In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

The Deceased Organ Donation Debate in the U.K.

This is a brief summary, in the form of a presentation, for the benefit of U.K Muslims as a whole, regarding the debate about about the permissibiliy of deceased oragn donation in Islam for U.K. Muslims. It is impossible to cover all aspects of the debate of such a complex subject as demonstrated in slide 4. With the change in the U.K. law to an opt-out organ donation system each individual has to make a decision whether to donate their organs after death or not. I have tried to make the presentation as balanced as possible, and it is more than likley that neither the advocates of organ donation nor those who consider deceased organ donation as forbidden (ḥarām) will be completely satisfied with the infromation provided. If you are one of those individuals you can contact me quoting the slide number and I can review the contents. The presntation tries to address the question of why there is confusion amongst the public and disagreement amongst the Muslim jurists (fuqaha) on this subject and why it is unlikely to be resolved. As is often the case in complicated subjects there is no absolute right or wrong, it a matter of judgment. As is often the case in religious matters it boils down to whose judgment do you trust in such matters rather than who can put forward a more convincing case.