Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Shahid Athar, MD Biography

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

“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 www.islam-usa.com (accessed July 25, 2008)

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
Education:
  • MD, Indiana University School of Medicine
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Islam Support the Death Penalty?