Hinduism and Organ Donation

Of  all the things that it is possible to donate, to donate your own body is infinitely more worthwhile.” anyani samyati navandi dehi.” giving up the old and useless ones.

(Charaka and Sushruta Samhita)


“Organ donation is in keeping with Hindu beliefs as it can help to save the life of others.” 

(The Late Mr Om Parkash Sharma MBE, President, National Council of Hindu Temples)


I always carry my donor card with me. It says that my whole body can be used for organ donation and medical purposes after my death. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to do the same.”

(The Late Dr Bal Mukund Bhala, Co-ordinator Hindu International Medical Mission, Former President Hindu Council UK)


Islam and Organ Donation

  • The fundamental purposes of Islamic law is the preservation of life. Allah greatly rewards those who save the life of others.
  • Organ donation must be given freely without reward, trading in organs is prohibited

This is supported by Muslim scholars from some of the most prestigious academies of the Muslim world who call upon Muslims to donate organs for transplantation.

These include:

– the Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organisation of Islamic Conference

(representing all Muslim countries)

– the Grand Ulema Council of Saudi Arabia

– the Iranian Religious Authority

-the Al-Azhar Academy of Egypt

Organ transplantation is a means of

alleviating pain or saving life on the

basis of the rules of the Shariah

(Muslim Council of Britain)

  • Muslims may carry donor cards

(Source: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/helping-you-to-decide/your-faith-and-beliefs/)

Christianity and Organ Donation

  • “I hope that Christian people will seriously and positively consider Organ Donation. The ready willingness to donate an organ is a clear sign of that sacrificial self-giving for others patterned by Jesus Christ.”(David Ebor, Archbishop of New York).

(Source: https://organdonationalliance.org/education-corner-national-donor-sabbath/)

Buddhism and Organ Donation

“Organ Donation is one of the greatest acts of compassion, the ultimate final act for an individual at the end of one’s life.”

(Master Cheng Yen, founder of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu chi Foundation)

(Source: https://organdonationalliance.org/education-corner-national-donor-sabbath/)