Blood Donations Save Lives

By somayya | July 29, 2007
August 2007

Blood Donations Save Lives

by Somayya Gefori

Muslims can donate blood as charityI am now a regular blood donor, after recently donating blood for the second time.

In the UK, there is a blood donation service called NBS (National Blood Service), which is part of the NHS blood and organ transplants, (National Health Service). NBS collect donated blood all over the country, by organising donation sessions, usually in community centres. These are voluntary and donors are not paid. That’s what makes it a charity, it is clearly done out of the goodness of people’s hearts. Blood donors are urged to donate up to three times a year, with at least a 16-week gap in between each donation so that the blood and cells can regenerate.

Blood donations save lives. If a woman was giving birth and she had complications, like haemorrhaging, she could die without a blood transfusion. In Islam, saving a life is one of the best things a person can do.

Allah, the Almighty says: “…and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.” (Surat Al-Ma’dah: 32).

More ethnic minority people are needed to give blood, because people of an ethnic minority tend to have the rare blood types that are not common among white people. I myself have a rare blood type, AB Rhesus Positive. Only two in every hundred people have it.

The most common blood type is O. It’s very important to hospitals to have the rare blood types on hand, because a person with a rare blood type could lose blood in an accident, operation, etc and if there was no rare type blood to give that person, he could die, especially if he had lost a vast amount of blood.

Giving blood is charity, just like giving money to the poor. Both acts save lives. Blood donation is halal, because it harms neither the donor nor the recipient. One donation can go a long way, because the blood is divided into components: the red cells can be used for anaemia, kidney dialysis, during surgery etc; the plasma can be used for burn and shock victims. There are also platelets, which can be used for cancer and surgery. There are many more uses for the blood people donate, more than I have listed.

Everything is clean and sterile when you donate blood. Disposable, sterile needles are used for each donation. The area where the needle is to be used is cleaned with a sterile wet wipe.

Donating blood saves livesBefore you donate, a simple finger prick is done to check whether you are anaemic. A small drop of blood is collected in a pipette and put in a special solution of coloured water. If the blood drop sinks within 15 seconds, you are not anaemic. If the blood takes a long time to sink, or it floats, then it means you are anaemic, which is low iron in the blood. You are also asked simple health questions, and in addition they will test your blood to check for HIV, hepatitis B and C and syphilis. You are not allowed to donate if you have recently been to an area where malaria occurs.

So why not do what I have done and donate your blood? You usually don’t feel anything afterwards (at the most a small degree of light headedness that will pass quickly), except the nice warm feeling inside that comes from doing a good deed! You can donate blood all over the world, wherever you live, usually between the ages of 17 and 60 and at a healthy weight.

9 Responses to “Blood Donations Save Lives”

  1. Hafsa Says:
    July 30th, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Good article, masha’allah you are talented Somayya keep up the good work, hopefully you will sway people into action.

  2. Laylah Says:
    July 30th, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Gr8! Your tempting me to give some blood somaya, lol.

    very persuasive! and very well written.

    only the best compliments for best friends encouraging others to do their best.

  3. Sabah Says:
    July 31st, 2007 at 11:37 am

    salam somayya,

    Brill article mashaallah!!! uve got me considering giving blood, if i could get over my fear 1st.

  4. emmal Says:
    July 31st, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    u are very convincing and i think i should try the same ppl need our help

  5. Laura Says:
    August 3rd, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    Salam Somayya,

    Fantastic article on giving blood. You have encouraged me and you will encourage others to give blood too. Its definitely a worthwhile thing to do and to help others in need of blood.

  6. aminu da'u Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Tabarakallah,masha Allah.Thank 4 the good educating article.I have got to donate a pint of blood to save mankind.

  7. pOmpetleltrep Says:
    July 11th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Snx for you job!

  8. Chelsea M Heffner Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I was always afraid of donating blood because of how I would feel during and after the procedure. After reading this post and realizing the importance of donating blood, I think I’ll give this a try. I still wished needles didn’t hurt so much though.

  9. Krista Says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I want to donate but I have an extreme fear of needles and i get lightheaded just from a shot or the finger prick (also i have bad circulation so good luck getting a sample from my fingers)…I really want to but i’ve heard stories of kids at my school passing out and i’m confident i will too.


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