Chicago, IL, July 3, 2007: The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) condemns in the strongest terms the attack on Glasgow Airport; the attack in London during the past weekend; all attacks by which innocent people are killed or harmed in any manner and all attacks that result in destruction of the property of innocent people. Such attacks, regardless of whether or not they have been perpetrated by physicians, are against the most basic teachings of our religion, Islam, and are contrary to the very basic principles of our profession, regardless of religion or creed. Suicide is also strictly prohibited in Islam.
As physicians, we strive to promote and maintain health, and prevent disease. As Muslim physicians, we are shocked that physicians entrusted with preserving life could allegedly seek to destroy life. IMANA urges all Muslims and non-Muslims around the world to remain vigilant and report any and all suspicious activity to the proper authorities. We urge all governments to seek out and punish those who perpetrate such barbaric acts.
The Islamic Medical Association of North America was founded in 1967 as an association of doctors and healthcare professionals that was formed to provide a forum to promote the ideals of Islamic medical ethics and values among Muslims and the community-at-large.
“Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32)
IMANA website at http://www.imana.org