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Muslims Most Resistant Group To Organ Donation

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http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Muslims+most+opposed+organ+donation+Survey/3414608/story.html

VANCOUVER — Of all religious groups, Muslims are the most resistant to organ donation — largely because they’re confused about whether it’s permitted within their faith, a British medical expert told delegates to an international transplantation conference in Vancouver Tuesday.

Dr. Adnan Sharif, a Muslim kidney specialist completing his training, led an international survey to find out why Muslims agree with organ donation, and would happily accept a transplant, but aren’t so keen on consenting to being donors.

In his presentation to delegates at the 23rd international Congress of The Transplantation Society, Sharif said nearly three-quarters of the 891 participants in the survey said they would be glad to receive an organ if needed, but only 10.6 per cent of respondents were registered organ donors.

In an interview after his talk, Sharif said just over a third believed it was compatible with their Islamic beliefs. For the others, the two biggest reasons cited for being reluctant to donate was their interpretation of the Koran and the advice they heard from spiritual leaders at their local mosques.

Sharif said he has long been curious about the issue, especially because he often finds himself having to tell Muslim patients needing organ transplants that they’ll have to wait twice as long as others, largely because there are far too few donors with similar ethnicity who would be good tissue matches.

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This is interesting, since it is contradictory to other instances. Or perhaps this is just one of the beauties of the Islamic State - the IRI:

While our scientists struggle with ethics, the Islamic world forges ahead

Stem cell researchers are branded by the Catholic church as playing God, but Iran's geneticists are unhindered by doctrine

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/31/genetics.ethicsofscience

In short, since the theory [of Islam] is put into full practice in Iran, all the laws on all these issues are clear and there is no faffing around with these debates, which the West suffers and rest of the Muslim population suffer from. I imagine it is the same issue [in the Islamic Republic of Iran] with the organ donations too..

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This is a problem for me. My husband wanna become an organ donor and I am not sure if it is permissible.

Although there isn't any totally explicit hadith about this topic(due to obvious reasons), but perhaps this may help:

Kafi:

ãÍãÏ Èä íÍíì¡ Úä ÃÍãÏ Èä ãÍãÏ Èä ÚíÓì¡ Úä Úáí Èä ÇáäÚãÇä¡ Úä ÚÈÏÇááå Èä ãÓßÇä¡ Úä ÏÇæÏ Èä ÝÑÞÏ¡ Úä ÃÈí ÓÚíÏ ÇáÒåÑí¡ Úä ÃÈí ÌÚÝÑ (Úáíå ÇáÓáÇã) ÞÇá: ÇáæÞæÝ ÚäÏ ÇáÔÈåÉ ÎíÑ ãä ÇáÇÞÊÍÇã Ýí ÇáåáßÉ¡ æÊÑßß ÍÏíËÇ áã ÊÑæå ÎíÑ ãä ÑæÇíÊß ÍÏíËÇ áã ÊÍÕå.

................Imam Muhammad al Baqir(as) said "In doubtful matters it's better to stop saying and doing something instead of putting oneself in the path of destruction............................... "

Definitely, there are many secondary factors which make organ donation after death extremely doubtful. Although I don't know the specific details of organ donation from dead body; but I imagine it may cause delay in burial (extremely disliked in ahadith), operating upon the dead body(we have ahadith which tell us to even while giving dead body ghusl we should do it very gently to avoid discomfort, so imagine what operating upon the dead body would entail) which would be extremely painful for the dead person(the dead person retains feelings for some time), we also have ahadith which tell us to bury the parts of body (such as tooth etc) along with body but here the organs would be taken out. There may be other things as well which I missed since I don't know details of medical procedures.

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I am an organ donor. The separation of the soul and body always seemed apparent in Islam. Accidents happen and people die young. How amazing it is that a person can still save a life even after he or she dies.

In fact, I think our body parts will bear witness against us on Qiyamat. If that is true, then clearly our bodies are separate from our souls.

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