On Sunday, September 8th, 2019, the Kidney Health Education and Research Group held a collaborative event at the Al Falah Islamic Center in Oakville, alongside the presence of the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Trillium Gift of Life Network regarding Organ Donation and Transplantation in Islam.
The event began with Imam/Doctor Nazir Khan educating attendees on the permissibility of organ donation through an Islamic lens. He also explained Sharia law (Islamic laws) to dismantle common misbeliefs Muslims have regarding organ donation. Dr. Istvan Mucsi followed with an informative presentation on kidney health and the outlook of organ donation and transplantation in Canada. Attendees were able to directly see data and shocking statistics regarding the inequalities Muslims specifically face in access to transplantation.
Patient stories shared by Nezamudeen Khan and Maariyah Rahman, both of whom had an organ transplant, touched the hearts of all, and truly emphasized “the gift of life” and how it works in miraculous ways. This also further probed the interest of many during the question and answer panel with Imam/Dr. Khan, Dr. Mucsi, Dr. Viqar Khan, and Dr. Abdul Aziz Walele. Overall, the successful event concluded with attendees learning more about kidney health, and living and deceased organ donation and transplantation!
Written by: Aysha Afzal