It's okay to donate parts of your body when you die, imam tells congregation

CBC NEWS | Toronto | Muriel Draaisma

Imam among religious leaders promoting organ donation as part of South Asian Gift of Life Week

Imam Omar Subedar teaches students at the Mathabah Institute, a private Islamic institute that enables adult Muslims to learn Islamic tradition. It's located in Brampton, Ont. (The Mathabah Institute)
An Ontario imam is spreading the message among members of his congregation that it's perfectly acceptable to donate parts of your body when you die to help save lives.

, of the Islamic Society of Peel and the Director of the Mathabah Institute in Brampton, said there are no Islamic texts that prohibit organ donation.

Subedar is among a handful of religious leaders promoting organ donation in the South Asian community in the Toronto area this week as part of South Asian Gift of Life Week.

The leaders are confronting interpretations of their religions that forbid the practice and explaining the facts of organ donation, why it is needed and how many lives it saves.

"Perceptions will change if there is education," Subedar told CBC's Metro Morning on Tuesday. "People are somewhat reluctant to embrace change. Hopefully with this education initiative that we have taken up, people will see it differently." Continue reading 
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