Today was the kickoff for the “Muslims for Life” campaign at the Baet-ul-Jaamay Mosque in Glen Ellyn. The campaign is a nationwide initiative created by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to bring a message of peace and sanctity of all human life.
“Terrorists have painted an untrue picture of Muslims,” said Harris Zafar, spokesman for the Chicago West Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Society. “As we approach the tenth anniversary, (of Sept. 11) we thought the best thing to do… in remembrance of those who lost their lives, is to collect blood.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is holding blood drives at 130 donation sites across the nation with the hopes of collecting 10,000 bags of blood — which would equal saving 30,000 lives.
In Glen Ellyn, the Baet-ul-Jaamay Mosque, 2S510 Route 53, will hold a blood drive and an interfaith prayer service on Sept. 11 to honor those who lost their lives.
“This program is built on blood (to save lives), but the broader purpose is to engage in dialogue. If you can’t give blood, attend the interfaith prayer service,” Zafer said.