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Organ donation is giving an organ to help someone who needs a transplant.

Making a donation is your choice. But it can be seen differently even in the same religious groups.

Religious views on organ donation

In Islam there are two schools of thought on organ donation:

The human body, living or dead, enjoys a special honour and is inviolable. Islamic law emphasises preserving human life.

The general rule

The general rule that ‘necessities permit the prohibited’ (al-darurat tubih al-mahzurat), has been used to support human organ donation to save or significantly enhancing a life of another provided the benefit outweighs the personal cost borne.

The alternative view

“The saving of life is not absolute, but subject to the amount of cost that has to be borne. Therefore, although the above quotation enjoins the saving of life this is not without restriction or caveats.’’

“Organ donation is a very personal choice and one should consider seeking the opinion of a scholar of their choosing.” Mufti Mohammed Zubair Butt, Muslim Council of Britain

How to become a donor

Make sure you talk to your family and friend about your decision so they know your wishes.

Further information