Organ Donation


salam alaikum,
My cousin was having a debate about organ donation, if it is haram or halal.
He says that after you die you cannot feel anything so you are allowed to help others by donating your organs, I have heard that your soul still feels pain that is inflicted on the body after you die. Could you please resolve this issue and correct me if I am wrong. Could you also please give me explanation for this as well.
Thank you

As-Salamu `Alaykum,
As far as donating an organ by a living person to another person is concerned, there is no problem in it if it does not entail a serious harm to the donor. (For example, donating one kidney by a person who has another healthy kidney.) The current procedure of organ transplantation is not considered dishonouring a human body. The surgery is performed in the most respectable way and it is not considered to be disrespectful. This is the reason why many highly respected `Ulama of the community regard donating of organs as a mark of merit, and they are not looked down upon.

Imam Senad Agic, Ph.D.
Head Imam (IABNA)
The Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America

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