PRIME MINISTER ORGAN DONATION COMPULSION WILL AFFECT
Published: 13/01/2008 18:00
The Ramadhan Foundation is strongly opposed to the Prime
Minister’s proposal to go ahead and assume organ
donation when someone dies without opting out. This is
a dangerous precedent and we would strongly oppose any
attempt to push this policy change through.
In a free country people should be free to decide
whether they wish to be organ donors, assuming consent
is dangerous and not akin to the free values we often
talk about in this country.
From an Islamic perspective we are totally against this
policy – our faith totally forbids the taking of organs
after death. We therefore oppose this attempt to change
a policy that will impact not just on Muslims but on
other faiths too.
The Prime Minister talks about a debate and we are ready
to contribute to this, we will not however agree that
this is a policy change that is needed. It is clear
that from a personal perspective Muslims oppose this
idea; however there is clearly a failing in the
Government policy to try to encourage this sort of
Mr. Muhammad Umar, Chairman of the Foundation comments:
“The Ramadhan Foundation is strongly opposed to Prime
Minister’s intentions to introduce this policy of
presumed organ donation, our faith Islam totally forbids
the giving of organ donation after death. We therefore
join other religious communities in speaking out against
In a free country people should be able to choose if
they wish to consent, it is not the role of Government
to decide to assume consent without the individual’s
views and wishes taken into consideration.
British Muslims will campaign against this infringement
of our freedom to practice our faith,”
Notes for Editors
The Ramadhan Foundation is the UK's
leading Muslim youth organisation that is working for
peaceful co-existence and dialogue for all communities.
Based in Greater Manchester and working to also
establish the platform for Muslim unity amongst our
communities in the UK.
For further information contact:
Mr. Mohammed Shafiq