A Brief Islamic Guide to Advance Health Care Directives and End-of-Life Decisions

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Creating an advance health care directive allows you to provide guidance on your health care preferences and control who can make health care decisions on your behalf.

If you are a practicing Muslim and preparing to make your own advance health care directive, you may wish to know how Islamic principles guide the use of advance health care directives.

Doctor Kahf and the Islamic Organization in North America provide a detailed guide to writing your own advance health care directive in accordance with the basic tenets of Shari’ah law, which is publicly and freely accessible on Doctor Kahf’s website.

You can include Doctor Kahf’s recommended changes as special instructions under your living will to limit your health care agent’s authority to only those actions and decisions that are in accordance with Shari’ah law.