Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s official religious institution tasked with drafting edicts, issued a fatwa according to which human organ harvesting is “a violation of Sharia,” the London-based daily Arab newspaper a-Sharq al-Awasat reported on Sunday.

According to the edict, issued on Saturday, ripping out human organs from a live captive to transplant them in another body is prohibited, whether or not it endangers someone’s life.

While ISIS has long argued that Sharia permit harvesting organs of “apostate captives” to save Muslims’ lives, even if doing so would lead to captives’ death, an Egyptian cleric told a-Sharq al-Awasat: “It is only allowed to harvest organs from a dead body, since a live person is better than a dead one.”

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