‘No restrictions on organ, blood donation between Muslims and non-Muslims’
There are no restrictions for organ donation and transplantation between a Muslim and a non-Muslim, said Federal Territories mufti Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri.
He said this was because human organs were not Islamic or non-Islamic in nature but tools to support human life.
“When an organ of a non-Muslim is transplanted into the body of a Muslim, the organ will become a part of the Muslim person’s body.
“Then, the organ is used for its purpose as ordered by Allah,” he said in his Facebook page yesterday.
On blood donation from a non-Muslim who may have eaten non-halal food such as pork, Zulkifli said it was allowed in Islam because it was only the blood being transfused not the essence of the pork.
He also shared the findings of the National Fatwa Council meeting on April 13 and 14, 1982 on blood donation and transfusion between a non-Muslim and a Muslim.
Zulkifli said it had been ruled that blood donation was ‘harus’ (permissible) and there was no need to separate the blood of a non-Muslim and a Muslim.
12 Feb 2017
Malay Mail Online
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — Organ donors are not segregated by religion or other social criteria, the Health Ministry said today in response to a local entertainer who asked if they should be indicated as Muslims or non-Muslims.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah explained that organs harvested from donors were distributed solely on clinical criteria, such as waiting times and suitability between donors and recipients.
“Organ allocations are not based on race, religion, background, social standing and others,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement.
“This means that there is a possibility that organs donated by non-Muslims will be given to Muslims and vice-versa. The same goes for blood donations and transfusions.
He also attached two edicts from the Muzakarah National Fatwa Committee Council in Islamic Affairs, one which said heart and eye donations were “harus” (encouraged) while the other said there was no need to differentiate between Muslim and non-Muslim blood.