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Question: Is it permissible to donate blood?

Blood donation is considered an extremely meritorious and rewarding act of charity in Islam; since Islam exhorts us to be charitable to all of God's creation; we cannot think of any charity greater

than a gift of life. It is a matter of common knowledge that in many cases, persons injured in accidents, etc. can only be saved from imminent death if they are given enough blood to replace what they have lost.

So by giving blood, which is in short supply today, Muslims are helping people live; by doing this they are indeed carrying out the order of Allah,"Whoever saves the life of a single person, it is as if he has saved  all of humanity." (Al-Ma'idah: 32)

Based on the above and similar considerations, scholars and jurists have agreed that Muslims should have no inhibitions whatsoever in donating blood in the communities they are living. They should consider such activities as a most rewarding act of charity.

We cannot make any distinction between Muslims and non-Muslims in donating and receiving blood; all of our bodies and faculties are in a way Muslim (obedient to the laws of Allah). Just as Islam encourages us to be charitable to all regardless of differences of religion or race, there is no distinction to be made in giving or receiving blood; for there can be no greater gift of charity than blood donation as it amounts to saving a life. The Quranic mandate for Muslims is to foster life and be engaged in activities that strengthen and maintain it in all forms the opposite of which is fasad or destruction-including all activities that diminish or destroy life in various forms.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has exhorted the faithful to be engaged in charitable deeds every single day; he is reported to have said,"Everyday that sun shines, every one of you ought to do some charitable deeds."He then counted numerous examples of charity all of which are intended to enhance the quality of life. He also said," You will be rewarded for any act of compassion rendered to any creature with a throbbing heart/liver."

In other words, fostering and maintaining life in all forms, human and others, is indeed one of the most meritorious acts, entailing greatest of rewards in the sight of Allah. How can it be otherwise, when humans are the trustees of the earth, and as such we are to enhance God's work?

In conclusion: Blood donation undoubtedly tops the list of charitable deeds in Islam. Therefore, Muslims should consider it a priority in participating in all such life-saving ventures/projects-including organizing blood banks.

I pray to Allah to give us the honor of saving lives and thus earn His goodly rewards in both worlds-Aameen."

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