Consensus exists about human organ donation in the country: Chairman IIC

KARACHI: Chairman, Islamic Ideology Council of Pakistan, MNA, Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani on Wednesday confirmed that consensus, based on majority of opinion, exists about permissibility of “Organ Donation and Transplantation,” among religious scholars from different schools of Islamic thought, in the country.

Addressing a seminar organized by Sheikh Zayed Islamic Center, Karachi University in collaboration with Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation he said the Council, under chairmanship of different Islamic jurisprudent had over the years consented relevance and need for living as well as cadaver organ donation in the country.

Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani regretted that since owing to reasons Islamic Ideology Council was not extended due status by authorities at varied levels its clear stance about a cause beneficial for human lives was never made duly public in the country.

Mentioning that IICoP holds a constitutional relevance yet due to rampant indifference many of the IICoP reports compiled over the years including that on living as well as cadaver organ donation and transplantation were never reviewed by concerned ministries nor placed before the parliament, he regretted.

“It was only on March 17 this year that I have managed to ensure that council’s reports, 2012- 2013 and 2014 and 2015 are duly vetted by Ministry of Law and incorporated accordingly,” said Maulana Shirani.

He on the occasion also responded to submissions by speakers of the moot and said queries raised about eligibility of non muslim recipients to organ donated by muslim holds no ground as nothing is beyond the authority of Allah almighty, the lord of this universe.

Organ retrieval without any sort of mutilation or causing humiliation to donors is permissible particularly if is for saving a human life, he said adding that it can not be used as tool of exploitation under any condition.

Maulana Sheerani suggested need for studies on wide range of issues that ultimately established the writ of Allah with mandatory provision for equity and justice in the country.