Ahmadiyya Muslims respond to Vegas Massacre by organizing blood drives & joining vigils

Source: https://firenewsfeed.com/news/566343


When disaster erupts and devastates a community, members of one lesser-known Islamic sect often are among those who are quick to show up.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hold up a banner at a prayer vigil hosted by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and other faith leaders at City Hall Monday evening. (Photo courtesy of Azam Akram and Rizwan Ahmad.)

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hold up a banner at a prayer vigil hosted by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and other faith leaders at City Hall Monday evening. (Photo courtesy of Azam Akram and Rizwan Ahmad.)

This week, after the Las Vegas shooting, dozens of Ahmadiyya Muslims came together to help organize blood drives and join in vigils.

The response was nothing new for Chicago-based imam, Azam Akram,  Rizwan Ahmad of Milwaukee, and other members of the group, founded 128 years ago by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad who claimed to be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Followers consider it part of their duty to appear wherever social strife and tragedy strikes, be it riots in response to alleged police misconduct in Ferguson, Missouri, or the San Bernardino and Orlando terror attacks.

Akram said he and Ahmad arrived in Las Vegas Monday afternoon — hours after the shooting that left 58 victims dead — and organized about 70 members of the local Ahmadiyya community to participate in blood drives and several vigils held in different parts of the city.

“When we have the opportunity to come out, show support and help, we should do that,” he said. “We are Americans too. We are as hurt and as heartbroken as everyone else.”

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