Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, in support of organ donation

GRAND MUFTI OF AUSTRALIA, DR IBRAHIM ABU MOHAMED, IN SUPPORT OF ORGAN DONATION 

The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) today welcomed the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed’s support for organ donation.

“The Muslim faith places saving a life very highly” said the Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, “Islam accepts organ donation and it is seen as an act of merit.”

“I am very pleased to have worked closely with the OTA and my advisors to proclaim a Fatwa in support of organ donation and I look forward to our ongoing partnership in helping inform my community,” said Dr Ibrahim.

Ms Yael Cass, Chief Executive Officer of the OTA, said, “I look forward to working closely with Dr Ibrahim and Imams across Australia so that they can help guide their community about organ and tissue donation.”

The OTA is working closely with religious leaders in Australia to ensure that their communities receive appropriate information about organ and tissue donation.

 “The OTA has collaborated with religious leaders in Australia through the ‘DonateLife… the greatest gift’ campaign to understand their position on organ and tissue donation, and to forge partnerships to educate communities on this important issue,” said Ms Cass.

“The majority of religions allow and even encourage organ and tissue donation as the ultimate act of generosity, so we urge those who observe a faith to seek guidance from their religious leaders on this matter.”

While one organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of ten or more people, less than one percent of all deaths in hospital are in the specific circumstances where organ donation is possible. At any one time, 1,600 Australians are on official organ transplant waiting lists.

Families need to discuss and know each other’s decisions because in Australia the family of every potential donor is asked to support the donation decision of the deceased before organ and tissue donation can proceed.

Staff in hospitals will assist families of potential organ donors to contact a spiritual advisor if requested and will help accommodate end of life practices related to the donor’s religion or culture.

For more information please visit www.donatelife.gov.au. Information is available in a number of languages, as well as statements from several religions about their position on organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

The Grand Mufti of Australia, His Eminence Dr Abu Mohamed’s fatwa ‘Islamic Ruling on Organ Transplantation’ was discussed at the launch of Project Hayat on 12 March. Project Hayat is the Islamic Council of Victoria’s project, sponsored by the Organ and Tissue Authority, to provide information about organ and tissue donation to Muslim Australians in Melbourne.

View the Grand Mufti of Australia, His Eminence Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed’s fatwa ‘Islamic Ruling on Organ Transplantation’ here

View this news article in Arabic here

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