“Indeed, God commands justice, doing good to others, as well as courtesy to close relatives. He forbids indecency, wickedness, and aggression. He instructs you so perhaps you will be mindful.” (16:90 )            “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward from God) for the one who establishes justice among people.” (al-Bukhari)            “And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that [with your lives] you may bear witness to the truth before all humankind. . .” (2:143)            “Dispensers of justice will be seated on pulpits of light beside God.” (Muslim)            “Do not spread corruption in the land after it has been set in order. And call upon Him with hope and fear. Indeed, Allah’s mercy is always close to the good-doers.” (7:56)           “Even an ant in its hole and fish (in the depth of water) invoke blessings on someone who teaches people goodness.” (al-Tirmidhi)            “O believers! Remain conscious of God, and be with those who are truthful in word and deed.” (9:119)           “God does not judge you according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts and observes your deeds.” (Muslim)            “The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.” (2:261)           “Charity does not diminish wealth.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Let there be a group among you who call ˹others˺ to goodness, encourage what is good, and forbid what is evil-it is they who will be successful.” (3:104)           “Avoid cruelty and injustice...and guard yourselves against miserliness, for this has ruined nations who lived before you.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Do not forget to show kindness to each other. Surely God observes your actions.” (2:237)           “(Allah) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “It is We who sent down this Reminder (al-Quran) and it is We who shall preserve it.” (15:9)           “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others).” (al-Bukhari)            “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (2:152)           “There are two blessings that many people lose -- health and free time for doing good.” (al-Bukhari)            “Say: 'O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls, do not despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.'“(39:53)           “Happy is the man who avoids dissension, but how fine is the man who is afflicted and shows endurance.” (Abu Dawud)            “And you love wealth with immense love.” (89:20)           “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but (it) is being content (with what one has).” (al-Bukhari)            “Every soul is held in pledge for its deeds.” (74:38)           “Make things easy and convenient and don't make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” (al-Bukhari & Muslim)           

Imam Elturk Joins Roundtable Discussion on Saving Lives Through Organ Donation

On October 28, 2021, hosted by Fox 2 News Reporter and Anchor, Josh Landon, Gift of Life Michigan broadcasted a virtual roundtable event titled “The Gift of Life – Michigan’s Faith Leaders Dialogue ”. This year marks 50 years that Gift of Life Michigan has been providing advocacy and education on organ and tissue donation. Gift of Life Michigan and local faith leaders are now teaming up to help spread the word within our community about this life saving gift.

Imam Steve Mustapha Elturk, Ameer and President of the Islamic Organization of North America, presented and discussed alongside other local faith community leaders the questions and concerns that often come up among members of the Muslim community in regards to being a Registered Organ Donor. Along with Imam Elturk, Artelia Grigg (Christian Deacon and mother of an organ donor), Raman Singh (Sikh community member and Chair of The Interfaith Leadership Council), L.J. Brazier (Chaplain at The University of Michigan Hospital),

Shama Mehta (Hindu Chaplain) and Rabbi Daniel Schwartz (Rabbi at The Temple Shir Shalom) all noted that members within each of their faith communities share common misunderstandings about being an organ donor and have questions about what is permissible in their particular faith.

Imam Elturk noted, when sharing the Islamic view on being a registered organ and tissue donor, that “We have this principle in Islamic jurisprudence: Whoever saves a life, it is as if he saves the entire humankind.”

Pilgrims supplicate at Hajj in Mecca, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy Steve Mustafa Elturk

This event may be viewed in its entirety at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc9yQQOvcJU.

To learn more about Gift of Life Michigan, organ and tissue donation, or to sign up to become a Registered Donor please visit https://giftoflifemichigan.org/. You may also register to become an organ and tissue donor at any Secretary of State office location by appointment or anytime online at https://www.michigan.gov/sos/.

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