Switching off the oxygen machine

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Q: I have a question regarding Maut during old age. My dada is now 83 years old and has Alzheimer’s he’s bedridden and currently suffering from pneumonia, because of his infection he’s on oxygen, he finds it difficult breathing without the oxygen, he is not on a ventilator, is it permissible Islamically to switch the oxygen off? Please advise.


A: It is not right to switch off the oxygen.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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