Ahmadi Muslims in the Washington, DC. are holding “Muslims for Life” campaign on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 8am until 2pm at the Rayburn House Office Building
It’s the third year the organization has held the drive. Muslim chapters across the U.S. during that time have held 906 blood drives and collected 33 thousand bags of blood.
This nationwide campaign is being held by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA in solemn remembrance of the lives lost 10 years ago. All 71 chapters of the community in 50 cities will host blood drives during the month of September, with the goal of collecting 10,000 bags of blood that can save as many as 30,000 lives.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is partnering with numerous community and religious groups, including the American Red Cross, America’s Blood Centers and many other Muslim and non-Muslim organizations. You can learn more about the campaign and find a blood drive near you by visiting http://www.MuslimsforLife.org.
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To honor victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community started the Muslims for Life Campaign, a nationwide blood drive. The blood drive will take place in the MSC on Thursday and Friday.
“The purpose behind launching the campaign was to honor the victims of 9/11 and to raise awareness about one basic teachings of Islam — that life is sacred,” said Naila Mubashir, a member of a women’s group associated with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Mubashir helps organize local blood drives under the Muslims for Life Campaign.
“It provides me an opportunity to let others know that Islam is a religion of peace, it is a religion of loyalty and it is a religion of helping everyone irrespective of their backgrounds,” Mubashir said.
Mubashir said the campaign has posted ads on metros and subways and gone door-to-door to spread their message. She said it’s important to note that the actions of organizers aren’t politically motivated — it is a religious duty of Islam to love and be loyal the homeland they live in.
“We are trying to bring out some positive attention to Islam,” said Kamal Rahman, a graduate student at A&M and coordinator for the blood drive. “We believe that our religion was hijacked and the word ‘Islam’ has been misused to represent something else.”
Rahman said he draws inspiration from a Qur’an teaching that reads, “If anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all humanity.” He hopes to spread the positive view of his religion as well as the idea of living in harmony with others.
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