Pakistan’s Constitutional Body Decrees Organ Transplant ‘Un-Islamic’Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani (C) addresses a press conference in Islamabad. (FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), a constitutional body, has decreed that Islam does not permit organ transplantation since it finds no mention in Islam's holy book, the Quran.

The CII and the Wafaq ul Madaris al-Arabia, a powerful federation of Islamic seminaries in Pakistan, have been quoted by ANI as saying they are opposed to a government-sponsored bill to regulate organ and tissue transplants in the country. The two bodies said they'll take the issue to court.

The two bodies termed the bill "unconstitutional" and added that under the Islamic Sharia, it was "worthless". They hold that any practice not sanctioned in the Quran -- said to be revealed by God to Prophet Muhammad through Gabriel, the angel, more than 13 centuries ago -- is un-Islamic.

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