COVID-19: Can We Prioritize Who Gets Life-Saving Devices?

01 September, 2020
Q The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought to our attention the scarcity of resources such as lifesaving equipment and ventilators and so on. In such scenario, can we prioritize and choose who is more deserving of life?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

1- During Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, it has become clear that the frontline health care workers are essential.

2- If there was no no-one getting to the machines first and there was immediate equal access but there were limited machines, there would be people that will be given the priority first because of the benefits of  mankind.

3- However, if there are already patients on life-saving equipment machine or on ventilators, then they are definitely more deserving to remain there and it is not permissible to take them off.


Sheikh Abu Eesa Niamatullah elaborates more on this issue in this short video:

Almighty Allah knows best.

Source: FaithIQ