If you had a chance to help save lives, would you seek the approval of a religious cleric before doing so?
Unfortunately, for a considerably large number of people in our society, the answer is yes.
In a country where people vehemently rely on opinions of religious scholars, it would be naive to expect them to choose rationalism over faith. To promote a culture of organ donation in our country, it is necessary to acknowledge and address the religious taboos associated with this subject.
Knowing this, the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre and University of Karachi, in collaboration with the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), organised a seminar called ‘Donation and transplantation of organs in the light of Quran and Sunnah’. Addressing the seminar was a body of scholars who explained that not only is organ transplantation permitted in Islam, it is, in fact, considered a ‘Sadqa-e-Jariya’ (continual charity).