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The sanctity of human life is a basic value as decreed by God even before the times of Moses Jesus and Mohammad Commenting on the killing of Abel by his brother Caine the two sons of Adam God says in the Quran On that account We ordained for the children of Israel that if anyone slay a person -unless it be for murder or spreading mischief in the land- it would be as if he slew the whole people And if anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people Quran 532 The Quran also says Take not life which Allah made sacred otherwise than in the course of justice Quran 6151 and 1733 The Sharia went into great detail in defining the conditions where taking life is permissible whether in war or in peace as an item of the criminal law with rigorous prerequisites and precautions to minimize that event Is there a Right to Suicide Not in Islam Since we did not create ourselves we do not own our bodies We are entrusted with them for care nurture and safe keeping God is the owner and giver of life and His rights in giving and in taking are not to be violated Attempting to kill oneself is a crime in Islam as well as a grave sin The Quran says Do not kill or destroy yourselves for verily Allah has been to you most Merciful Quran 429 To warn against suicide Prophet Mohammad said Whoever kills himself with an iron instrument will be carrying it forever in hell Whoever takes poison and kills himself will forever keep sipping that poison in hell Whoever jumps off a mountain and kills himself will forever keep falling down in the depths of hell Euthanasia - Mercy Killing The Sharia listed and specified the indications for taking life ie the exceptions to the general rule
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