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