… while the original owner of said organs is alive and kicking.
A translation of the original document, which is in Arabic and has the form of a fatwa, or religious ruling, may be viewed further down. It explains that “taking organs from a living captive to save a Muslim’s life, even if it is fatal for the captive, is permissible.”
If that is not sufficiently horrifying, the fatwa gets grislier, noting that cannibalizing an apostate’s flesh is permissible as a life-saving measure:
The jurists of the Shafi’i and Habali schools and others permitted, when necessary, the killing of the infidel combatant or the apostate should one need to consume their flesh for the purpose of saving one’s life. [TC: the author cites text written by the Imam al-Nawawi, an Islamic scholar, on the legitimacy of killing the infidel fighters and apostates and eating them.]
This provision under Islamic law is, in fact, the “legal” grounds for transplanting organs from living donors:
If the jurists had permitted, when necessary, the consumption of human flesh as a means to counter death or harm, then it is even more appropriate to transplant of [sic] organs from the apostate to the Muslim to save the life of the latter. This is especially the case since it was ruled that the apostate’s life and organs are not protected. On the contrary, the apostate’s life and organs don’t have to be respected and may be taken with impunity.
Reuters also notes that the document is “raising concerns that the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts” as another income stream.
The document is not only a window into the sick mind of the Islamic State but of the folly of refusing to understand the nature of the enemy and insisting, as the Obama administration stubbornly does, that the West is not at war with radical Islam.
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