Organ donation can obviously do a lot of good, but I caution clients about the possible downsides of providing such permission and how they relate to end of life instructions. Concerns range from Obamacare-inspired death panels in our future, or possible black market tentacles extending from such places as China, Egypt, and now apparently the emerging caliphate, the Islamic State:
The Islamic State’s religious scholars have ruled that taking the organs of non-Muslims is permissible under Islamic law to save the life of a Muslim, because killing apostates to eat their flesh has previously been allowed.The revelation comes in a January 2015 document that was capured by U.S. special forces in Syria in May and obtained by Reuters.The news agency posted a U.S. government translation of the document attributed to the Islamic State’s research and fatwa committee.Allah almighty knows what’s best and knows what’s right and what is wrong and there is evidence from texts and Islamic principles and laws supporting the notion that transplanting organs from an apostate’s body into a Muslim body in order to save the latter’s life or replace a damaged organ with it is permissible, the document reads.
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David R. Duringer, JD, LL.M, is a concealed firearm instructor and tax lawyer specializing in business and estate planning. He is managing shareholder at Protective Law Corporation, serving Southern California from its Laguna Hills (Orange County) headquarters and a satellite office in Coronado (San Diego County).
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