Muslims Donate Blood
What is the Islamic view point on blood donation?
Islam is a religion of mercy and caters for all the problems faced by humanity. It acknowledges the needs of people, thus gives concessions and dispensations wherever needed. Hence, it can be said that blood transfusion is lawful as a necessity. “And if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.” (Al Quran: Surah Al-Ma’dah: 32)
What are the Islamic Conditions of donating Blood?
1. The donor is mature and sane
2. The donor willingly donates his blood. If he is compelled to do so, it will not be permissible
3. There is no apparent risk to the life or health of the donor
4. There is no reasonable alternative
5. It is not for the sake of beatification or any other additional benefit
Is it permissible to sell blood?
It is not permissible to sell blood, because of the report in Saheeh al-Bukhaari from the hadeeth of Abu Hudhayfah, who said: “I saw my father buy a cupper [a person who does cupping] and order that his tools be broken. I asked him about that and he said, ‘The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade the price of blood,” (Al-Bukhaari, 3/12, 43; Ahmad, 4/308, 309). Al-Haafiz said in al-Fath: what is meant by the prohibition of blood is the same as the prohibition of dead meat and pork. It is haram according to scholarly consensus, i.e. selling blood and taking its price.
Who can give blood?
Most people can give blood. If you are generally in good health, age 17 to 65 and weigh at least 50kg (7st 12lb) you can donate. For a more detailed list of who can/can’t give blood.
How often can I give blood?
Male donors can give blood every 12 weeks, while female donors can give every 16 weeks.