Muslim docs say no to punitive amputation

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Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Pic drawn from Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Three prominent Muslim doctors of medicine have voiced outrage over the Kelantan government’s proposal to use the services of surgeons in amputating the hands of thieves found guilty under hudud law. They told FMT that would mean asking a doctor to violate his professional oath of doing no harm to the human body.

The three are Islamic Renaissance Front director Ahmad Farouk Musa, who is a cardiothoracic surgeon, California-based surgeon and political commentator M Bakri Musa and Kota Raja MP Siti Mariah Mahmud, a doctor who used to teach medicine at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

In a recent press interview, Kelantan deputy menteri besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said contemporary Islamic scholars were of the opinion that the services of surgeons were needed in carrying out punitive amputation to ensure that no part of the body beyond one of the wrists would be harmed.

Farouk said Amar was perhaps unaware that a universal guiding principle for physicians is, “First, do no harm.” He criticised Amar for ignoring the “moral wrong” of what he was suggesting.

“He should know that the medical profession is the noblest profession on earth and that it is morally wrong to suggest such a heinous act against another human being in the name of religion.

“We surgeons are instruments of God on earth, to heal people of their ailment, disease and suffering. To suggest that we inflict such punishment is unthinkable and against the Geneva Convention. Only a twisted mind could have thought of such a move.”