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70 Letters to the Editor Dear Sir, I refer to the letter of Squadron Leader M.A. Shaique in your March issue in which he announced his intention to donate his cornea after his death. To my mind, he need have no qualms on religious grounds. Islam is indeed, as your correspondent affirms, the true religion for all times. It is flexible in the sense that what is unlawful in the generality of cases may be lawful in some instances (2:174). If a starving man can find no succour save in the consumption of otherwise unlawful meat to preserve life, he is not only permitted to consume the same to the extent needed — it is in fact his duty. The principle is the balance of good (2:220). A dead body is to be treated with all due respect and it should not be subjected to needless indignities. The human species is the pinnacle of creation (17:71). Even its exhausted shell should not be treated as a mere discarded object. The abhorrent practice of mutilating the bodies of slain enemies was forbidden by the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) not only because of the insult to the dead body but primarily because of the hurt suffered by the relatives of the deceased. The surgical removal of organs for the purpose of transplantation does not, to my mind, constitute mutilation in the same sense. Life is a sacred trust and every reasonable endeavour should be made to preserve it and to heal the afflicted. I suggest therefore, that it is probably not only permissable to donate our organs to survivors in need, but a duty to them and our conscience. There are, however, some prerequisites: 1. The relatives of the donor must be fully aware of his or her inten- tions. The procedure should be such so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings. 2. All detectable brain activity must have ceased. 3. Every reasonable effort should have been made to save the donor’s life without being influenced by his offer of donation. 4. The body should be afforded all possible respect and dignity and 71 REVIEW OF RELIGIONS the wounds closed in such a way as not to offend relatives washing or preparing the body for burial. 5. Burial should not be unduly delayed. I would like to strongly point out to the readers of your columns that they do not need to wait for the demise before making a gift of or succour to patients in need. Most of us who are between the ages of 18 and 60 — men and women — can easily spare 500 ml of blood every 3 to 6 months, without any loss of vigour, without pain or trouble. A blood donor gives his gift without either sacrifice or thought of reward, to those whom he knows not. Truly love for all … in practice. I congratulate your correspondent for his thoughtfulness and would like to urge the readers both to carry a donor card and to enrol as voluntary blood donors (2:4; 2:6). With best wishes, Yours sincerely, Rafiq Mahmud Davey. 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