THE NAME OF GOD - AND IN HIS PRAISE
Current progress in medical and life sciences has acquired revolutionary
features ...and heralds breath- taking developments in medical
technology and human engineering. Like any force, biosciences
need to be harnessed for the welfare of humanity, and be so guided
as never to stray to be a destructive power, as happened to nuclear
fission in the near past.
In the wake of application of modern discoveries in human reproduction,
heredity, recombinant DNA and synthesis of behaviour-influencing
drugs, our generation is witnessing a radical shaking of our heritage
of moral values and codes of behaviour.
In an attempt to keep human knowledge on the proper track prescribed
by God as HE declared Man as HIS viceroy on this planet, colonizing
earth, searching for God's laws and putting them to beneficial
use, this document was submitted to-the First International Conference
on Islamic Medicine held in Kuwait at the onset of the Fifteenth
Hijri Century (6 -10 Rabie A wal 1401 : 12 -16 J anuary 1981).
The document was endorsed by that conference as the Islamic Code
of Medical Ethics .
The adoption of this document by all medical bodies in the Islamic
world is hoped to be an area we converge upon. .. in these times
when there is so much that diverges us.
Every Muslim doctor will hopefully find in it the guiding light
to maintain his professional behaviour within the boundaries of
Medical and paramedical students should find in it a window over
the future, so that they enter their professional life conversant
with what to do and what to avoid, well prepared to face pressures
or temptations or uncertainties.
To medical scientists it subserves the function of rudder to the
ship.. directing their efforts to harness science and technology
only to the welfare of humanity but not to its danger or destruction.
We are confident that non-Muslim colleagues will also see in it
a reflection of what God wishes man to tie, and to do.
It is in God that we trust. . and Him that we seek