The Muslim Physician and the Ethics of Medicine
Author: Thalia A. Arawi
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"Virtuous physicians seem to have become a rarity in modern day medical practice. Many patients and physicians feel that the profession of medicine is not living up to its own standards and expectations. It is the contention of the author that the Muslim physician, guided by the two primary sources of Islamic Law, the Qur’an and the Sunna, will possess the necessary character traits of a good physician. In this article I argue that the Muslim physician who abides by the Qur’an will live a contented life, will be trusted by his/her patients and community, and will be in line with the recently enacted Western principles of medical ethics."

How is this related to Islam?

The Quran and Sunnah constantly emphasize the importance of strong moral character and righteousness.

"Verily this Qur’an does guide to that which is most right (or stable), and gives the glad tidings to the believers who work deeds of righteousness, That they shall have a magnificent reward." (Surah al Isra) Chapter 17, Verse 9.

"Islamic ethics instructs human beings that, in addition to being virtuous, they must contribute to the moral health of society as a whole:
"You are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong and believing in Allah. (Chapter 3, Verse 110.)""


Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America