a doctors specific orders for a particular illness) are absolutely forbidden in
Islam. The following rules apply:
In the slaughtering of animals, it is essential that the throat be cut in
such a way that blood drains from the body.
Alcoholic beverages are forbidden.
Fish are clean, even those left on the shore by the ebb tide.
The milk of animals which cannot be used for food is not clean.
However, as the Koran says, In an emergency anything edible is
lawful. If a Moslem eats unlawful food under compulsion or through fear,
he may be pardoned. The meat acceptable to Jews and Christians is lawful to
Moslems, if it is slaughtered properly.
Funeral and Burial Requirements
Any equipment or personnel other than what would ordinarily be used
are not required.
Imam Requirement at Time of Death
The presence of an Imam at time of death is not necessary, unless such
request is made.
An autopsy is permissible if required by law.
Cremation is strictly forbidden. The body should be returned to the earth
in its natural form.
There are no restrictions on medical treatment provided persons prac-
ticing the Islamic faith.
Argus Communication, 7440 Natchez Avenue, Niles, Illinois 60648,
(312) 647-7800, offers an educational package on Islam in their Religions in
Human Culture Series. The first part presents the Islamic Articles of Faith.
The second part covers the acts of worship known as the pillars of Islam.
Filmstrips and tapes with teachers and students readers may be ordered
from the chaplains audiovisual system.