Is Donating Blood Permissible?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I am thinking of donating blood but before making any appointments I want to know if it is permissible?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

It would be permissible for you to donate blood to institutes like blood banks that utilize it for cases of medical need and necessity as long as it is safe for you to do so.

Although the default ruling is that blood transfusions are not permitted because blood is (a) part of the human body and (b) filthy, classical jurists made an exception when there was genuine need. [Fatawa al-Hindiya (5:355)]

[Ustadh] Salman Younas

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.

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