The humane face of Sharia. Luckily, in this case this is not an opinion that is unanimously received. “Darul fatwa says donating blood un-Islamic,” from IndianExpress, November 23 (thanks to Twostellas):
In a potentially controversial decree, Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has said that donation of blood and body parts was against the tenets of Islam, but observed that giving blood to save the life of a near and dear one was acceptable.
However, the opinion of the prominent Islamic seminary has not gone down well with several Muslim intellectuals who have asserted that religious bodies have already stated that there was no (no) problem with blood donation.
In a ‘fatwa’ issued in response to a question, the seminary said donating blood or body parts was not permitted in Islam as human beings are not the “owners” of their bodies.
The decree is posted on the website of Darul Uloom’s fatwa section dealing with ‘haram and halal’ issues, where a questioner asked the seminary its opinion on whether taking part in blood donation camps is right or wrong.