The Islamic Fiqh Council of the Muslim World League, in its seventeenth conference in Makkah al-Mukarramah, 2003 CE, discussed the topic of transplanting stem cells on the basis of the sources of these cells. The Council took the following decision: it is permissible to obtain stem cells and grow them, and use them for medical treatment or permissible scientific research, if the sources are permissible. That includes, for example, the following sources:

  • Adults if they have given permission and that will not cause any harm.
  • Children, if their guardians have given permission, if it is done for a legitimate purpose and without harm
  • Placentas and umbilical cords, with the permission of the parents.
  • Spontaneously aborted foetuses (i.e., miscarriage) or foetuses from abortions that were carried out for medical reasons permitted by sharee‘ah, with the permission of the parents.

*Reference Publication : 26-06-2011