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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Muslims are allowed to donate their organs, according to a fatwa issued in 1970

New Straits Times

ORGAN transplant is permissible for Muslims to save lives, said Selangor and Perak muftis.

Selangor Mufti Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abd Wahid said myths, misconceptions and a general lack of understanding and awareness had led to an organ donation crisis among Muslims.

"All major religions, including Islam, encourage organ donation, especially when it can prevent death.

"There is also no requirement for the organ or tissues to be donated to someone of the same religion."

Tamyes said in Malaysia, the fatwa on the permissibility of organ donation and transplantation was issued in June 1970.

"Organ transplant is allowed when there is no other way to save the life of a patient, especially when he or she is suffering from organ failure.

"Donors must do so with utmost sincerity for the noble aim of helping the recipient, not to attain wealth and popularity," he told the New Straits Times yesterday.
Read more: Organ donation in Islam ‘encouraged’ - General - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/local/general/organ-donation-in-islam-encouraged-1.27054#ixzz1iXZQjnaY

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