IPS News reports:
M Saleem Dada, who teaches 'Islamiyat', argues: ”If some Muslim countries have made the law in their favour, that is no reason to consider it an Islamic decision nor (does) the fatwa (Islamic decree)of Al-Azhar University matter for the same reason”.
”To change the shape of a body is a satanic attitude,'' he adds. ''Allah has created human beings with great art and perfection and to add or subtract anything from a person is against this setting. Little wonder then that organs donated are always rejected where they are put, and heavy and very expensive medicine is needed to control their work.”
Mohammad Ali Naqvi, a Shia scholar, also believes that ”cadaver organ donation or that of a living person is un-Islamic”. While donating blood is equivalent to godliness, ”and it does not require any surgical procedure, organ transplantation for research or for saving lives is not allowed in Islam,'' he argues.
Not every religious leader in Muslims countries believes such things, of course - there are those who argue just the opposite. Unfortunately, they appear to be a minority. It will take a while before the defense of saving lives and of generosity filters through the population such that organ donation becomes more routine - and lives are saved.