Muslim Spiritual Care Services recognizes that each person deserves to be treated with dignity during their life, while sick, and after death. The dignity of an individual was established in Quran 17:70.
وَلَقَدْ كَرَّمْنَا بَنِي آدَمَ وَحَمَلْنَاهُمْ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ وَرَزَقْنَاهُم مِّنَ الطَّيِّبَاتِ
وَفَضَّلْنَاهُمْ عَلَى كَثِيرٍ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقْنَا تَفْضِيلاً
Now, indeed, We [God] have conferred dignity on the children of Adam, and borne them over land and sea, and provided for them sustenance out of the good things of life, and favored them far above most of Our creation.
Our services are culturally and religiously sensitive and include same-gender care prior to and after the death of a Muslim patient. There is a number of recommendations that we request that healthcare professionals observe when caring for Muslim patients.
- Modesty: Both men and women deserve to have hospital gowns that are modest and do not expose patients, unless necessary.
- Privacy: The privacy of Muslim patients must be protected including the disclosure of their diagnosis and prognosis. Prior to entering the room, knock on the door so a Muslim patient will have the time needed to cover their body including their hair.
- Post-Mortem: Once a Muslim patient dies, we kindly request that discharge staff leave the patient in the hospital gown and do not remove their undergarments. There is no need to do any post-mortem cleaning as Muslim patients will receive a full body wash by trained Muslim same-gender team.