Assalaamu Alykum. The BMA is inviting Muslims to join its blood drive and donate blood during the month of February. Details on the posters attached. Please pass this message around.
Allah and his Prophet has instructed us to carry out all good things. Allah says in the Quran:
And whatever good you do Allah is all aware of it. (Al-Baqara 215)
It is stated in a hadith narrated by Imam Muslim that the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wasallam said
Do not think of any good deed to be insignificant.
Even though the practice of donating blood did not exist at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (s), peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, several scholars have used the above verse, hadith and other such similar ahadith in which the general principle of helping others is mentioned to encourage Muslims to donate blood to help others who may be in need of it. Additionally, because in the past, medical technology did not permit blood to be taken from a person, properly stored and then given to another needy person, giving blood was an alien concept. There would have been no medical use for blood at that time and hence the only discussions of blood in the classical books of Fiqh were regarding its impurity. Blood would have been viewed as an impurity once it left the body. However, where necessity arises blood transfusion can be used for medical purposes. Hospitals are always in need in of a supply of blood to meet the ever increasing demands on limited quantities. There is always a call for blood to help build up blood banks. As a result of this constant need it is permissible, rather encouraged, to donate to blood.
Allah says in the Quran: Whosoever saves the life of a person it is as though he has saved the life of the whole mankind.