A hardliner imam who opposes organ transplants and abortions, and believes homosexuality is 'unnatural', is being employed by the NHS to work as a Muslim chaplain.
Sheikh Suliman Gani has been working as a Muslim chaplain at St George's Hospital in Tooting, South London, for the past three years.
He offers spiritual and ethical advice to Muslim and non-Muslim patients and their families as one of seven paid chaplains employed by the hospital.
It is estimated that Imam Gani may have received as much as £50,000 in salary over the past three years.
But an investigation by the Mail on Sunday has revealed that the cleric is a staunch opponent of organ transplants, even when it is required to save lives.
He has held a number of debates on TV channels with fellow Islamic theologians, where he opposed organ donation, despite mainstream Muslim belief that it is perfectly lawful.
Mr Gani has also been on television describing homosexuality as 'unnatural', and he opposes abortion. Mr Gani has also described women as 'subservient' to men, and said that they should never become leaders.
A Muslim leader who knows Mr Gani said that it is dangerous for him to be working as a hospital chaplain in an institution that saves lives with organ transplant operations.
The Muslim leader, who does not want to be named, said: 'Suppose someone comes to him for ethical advice on whether they or their relative should have a heart or a liver transplant.
'His advice could be no, and they could act on it. This is dangerous and irresponsible, and also wrong, as Muslim scholars have said organ transplant is perfectly permissible.'
Mr Gani appeared on a Channel 4 talk show called Sharia TV in 2007, as a Muslim panellist along with two other Islamic clerics.
But whereas the other clerics supported organ transplants, Mr Gani said: 'A person who is dead, his organs, every part of his body is also sacred, it's not allowed, the concept [organ donation] can be desecration of the body.
'The cutting up, all of this need to be discussed, meaning, even if he is dead, the soul has left the body, we are not allowed to use any part of his body.'
He added: 'If a person wants to give his organ, he needs to know that the organ does not belong to him, it is an amana [given in trust from God], it is not allowed.'
On the same programme, he described women as 'subservient' to men, and said: 'Any countries that entrust their affairs in the hands of women will not be successful.'
Mr Gani appeared on another show called the Big Debate on a satellite channel called Islam Channel, where he vehemently opposed organ donation.
Imam Ajmol Masroor, who debated with him, said: 'I argued with him till blue in the face that organ donation is lawful, but he did not agree. I believe organ transplants is perfectly lawful in Islam because it saves lives, and the Koran says, he who saves one life, it's as if he saves the whole of humanity.'
In 2010, Mr Gani appeared on a Channel 4 programme called 4Thought, where he spoke of his opposition to homosexuality.
'Recently I was involved in another Channel 4 documentary, “Make me a Muslim”, where I journeyed with a homosexual sharing views and opinions.'
Sheikh Suliman Gani
He said on the programme: 'Sometimes I always, maybe joking, say, God Almighty created Adam and Eve, and not Adam and Steve.
'If somebody does come to me and say that they have this inclination [homosexuality], then I will say think about the consequence of your action, how harmful it is for yourself and the society at large.
'Abstain from that unnatural act, and you make that firm resolution that you will never return to that action again.'
St George's Hospital has a high number of homosexual patients, as it has a busy HIV clinic. Last night, Mr Gani defended his views.
He said in a statement: 'I hold my view according to my understanding and reading of Islamic theology which is similar to hundreds and thousands of scholars around the world.
'In my hospital work, I am trained to be impartial, to be sensitive and to not impose my views on others.
'I do support families and mention both valid views on organ transplants to them and let them decide. The leaflet is made available to them to make their own choices.'
He added: 'On abortion, my Roman Catholic colleagues in the hospital hold views that are not too dissimilar to my own. In fact, the RC position is much stricter than the Islamic view where each case is to be assessed individually.
'Recently I was involved in another Channel 4 documentary, “Make me a Muslim”, where I journeyed with a homosexual sharing views and opinions. We both welcomed the opportunity for engagement and dialogue.'
A spokesman for St George's Hospital said: 'Imam Suliman Gani has been working in the chaplaincy at St George's under a part-time arrangement for three years. In that time we have never received a formal complaint about his behaviour.'
But a source said that the hospital is now looking at the evidence that our investigation has uncovered.
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