Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author:

Shahid Athar, MD Biography

President of the Islamic Medical Association of North America
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

“There are three crimes for which the death penalty is justified: (a) In lieu of an unjust and proven murder, life for life; (b) adultery (zina) committed by a married person, either confessed by him or her four times, or if the act is witnessed by four people; and apostasy from Islam after willingly accepting it, declaring an open revolt against Islam, threatening the solidarity of the Muslim community.”

“Capital Punishment – A Faith Issue in an Islamic Perspective,” published on (accessed July 25, 2008)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Islamic Medical Association of North America
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Alternate delegate to the United Nations, World Muslim Congress
  • President, Interfaith Alliance
  • Member, Council for National Interest
  • Member, Christians & Muslims For Peace
  • Member, Amnesty International
  • Member, Physicians for Human Rights
  • Member, lslamic Medical Association
  • Member, Solidarity International
  • MD, Indiana University School of Medicine
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Quoted in:
  1. Does Islam Support the Death Penalty?