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Living Will or Medical directive

The living Will is about your choices at the end of life, such as mechanical ventilation, artificial nutrition, and hydration (ANH). for Muslims, the Living Will must meet the Islamic bioethics requirements under Shariah. Make sure your voice is heard and respected concerning your wishes, values, and beliefs. Discuss what you want and discuss your life-refusing or prolonging care (including "do not resuscitate - DNR") with others. The living Will has different terminology in different countries, such as Personal directive, Advance directive, Advance care directive, Advance care planning, Medical directive or Healthcare directive, Healthcare advance directive, Healthcare proxy, or advance decisions. We will use a word "Living Will" and "Proxy" instead of other names in our discussion. Living Will represents you in a comatose, irreversible conscious coma, vegetative state (traumatic or nontraumatic), brain-dead, Cardiac arrest, locked-in state, cognitive impairment, futility, respiratory failure, terminally ill, paralyzed with receptive and expressive aphasia in a terminal state, or inability to communicate in critical illness, disability, or mental incapacity. You have the right to withhold or withdraw your treatment through Living Will as long as it is not contrary to the law. Living Will enables your rights to be respected and preferences about organ donations, transplantations, etc. Many people rely on Islamic Will to cover postmortem or autopsy-related wishes, which usually does not happen because Islamic Will does not become effective until death. Also, the term Living Will is not appropriate under the Islamic faith because humans cannot decide their Living or Death, which is always from Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta aala). You can make choices in medical directives to prevent the desecration or mutilation of the body. A doctor who pulls the tube out without consent is as bad as murdering. The Patient often signs the consent form in a drowsy situation without fully understanding the impact of surgery or treatments in front of nurses in the absence of a Living Will. In some cases, matters can go to court upon disagreements of family members in the absence of a Living Will. The Living Will is a must, whether young or old, because of unknowns (i.e., accidents, pandemics, disasters, sickness, etc.).

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