Question#:
6968
Question Date:
6/1/2005
Topic :
Organ Donation:
Question:
Assalamu Alaikum. i m interested in making a donation of my eyes after my death. i have heard that it is not permissible in islam. i want to know whether it is allowed in islam for a muslim to donate his/her eyes to someone who is blind. Please answer my question in the light of Quran & Sunnah.
Answer:
As-Salamu `alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. 
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. 
We commend your keenness on getting your self well-acquainted with Islam and its teachings, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake. 
Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, former president of the Islamic Society of North America, states the following:  
 
“This question is very much debated by the jurists in past two decades. The Supreme Council of `Ulama in Riyadh (in their resolution no. 99 dated 6 Dhul Qi'dah 1402) has allowed both organ donation and organ transplantation in the case of necessity.  
 
The organ can be taken from the body of a living person with his/her consent and approval and also from the body of a dead person. In the case of a living person, the jurists have stipulated that this donation should not deprive him/her of vital organs. It should also not cause risk to his/her normal life.  
 
The Fiqh Academy of the Muslim World League, Makkah also allowed organ donation and transplantation in its 8th session held between 28 Rabi'ul Thani- 7 Jumadal Ula, 1405.  
 
The Fiqh Academy of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Jeddah, during the year 1408, and the Mufti of Egypt Dr. Sayyed At-Tantawi also allowed the use of the body organs of a person who has died in an accident, if the necessity requires the use of any organ to cure a patient, provided that a competent and trustworthy Muslim physician makes this decision.  
 
It is important to note that most of the jurists have only allowed the donation of the organs. They do not allow the sale of human organs. Their position is that the sale of human organs violates the rules of the dignity and honor of the human being, and so it would be haram in that case.  
 
Some jurists suggest that because people have become too materialistic and it may not be possible to find a free organ, under necessity one can purchase the organs, but a Muslim should never sell his/her organs.”  
 
 
Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, issues the following Fatwa:  
 
 
 
"Organ donation is permitted in Islam if it is done within the permissible limits prescribed by the Shari`ah.  
 
 
The following are the conditions scholars have stipulated for donation:  
 
 
Conditions associated with a living donor:  
 
 
1. He/she must be a person who is in full possession of his/her faculties so that he/she is able to make a sound decision by himself/herself;  
 
 
2. He/she must be an adult and, preferably, at least twenty-one years old;  
 
 
3. It should be done on his/her own free will without any external pressure exerted on him/ her;  
 
 
4. The organ he/she is donating must not be a vital organ on which his/her survival or sound health is dependent upon;  
 
 
5. No transplantation of sexual organs is allowed.  
 
 
Conditions associated with deceased donors:  
 
 
1. It must be done after having ascertained the free consent of the donor prior to his /her death. It can be through a will to that effect, or signing the donor card, etc.  
 
 
2. In a case where organ donation consent was not given prior to a donor’s death, the consent may be granted by the deceased’s closest relatives who are in a position to make such decisions on his/her behalf.  
 
 
3. It must be an organ or tissue that is medically determined to be able to save the life or maintain the quality of life of another human being.  
 
 
4. The organ must be removed only from the deceased person after the death has been ascertained through reliable medical procedures.  
 
 
5. Organs can also be harvested from the victims of traffic accidents if their identities are unknown, but it must be done only following the valid decree of a judge."  
 
 
 
If you are still in need of more information, don't hesitate to contact us. Do keep in touch. May Allah guide us all to the straight path!  
Wassalam and Allah Almighty knows best. 
Reference:
Islam Online