Rambam Forum

Islamic Sunni Mainstream Opinions on Compensation to Unrelated Live Organ Donors

Ahmad Natour and Shammai Fishman


This article focuses on contemporary Islamic attitudes towards the question of compensation to a non-relative live organ donor. This article presents the history of the debate on organ transplantation in Islam since the 1950s the key ethical questions. It continues by presenting the opinions of the main-stream ulema such as Tantawi and Qaradawi. The article ends with a conclusion that there must be no compensation made to a non-related live organ donor even a symbolic gift of honor (ikramiyya).

Rambam Maimonides Med J 2011;2(2):e0046