Giving Life

June 16, 2009

Though life and death are both from Allah (SWT), one of the most virtuous things a human being can do is to help play a role in giving life.  After all, by giving charity to those less-fortunate, those that deserve it may benefit from it.

One way I would like to recommend ‘giving-life’ is to donate blood.  In many cases, one pint of blood (the average donation) saves the lives of three people.  Can you imagine the sadaqa involved in helping prolong the lives of three different people? 

Allah (SWT) tells us in the Quran, “For this reason did We prescribe to the children of Israel that whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men; and certainly Our messengers came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them certainly act extravagantly in the land” (Translation of the Meaning of the Holy Quran, 5:32).

Therefore, next time you see a blood mobile in your locality, consider giving the gift of life as the process is generally painless and the reward is with Allah (SWT).

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3 Responses to “Giving Life”

  1. Yogurt Says:

    Is it haram to donate my organs if I am killed and they can be used to help save someone?


    • Assalam Alaikum,

      Donating one’s organs is an issue in which the scholars have differed. I am in no position to give an answer to this issue so I would recommend asking a scholar you trust and if that is not possible you can try the likes of islamqa.com or islamtoday.com

      -bilal


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