Muslims Should Give
Muslims are encouraged to give if they have the means to do so and we as a community are very giving and extremely charitable. How can we not give when Allah (SWT) and His Prophet (SAW) have prescribed us to do so? There are plenty of verses in the Qur’an that explain and mention the endless rewards in giving to the needy. Allah SWT mentions in the Holy Qur’an: “Believe in Allah and His Messenger and spend out of that in which He has made you successors. For those who have believed among you and spent, there will be a great reward.” (Surat al-Hadid, 57:7)
Our pious predecessors have also been an inspiration to us when it comes to giving. We know the famous story about Abu Bakr Siddique (RA) and Umar ibn al-Khattab (RA), who competed in giving in the path of Allah (SAW). We see the best of the best who would give everything they possessed, in Abu Bakr’s case, to only to seek Allah’s pleasure.
However, the purpose of this article is not to ask you to donate more from your wealth, rather the reason is to highlight why Muslims should give blood. How many of us have ever considered donating blood? How many of us have actually managed to donate? And if I was to ask how many of us have donated money in the path Allah, guaranteed the numbers would be far greater. Sadly, there are not enough Muslims who donate blood despite our growing population in the UK who need it.
We know that there are significant rewards in saving a life or even helping another fellow human being whether they are Muslim or not. Allah clearly states in the Holy Qur’an:
“…..whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely…..”
[Surat al-Ma’idah, 5:32]
Despite having a large population in the UK, we merely have 4% of people who donate blood regularly. The figure is even lower for British Muslims with many confused whether it is permissible to give blood or not. There needs to be a bespoke campaign run by Muslims nationwide to encourage the community to come forward and donate blood. We saw in 2003, only 230 Muslims came forward to give blood, that’s less than 0.02% of the UK Muslim population. In just England, there are about 8,000 blood transfusions taking place every day and therefore blood donations are paramount to helping those that are in need of it.
We often see publicity to donate blood and I’m sure we feel or even intend to give blood one day. Unfortunately, we become lazy and that day never seems to come. It may seem like a difficult process and time consuming but it’s totally to the contrary. Think of the reward and the smiles you’ll put to a loved one’s face, trust me I know. I was guilty of the same carelessness.
With our busy lives donating blood doesn’t feature high on our agenda until the issue comes knocking on our own door step. Until Qadr of Allah, earlier last year my beloved mother was diagnosed with bone marrow disease. As a result, her body is unable to produce white blood cells hence she requires blood transfusion regularly. Every time her blood count has dipped we’ve seen her very weak, she feels dizzy, very ill, and unable to do anything. She gets upset with herself as she feels she is unable to worship her Lord properly. In addition, she gets demoralised as she is unable to go out and be involved in Islamic work that she’s used to doing.
Alhamdullilah, my mother had the blood transfusion several times and feels better for a while post the transfusion. She will need to continue to have the transfusion even more regularly now because of her condition until we can think about chemotherapy. Unfortunately, due to her old age and other illnesses she suffers, her body will not cope with a bone marrow transplant. However, speaking to consultants at the Haematology department at UCLH, London, if she was in a state to do so, it would be difficult to find a match as there are not enough Asians and Muslims that come forward to donate neither bone marrow nor blood (and she does not have any siblings).
I thank Allah (SWT) and pray that He gives my mother a long life and that she can go strong despite her condition but I am also thankful and indebted to the person(s) who donated the blood, without their donation I don’t know what my mother’s health would have been like now.
It is crucial for us not only to give from the wealth that Allah (SWT) has bestowed upon us but also from the other amanaahs He has blessed us with. So my brothers and sisters I would like to request for you to take some time in reflecting on the following points. As Muslims we need to take a lead on driving awareness around i) permissibility in donating blood and bone marrow (providing it is not harmful to one) and ii) registering to give blood.
More information and how to donate blood visit The National Blood Service www.blood.co.uk
More information and how to register to donate bone marrow visit British Bone marrow Registry
BY: NAZMUL TOROPDAR