Does my religion support it?
All the major religions in the UK support the principles of organ and tissue donation and transplantation, accepting that organ and tissue donation is an individual choice.
It is very important that people from all backgrounds donate organs, as there is a much better success rate when transplants are carried out within the same ethnic group.
Black and Asian people are twice as likely to need a kidney transplant than white people, so there is an even greater need for more black and Asian donors.
Supporting your faith and beliefs
We are committed to supporting your faith and beliefs throughout the organ or tissue donation process.
If you record a decision to become an organ and tissue donor, you can also record on the register whether your faith/belief is important and should be considered as part of the donation discussion.
In general, there are no injunctions for, or against, organ donation. If you’re in doubt, a senior teacher within the tradition can give you guidance. Download our booklet for more information.
In principle, Judaism supports and encourages organ donation. Download our booklet for more information.
The fatwa from the Muslim Law (Shariah) Council UK supports organ transplantation. However, some scholars believe organ donation isn’t permissible – so you may want to seek individual advice from your Imam. For more information on views within the Sunni and Shi’a communities read our booklet in:
Further information on Islamic rulings on organ donation
Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ahmed Fredericks, Lecturer, Scholar in Islamic Studies, Glasgow produced an information paper on Islamic views in relation to organ and tissue donation on behalf of the working group titled the ‘Islamic Perspective on Organ Donation’.
There are many references that support the concept of organ donation in Hindu scriptures, and it is an integral part of the Hindu way of life, as guided by the Vedas. Download our booklet for more information.
Sikh teachings emphasise the importance of giving and putting others before oneself – and it’s believed the physical body is not needed in the continuous cycle of rebirth – a person’s soul is their real essence. Download our booklet for more information.