New Islamic fatwa approves organ donation for Muslims

A man who had to wait for 23 years for a kidney transplant has won changes to Islamic guidance, allowing organ donation.

Amjid Ali waited 23 years for a new kidney


  • Islamic fatwa approves organ donation after prolonged efforts man from Bristol, England.
  • Bristol man, Amjid Ali, waited 23 years for a new kidney.
  • Amjid has won changes to Islamic guidance to allow organ donation in the UK.
  • He started his campaign for the changes back in 2013.

Amjid Ali waited 23 long years to get a new kidney. His journey was challenging, inspiring, controversial and a reflection of his unmatched strength. He campaigned for changes to Islamic guidance to allow organ donation in the UK, and has finally won his fight.

Belonging from Bristol, the UK, Amjid began a campaign for the changes in 2013. He has been working for the NHS. Not that Muslims are allowed to accept transplants, but due to the religious constraints and it being a center of controversy in religious beliefs, have felt reluctant while donating themselves.

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Amjid Ali said that it is his way to give back to the society since he has faced the consequences, being on the list for dialysis for the longest time.

 “It was something I wanted to give back, having been on dialysis and the waiting list for a long time,” he said.

According to the figures by NHS, 17% of people on the transplant waiting list are of Asian origin.

Less than 2% of Asian people are on the organ donor register:

Mufti Mohammed Zubair Butt extensively researched the issue of organ donation.


Mr. Ali led a conference with 56 scholars, organizations, imams and chaplains on the issue of organ donation in Islam back in September 2013. It was two years after his own life-saving operation.

“Many Muslims feel (organ donation) is not in line with their faith,” said Amjid Ali, who is the NHS lead on the Transplantation in Islam project.

“They needed an authoritative religious figure to be able to give them the satisfaction that they’ve researched the subject in such a way that covers all of the key points around the permissibility of organ donation.”

The new fatwa is expected to be a ‘catalyst’ for change:


Previously two fatwas were issued in 1995 and 2000 respectively. Both were specifically aimed at Arab Muslims. Now another one addressing the Sunni Muslims has also been issued. The new fatwa complements the previous fatwas and particularly addresses British Muslims who are predominantly of South Asian background and heritage.

Mufti Mohammed Zubair Butt issued the fatwa and says he hoped the move would help to “serve as a catalyst” for change. The edict covers all forms of donation, including blood, stem cells, living donation, and organ donation after death.

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