From spring 2020, organ donation in England will move to an ‘opt out’ system.

This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate

What is the Hanafi position with regards to Organ Donations following the Law change in England requiring everyone to Opt Out?

Med­i­c­i­nal tech­niques have devel­oped which allow the trans­plant of one human part into anoth­er human which give the receiv­er the pos­si­bil­i­ty to live. This cou­pled with mechan­i­cal ven­ti­la­tion has meant many who were pos­si­bly about to die could live on.

The moral dilem­ma this raised was to ensure humans were dead before the body parts could be removed and the dead donor rule was brought into exis­tence. How­ev­er, as we have seen the human is not dead when organs are pro­cured. This is fun­da­men­tal­ly immoral accord­ing to tra­di­tion­al sun­nī Islam as there is no per­mis­si­bil­i­ty to take the life of an inno­cent indi­vid­ual even at her request to save anoth­er per­son. Tra­di­tion­al Islam drew no dis­tinc­tion between a liv­ing or dead human; so even if in the future the med­i­cine world could deter­mine death it would have no impact on this posi­tion unless the con­text changed con­sid­er­ably. In sum­ma­ry, organ pro­cure­ment is con­sid­ered immoral based on cur­rent under­stand­ing and procedures.

A Detailed expla­na­tion by Muftī Amjad Mohammed on the top­ic of HARVESTING THE HUMAN: Tra­di­tion­al Sun­nī Islam­ic Per­spec­tive (Click Here to Down­load PDF) has been added for fur­ther read­ing and explanation.

Below is a 40 minute speech on the topic:


Oth­er Imams, Mus­lim chap­lains and schol­ars who agree with this posi­tion are list­ed below:
  1.  Shaykhul-Hadeeth Mawlānā Ayyub Bande Ilahi
  2. Mawlānā Margh­goob Ahmed Lajpuri
  3. Mawlānā Asad
  4. Mawlānā Mohammed Motara
  5. Muftī Zubair Dudha
  6. Qāri Muham­mad Shoy­aib Nurgat
  7. Muftī Mohammed Ashfaq
  8. Muftī Zakariyya Akudi
  9. Mawlānā Yusuf Mama
  10. Muftī Yusuf Danka
  11. Mawlānā Abdul Karīm
  12. Qād­hi Imran Sayed Falahi
  13. Mawlānā Ahmad Sarkar
  14. Mawlānā Hashim Sacha
  15. Mawlānā Mohammed Saeed Mulla
  16.  Mawlānā Hashim Rawat
  17. Muftī Yusuf Akudi
  18. Mawlānā Suli­man Bodiyat
  19. Mawlānā Shab­bir Seedat
  20. Mawlānā Abdul-Hai Seedat
  21. Mawlānā Musa Gora
  22. Mawlānā Mush­taq Balakhdi
  23. Muftī Javed Pathan
  24. Muftī Abidur-Rah­man Molvi
  25. Mawlānā Abdul-Aww­al Molvi
  26. Mawlānā Mohammed Farook Kazi
  27. Mawlānā Imran Lunat
  28. Mawlānā Afzal Wali Mulla
  29. Mawlānā Sulaiman Makda
  30. Mawlānā Tariq Mahmood
  31. Mawlānā Iftikhar Hussain
  32. Muftī Amin Pandore
  33. Mawlānā Sohail Bawa
  34. Mawlānā Habibul­lah Munshi
  35. Mawlānā Yusuf Mayet
  36. Mawlānā Irfan Soni
  37. Mawlānā Ibra­heem Patel
  38. Mawlānā Arif Polli
  39. Mawlānā Imti­az Kamal
  40. Mawlānā Amin Sadak
  41. Mawlānā Nausar­ka
  42. Muftī Bilal Issak
  43. Muftī Hanif Patel
  44. Muftī Tahir Sulay­man Patel
  45. Mawlānā Aftab
  46. Mawlānā Farid Patel
  47. Mawlānā Ilyas Dalal
  48. Mawlānā Muham­mad Javaid Ali
  49. Imām Qas­sim
  50. Mawlānā Sauban Munshi
  51. Mawlānā Yunus Bismillah
  52. Mawlānā Zakir Dola