Islamic Bioethics & End-of-Life Care: A Practical Workshop (South California)

Schedule - February 14, 2015

  • 8:45am-9:30am Registration, Networking and Refreshments
  • 9:30am-9:45am ICSGV Welcome & Religious Director's Opening Remarks
  • 9:45am-10:00am Introduction to Workshop: Objectives and Logistics- Dr. Aasim Padela
  • 10:00am-11:00am An “Islamic” Bioethics: Key Concepts and Research Tools - Dr. Aasim Padela
  • 11:00am-11:15am Break
  • 11:15am-12:00pm Non-Maleficence in Islam and the Boundaries of Avoiding Harm - Shaykh Khalil Abdur Rashid
  • 12:00pm-12:50pm Islamic Bioethics Considerations at the End-of-Life: Navigating the Challenges of Brain Death, Withdrawing Life Support, & End-of-Life Decision Making- Dr. Aasim Padela
  • 1:00pm-1:30pm Break for Prayer
  • 1:45pm-3:00pm Working Lunch Discussion:  Conceptual Review and Working Through Clinical Case Scenarios - Dr. Aasim Padela & Shaykh Khalil Abdur-Rashid
  • 3:00pm-3:30pm Panel Discussion on Next Steps and Question and Answer Session- Shaykh Khalil Abdur-Rashid & Dr. Aasim Padela

*Lunch graciously sponsored by Pomona Valley Home Care

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Registration and Credit Hours

Register Here. Continuing Medical Education (CME) ​credits ​will ​be ​provided ​by ​the ​Association ​of ​Physicians ​of ​Pakistani ​Descent ​of ​North ​America ​(APPNA). A maximum of 4:00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits are available for this activity.  For more information please visit the APPNA CME event page. 

Course Learning Objectives

  1. Identify ​the ​major ​sources ​of ​Islamic ​morality ​and ​how ​they ​relate ​to ​an ​"Islamic" ​bioethics. 
  2. Differentiate ​between ​Islamic ​bioethics, ​Muslim ​bioethics, ​and ​applied ​Islamic ​bioethics ​research. 
  3. Identify ​the ​major ​components ​of ​an ​Islamic ​theory ​of ​non-maleficence. ​ 
  4. Summarize ​major ​features ​of ​Islamic ​verdicts ​on ​seeking ​medical ​treatment, ​brain ​death, ​and ​maintenance ​of ​life ​support 
  5. Employ ​concepts ​from ​Islamic ​theology ​and ​law ​to ​effect ​bioethical ​decision-making ​near ​the ​end-of-life. 


Allied healthcare professionals and trainees, chaplains, religious leaders, ethics professionals, scholars and researchers all interested in the intersection of Islam, bioethics and biomedicine


  • Aasim I. Padela MD MSc- Director, the Initiative on Islam & Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Faculty of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, The University of Chicago
  • Khalil Abdur-Rashid MA - PhD Candidate at Columbia University; Dean of TAQUA Seminary, TAQUA Seminary affiliated with the Islamic Association of Collin County


Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley
19164 E. Walnut Dr.
North Rowland Heights, California 91748
(626) 964-3596


Best Western Plus Executive Inn, Rowland Heights: $99/night

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