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Organ donation: save a life, save humankind

Date: Friday 24 February 2017

Time: 18:45-20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, Marylebone, London W1H 4LP

Speakers: Dr Zul Mirza and Kashif Khan

In the recent turbulent times, we often hear the Quranic ayah that to take one human life is to kill the entire humankind. However, we neglect that the opposite is also true:

"Whosoever saves the life of one person it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind" (chapter 5:32).

Arguably, for most of us who are not trained medics, the easiest opportunity to save lives is through organ donation. One organ donor can save up to eight lives, yet hospitals across the UK continue to see few Muslims donating their organs for patients awaiting transplants. Muslims needing an organ donation have to wait a year longer, on average, than non-Muslims. In some cities Muslims can end up waiting for years and eventually die while they actively remain on the waiting list for an organ.

Internationally most Islamic scholars endorse organ donation, so why is there a continual lack of donors coming forward from the Muslim community? Do Muslims see this as a violation of the human body which is forbidden in Islam? Or is there a misconception about "needing" one's body in the afterlife?

In a bid to tackle this important issue, this talk is a conversation between a Muslim consultant working in accident and emergency, and a Muslim recipient of an organ donation.



Dr Zul Mirza, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, West Middlesex University Hospital.

Zul is the Clinical Lead for organ donation and trauma at West Middlesex University Hospital. His specialist areas of interest include cardiac biomarkers, alcohol and drugs of abuse. He has many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, including Mastering Emergency Medicine. He was previously the President of Emergency Medicine at the Royal Society of Medicine and on the Academic Board. He has given lectures nationally and internationally, which have been attended by politicians and policy makers, including from the House of Lords.

Zul has spoken on BBC News, ITV, Sky News and Channel 5 News as well as Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. He has just been awarded and is the sole recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award 2015 at Imperial College School of Medicine, which is the most prestigious award offered to NHS lecturers.

Kashif Khan, Organ recipient

Kashif has 15 years' experience working in central government including over five years working directly with ministers in private office. He is a former member of the City Circle Management Team.


Additional details

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact Sameera Hanif


Further information 

If you would like to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, please visit the NHS organ donation website. They also provide information about organ donation in Islam.

Join the NHS Organ Donor Register