Project Hayat Imams Training
The Islamic Council of Victoria in conjunction with the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) and Project Hayat organised an Imams training session as to better prepare our Arabic speaking leaders to address questions from the Muslim community about organ and tissue donation.Islamic leaders from ANIC, the Board of Imams, Victoria University, Virgin Mary Mosque, ICV, Islamic Relief and Sunshine Mosque attended the training session to learn more about the medical process of organ donation and transplantation.The recently published fatwah, by the Grand Mufti of Australia Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, about the Islamic permissibility of organ and tissue donation was also revealed at the training session.
Virgin Mary Mosque’s Sheikh Issa Mussa said Islam was not a back-minded religion:
“Islam is progressive and is relevant to today. Organ donation and saving lives is very important to us and we should be actively talking about this within our communities.”
Sheikh Issa was on the panel of Imams who advised the Grand Mufti during the consultation period of his fatwah on organ and tissue donation, which was released in March this year.
Monash Health Medical Donation Specialist Dr Gopal Taori, who ran a similar workshop for Turkish speaking imams late last year, said it was very important for our community leaders to be informed on such an important topic.
“Imams are the gatekeepers of the Muslim community – it is vital you know enough to advise on this topic,” Dr Taori said.