12 November 2006

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.


What are your thoughts on organ transplants? I know this is something that thankfully many of us will ever be forced to think about- but I was recently forced to research and advise a family that is actually dealing with this hard reality. The question that I’ve posed to everyone I met this week, and I pose to you now:
‘If you were told that you needed an organ transplant to survive. Without it you will die! The organ is ready and waiting on ice- all you need to so is say yes and the operation will begin!’
Now everyone I spoke to eventually admitted that they will definitely take the organ. Who will say otherwise- offered a chance to survive, it will be extremely strange for someone to refuse it!

So with that said, how many of us will be willing to allow our organs to be donated in the unlikely (inshallah!) event of a premature death? I understand that its simple to do so today- just fill in a form and you will be added onto the register for organ donors. If everyone is willing to take organs when needed but not willing to offer when available, does that not make us hypocrites? If you say you would have to first find out the Islamic ruling, I can assure you, from my research its fine to do so. But should you still have any doubts, I implore to do your research, ask the questions you have and take the necessary steps to help establish the great life giving gift of organ donating in our communities...

Time is running out- just a week left for the board exam! Trying my best to get enough studying done but there is only so much that the brain can handle. Plus this week I need to attend a work function- they are giving me money to give to charities of my choice. If you had a fairly decent amount of cash, who would you give it to? I’m looking at 3: Islamic Relief for a local project that I can assist with and get others involved as well; Awqaf SA towards an educational waqf [a waqf utilizes only the proceeds of the capital donated]; and Sanzaf for starting a bursary fund for Bcom students looking at specialising in Islamic finance and economics. Any better ideas?

This coming week also sees a meeting with representatives of our London office- a hopeful opportunity for a three month secondment! Not sure the exact details on the table yet, but anything to get out of auditing will be super right now! That with an interesting call from a central African investment group brings about thoughts of the future and life after the dreaded articles!

Watched an interesting docudrama during one of my study breaks: Road to Guantanamo. Shows a group of youth from Britain in Pakistan for a friends wedding, when they decide to go exploring in Afghanistan. They get caught up in the war and are captured by the Northern Alliance and passed on to the American forces. They spend almost three years in Guantanamo Bay after which they are eventually released. The shocking thing for me was that these were very normal guys that caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time- an eerie resemblance to situations we often find ourselves in as well as the decisions that some of us would take. Three of the four survived to share their story and one guy was in Cape Town this week to launch the doccie. Try and see it sometime…

Had some good feedback from my account of library discussions last week. This week I put my neck (and blog) on the line when I attempt to take a light hearted look at comments in the blogosphere- this may be the end of feedback for me, but after a recent accusation of also being involved in it, I take the risk:) Check it out- its probably way off the mark- but know first that its intended as light humour:P see: *Global Muslim*


That’s all folks!
Make a prayer~
Peace & Blessings…

28 comments:

Ruby :) said...

Salaams
I've always wondered what the shariah ruling regarding organ donating was.. so thanks. and to answer your question: i would gladly donate my organs, that would be "giving someone a life'; hey..
as for your boards.. good luck again, im surte you gonna do very well, so, study , but try not too stress too much.. your heart is precious and stress is bad for it!!!

Insipid said...

Brilliant movie.Have to admit one of first thoughts that crossed my mind after watching it was of you getting your ass arrested in some god forsaken place on one of your trips.So please take care the next time you out and about

Saaleha said...

the organ donor one is an interesting conundrum. I still have to make my mind up about it. Your pic made me want to cry. and I've told you what I think of the charity question. IT has to make a big difference. I hope you find just the right place. I'm sure you will :-)

Zahera said...

People are reluctant to register on the bone marrow register for people who need a transplant- where all that is required is stem cells let alone whole organ donations! I should know- after 4 years of relentless campaigning, we still have muslim people in particular who cant seem to get it into their head that Islamically it is totally permissable! Or i have really weird responses like "oh well, the register means i could be a match for anyone, i dont want to help anyone except a muslim." If youre sitting their mouth wide open then i assure you, you're no the only one! I was utterly disgusted and found it ironic that these people were people i approached in a masjid whilsy there was a clinic being held for a muslim brother dying from cancer. So much for humility and compassion eh!

The documentary youre talking about- Its the Moezzam Begg "Road to Guantanomo bay" right? Its very popular here and well Begg has attended a number of events giving an insight into his terrible ordeal. His book is also supposedly very very good.

Bilal said...

@ruby:
Slmz. Good to know. Maybe we should start a national campaign to get people registered on the organ donor database...

Thanks for the kind words:) My heart is really precious- have you read my new blog yet:P www.comicanalyst.wordpress.com

@insipid:
Lol- don't worry, I'm usually very careful. But I must admit, when watching it, a few thoughts came to mind:
Getting stopped by Israeli soldiers in Palestine, or
Forgetting your passport at the camp when moving around the West Bank, or
The frightening feeling of travelling on those colorful buses from Pakistan to Kashmir!

@saaleha:
I think the easiest way to make your mind up is to ask yourself whether or not you will take an organ when you need it.
Or if you would give a kidney to a loved one who needs it to survive.
But I hope you never have to find yourself in that situation! Ameen.

Will consult your charity advice soon...

@zahera:
There is no contention with born marrow at all- like blood, its giving away something that grows right back!
Some Muslims are really stupid- I was even asked, "Will I share in the sin of a person who uses my organs to survive?"
Well, maybe a innocent and necesarry question- I don't believe that God will punish you like that!

Think its the same one- to be honest, watched it at 1am so don't remember the names or anything! But it was good enough to keep us awake till the end.

Unaiza Nasim said...

Well, I remember wanting to make a will @ SUIT that when I die, my kidneys, eyes and heart be donated to someone, out of which my mom made a big issue and i had to re-think.
I think once u cannot use ur organs, we should make others life better.

Zahira said...

I'm gonna be the mad one and say I wouldn't take the organ but I would donate. I feel accordingly you can donate my not taking it though is personal reasons...yah i know i'm crazy :)
Gudluk with exams I think I tell you that almost eveerytime we talk lol
O and on the donating money I think there is sense of what you wanna do already... so go do it...and May Allah continue to reward you in this life and hereafter Ameen
Mwah

Lady said...

soooo... last week i told my daddy... that since his heart's been givin him so much trouble, i wouldn't mind giving him mine...
to which he replied... 'i don't want a heart with cracks in it'
*sigh* so much for that...

else, i've not given organ donating much thought.

Insipid said...

Takes about 55 seconds to register as a prospective donor.I just did mine.Think we should put our money where our mouths are and go sign up.Rather than just talking the talk ppl lets walk walk.(I know, terrible cliche)

saaleha said...

i did a feature on organ transplants during my stint at City Press last year http://www.news24.com/City_Press/Lifestyle/0,,186-1697_1720027,00.html
admittedly i shouldn't have used the KZN jamiat as my only source, subsequent research has revealed a host of alternative viewpoints.

Bilal said...

@unaiza:
will @ SUIT- excuse my ignorance but I dont get that..
I have noticed that many people are not cool with the idea- but I hope as we talk about it more it will become more 'normal'...

@zoe:
You really think you wont? I hope you never have to be in that situation, but I'm happier knowing you also willing to give.
Thanks once again. And I have kinda decided what to do with the money.
[Now why must you be all flirty this week- didnt you see the Global Muslim blog:p]

@lady:
Lol- a heart with cracks:) Thats harsh- but maybe true:p
I've just found out that over a dozen people could benefit from just one persons body! Life is sacred- esp for Muslims...

@insipid:
Bro- did you ask mummy first:p
Thanks for the cliche- I plan to do so as well very soon- at the hospital very often so not a problem- just hope this exam stress doesn't do much damage!

@saaleha:
*sigh*

There is difference of opinion- that's the beauty of Islam. But I think things may change- if you look back in recent history, blood transfusions were not allowed until recently. As medicine advances, people adapt!
Even the ultra-orthodox, who for many years didnt allow the Azaan to be called over the loud speaker- now its the norm...
Good article hey!!

Ali la Loca said...

I am a proud organ donor!

At least in the US, where I had to tick a box on my driver's license application and now a little heart appears in the corner of the card so that the authorities know, just in case I'm in an accident, that I want my organs to go to save another life.

Here in Mozambique, however, where I never use my US driver's license, I wonder what would happen. Likely my organs wouldn't be donated... Or maybe they would. There are always rumors here about black market human organ trade. Who knows. Scary!

Ahmed said...

Maybe I'll change my mind later but right now I'm not quite ready or wanting to sign up as an organ donor. Though I admit I would accept one if I needed it. The exception being if it was someone I knew personally than I'd definitely step up and donate if possible.

Zahira said...

Who me dirty no never ;)
The recieving part hasnt been so hot with me but giving was always gud :)

zingtrial said...

Salaam,Brother Bilal hope you are well.I am a doner.Where in Islam does it say you can't save life?He is a muslim who helps others.He!He!He! good post my friend
Thanks for sharing.:) .
Wish you well

queen_Lestat said...

Good luck with the exams. Organ donation, hmmm...I dunno hey, I think I watch and read too much sci fi and fantasy so I shudder to wonder...

Bilal said...

@ali la loca:
Good to hear that! May God bless you with a long life...
The problem is that not enough people give their organs willingly, thus we have black market trade!

@ahmed:
Hope you do change your mind. Just think about it for a while first- and read about the many stories of people who have been saved...

@zoe:
Hey, I said flirty- not filthy:p
Hope you also never need to receive any...

@zingtrial:
Wslm. Glad to hear that! I think that over time it will be the Muslim thing to do as well...

@queenie:
Thanks. Think about it- and get others to think about it too...

zee said...

personally i see nothing wrong with organ donation and organ transplants...

but thats just my opinion

The K-man said...

I agree with zee, I also dont see anything wrong with organ donations and transplants if they are conducted under strict guidelines and are not done in exchange for money

K

Farhana said...

salam.
i dont know how i feel about organ transplants. but i definitely agree with you about ppl taking it eagerly, but giving a transplant to others is always done hesitantly. butttttt i was wondering how you have time to comment on so many blogs, write long posts, and reply back to the ppl who leave you comments. u seem like a really busy guy, or am i wrong?
wsalam

Faaiq said...

do things for the love of ur Creator. he will guide u if ur intentions are amiable.
Bilal is a very busy guy... quite the admirable character

brotherhood said...

brave (and generous) are those who donate their organs :)

'liya said...

Hey, if I'm dead, I'm not going to be needing those lungs/heart/bone/whatever! I'd donate because I know that in some places people are in desperate need to different parts that just aren't available.. and if I were in that position, I'd definitely appreciate someone who would donate to me.

almira said...

Very nice quote with the picture, how true that is. Im a organ donor, at least thats what is said on my liscence. :) Good post!

Bilal said...

@zee:
Most people don't have a problem- but we need to become organ donors ourselves and raise the issue with all those around us...

@K-Man:
Cool- see my comment to zee...

@farhana:
Slmz:)
Well, I am an extremely busy guy- but I try to have balance:P

@faaiq:
Thanks for the kind words- and I'm sure the same can be said about you...

@brotherhood:
True. Are you also going to be one of the many who now sign up to donate their organs?!

@'liya:
My sentiments exactly. I suppose its just a matter of time before your opinion is the popular one!

@almira:
Thanks:)
Good to know. I hope to be one too! Soon...

cellardoor said...

saw road 2 guntanamo whe it was aired over here, and saw a follow up interview of the guys. they r soooo strong - i don't know what i would have done if i were in their place - it made me sooo angry!!

[a}ma said...

i'd already asked my parents to let me donate a couple of yrs ago, just in case..

i learned about some family friends whose daughter'd die without....it motivated me. my great-aunt, too, died a few months ago due to this prob.

Bilal said...

@cellardoor:
really cool aren't they. in a way i think they are lucky to have had such an awesome life-chaning experience;)
whether i could have handled it- i dont know...

@a}ma:
Not sure what your name is supposed to be:)
And I think its a very noble, if not THE MOST, act to do!