To Gendy, giving his organs away would make him useful after death, and will give him the chance to continue to live through others, “Me living to help others live, is better than being buried in the dust and not being useful to people.”
“Congratulations to the person taking my heart,” he joked,”because I will be giving you a hopefully good one. May god guide you to all good deeds.”
The announcement shines light on an issue that has seen conflicting opinions amongst Islamic scholars.
Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta has permitted organ donation, as it is a medical method that saves people’s lives.
However Dar al-Ifta stressed certain rules must be followed to permit the process.
The first was for the donation not to equate to organ trade, and for the process to respect human dignity.
The second rule was for organ transplant to be the only way to cure the specific case.
The third was for the donation to be completed after the donor was completely dead, with no possible hope of revival. It has to be a state where the person can be buried, which makes donating a “clinically dead” person’s organs forbidden.
Lastly, the process has to also be performed by specialists, and can only be done in life and death situations. Also, the dead person has to have voiced his will to have donate organs while mentally sound, and must also specify which organs are to be taken.