Is It Permissible to Donate Blood in Islam?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


There is this blood donation campaign, and I want to know whether we are allowed to give your blood only for donation purposes.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are well.

There are many answers and fatwas which allow donating and transfusing blood in cases of need and necessity, along with some conditions mentioned in the fatwa below.

It will not be permissible to use it for the purpose of beatification or merely gaining strength. It is also impermissible to buy and sell blood.

Today we see the establishment of blood banks where the blood of different people is stored and used whenever needed. The advantage of these banks is that it gives them an opportunity to store the different types of blood and then match it with the blood of the one in need.

From a Shariah perspective, it will not be permissible for one to sell his/her blood to the bank; rather it must be donated freely. Also, one must determine that his/her blood (and the blood in that particular bank) is only used in cases of need and necessity, and not for beautification purposes.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.