5th October 2006
In my faculty as a Doctor, I am required, on occassion, to complete
death certificates, when, unfortunately, or fortunately for some, a
patient's life is rendered over. In addition to the obligatory death
certificate, I am also, occassionaly, required to fill in cremation
forms. These forms allow the deceased's family to apply for cremation,
i.e. burning of the body.
For every cremation form I fill in, I am paid a fee of £60. This covers
the extra work load for me, which includes booking an appointment with
the morgue, going down and examining the dead body for pacemakers/other
radioactive implants, and then going through the deceased patient's past
medical notes, and filling in a form.
My sawaal is made up of two distinct, but very much related parts:
Part 1 (of 2):
Is it halaal for a Muslim Doctor to fill out a cremation form? Although
this is not considered "obligatory", such a Doctor may be sometimes put
under the position where he or she "must" fill it in.
Part 2 (of 2):
Is the £60 payment halaal income?
Assalamu Alaikum wr wb.