The guiding principle in the Islamic bioethics is:
"Whoever slays a soul, unless it is for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men " 1
According to this verse, saving life is an obligation and the unwarranted taking of life is a major crime. In what follows, we will try to explore more the value of life in Islam and then see how life is safeguarded in the Islamic law and ethics.
- 1. Qu’ran: 5: 32