Posts Tagged ‘Death’

Virtopsy: The Non-Invasive Autopsy

// February 28th, 2009 // No Comments » // Blog

The subject of death, and especially autopsy, is a little more macabre than I'm used to dealing with. Even so, I could not resist sharing some information on the matter that I discovered via an unlikely source: my “They Work For You” email alerts. A free, online service that allows users to track UK Parliamentary goings-on, by keyword and/or a manner of other useful filters.

The email linked to a debate regarding an amendment to Clause 15 of the Coroners and Justice Bill, which covers the issue of post-mortem examinations. Muslims (and as it turns out, Jews as well) require the body to be buried as soon as possible after death occurs. In addition, generally speaking, many people have a special sensitivity towards surgical autopsy, as they don't wish the body of the deceased to be 'harmed' in any way.

The debate revealed that Manchester's coroners jurisdiction has been offering MRI-based autopsies for some time, developed in response to the needs of its sizeable Muslim and Jewish communities. Apparently, not only is the procedure non-invasive, but it is also much quicker than the traditional, dissection-based method, as it does not rely on the analysis of biopsies, which can delay the results of a post-mortem for days, or even weeks.

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International Law – So What?

// January 19th, 2009 // 8 Comments » // Blog

International Law.

What is it?
When was it written?
Where can I find a copy?
And most importantly – who is it enforced by?

Because according to several commentators, Israel has repeatedly broken “international law” and is guilty of committing war crimes – and not just with its recent acts of depravity in Gaza – but since its inception.


Death for the Living

// January 4th, 2009 // 3 Comments » // Blog

Many would agree that death is a greater problem for the living, than for those who have actually passed on. Muslims find solace in the prayer that their loved ones are at peace, in a “better place”, no longer suffering. This is especially true for those who died in a state of innocence, such as children, and the oppressed.

However, we, the owners of hearts that still beat, are left to grieve, to feel the pain that resides deep in our cores; a wound that opens every time we realize the absence of the ones whom we loved.


Death in the Family

// January 3rd, 2009 // 15 Comments » // Blog

My uncle (mother's eldest brother) has passed away. He was in his 70s, and had been ill for several years due to heart trouble. I pray that he is at peace now.

I would appreciate it if you would include him in your prayers.

May Allāh forgive him his sins, accept his good deeds, elevate his status, and spare him any punishment in the grave, and the hereafter. May Allāh also grant my family patience in their time of grief; especially my mother, who looked to him as a father figure.

Āmīn thumma āmīn.

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Freedom Shoes

// January 3rd, 2009 // 4 Comments » // Photos

Taken outside the Egyptian embassy in London, at the end of a demonstration calling for the opening of the Gazan border.

Taken outside the Egyptian embassy in London, at the end of a demonstration calling for the opening of the Gazan border.

Protest Photos

// December 30th, 2008 // 2 Comments » // Photos

Photos taken at a public demonstration against the bombing of Gaza, held outside the Israeli embassy in London.

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Stroke Recognition Made Simple

// December 8th, 2008 // 6 Comments » // Blog

I have a somewhat strange ‘Īd gift for you all. My friend SimSim (as named by Organica) is a physiotherapist, and up till recently worked in the Stroke Unit at the local hospital. She forwarded me the following information via email. I pray that none of you ever have to use it, but if you do, then maybe it'll save someone's life, God-willing.

STROKE: Remember the first three Letters… S.T.R.


During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics). She said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They cleaned her up and fetched her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – at 6:00 pm, Ingrid passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

Some don't die… they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

The sooner the condition is treated, the higher the chance of a complete recovery; however, the window of opportunity is very small – a matter of hours – which means one needs to identify the problem immediately.


Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

  1. S – Ask the individual to SMILE.
  2. T – Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently), e.g., “It is sunny out today?”
  3. R – Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the emergency services immediately, and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke: Stick out Your Tongue

Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue: if the tongue is 'crooked', that is, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

SimSim also developed her own similar system named S.T.A.R.:

  1. S – SPEAK a simple sentence
  2. T – Stick out the TONGUE
  3. A – AMBULATE – does the person have difficulty walking?
  4. R – RAISE both arms

Please memorize, and feel free to copy and paste the above, in order to forward the life-saving information on to your contacts.

DR Congo… Rwanda Rerun

// November 13th, 2008 // 3 Comments » // Blog

I've been reading about the Rwandan Genocide for the past hour… I can't describe how I feel right now. My guts… feel liquid.

To think that anyone in power could sit back and allow anything close to that to happen again… words fail me.

Maybe this time, it's not about ethnic genocide.
Maybe it's just about diamonds and coal.

But right now, dark-skinned women are having to make a choice:
Stay in squalid camps and let their babies starve.
Or return to rebel-controlled lands and face gang rape.
Some have already faced both.

Subhanallah… how?

How do they sleep?
How do they sip their morning coffee?
Kiss their wives on the cheek, and pat their children goodbye.
Sit in leather-clad offices.
And do absolutely nothing to stop this madness.

I… just don't know what to say.


Make dua. Now. Please.

Prayers Please

// September 6th, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

For my dear sister Organica, and her future family, inshā’Allāh.

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