Only Allah Can End Life, It would be Sin to End Life Support for Tafida Raqeeb says Parents

But Tafida’s parents, who live in Newham, east London, want to move her to Gaslini children’s hospital in Genoa, Italy, and have organised funding.

Her mother, solicitor Shelina Begum, 39, and father, construction consultant Mohammed Raqeeb, 45, say doctors there will keep providing life-support treatment until she is diagnosed as brain dead.

It would be a sin under Islam to end life support for severely disabled five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb, her lawyer tells High Court. Parents claim, Islamic law only allows God to end life.

They say the youngster has been denied her right to elect to receive medical care in another European state and should be allowed to go on living.

Tafida Raqeeb’s parents say doctors should not be permitted to switch off her life support as it is against their Islamic beliefs.

The family’s lawyers said she was not in pain and could live another ten or 20 years on a ventilator at no cost to the NHS. “They believe all treatment must be provided and it’s for God to take life, not mankind.”

Tafida, from Newham, East London, collapsed in February because of a rare brain blood vessel condition. She is in a coma at the Royal London Hospital, where doctors say treatment is futile and want to turn off her life support.