In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful
Report compiled by – Syed Shamshad Ahmad Nasir – Detroit, USA
The 9/11 attacks in the United States 19 years ago were certainly a great tragedy in which thousands of lives were lost and countless people were injured. The late President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA, Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad had written a letter of condolence to the then US President Mr. George Bush and Secretary of State, Mr. Colin Powell. In that letter, it was stated that Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is ready to donate blood in New York and Washington to save the lives of all the injured in this tragedy. This anniversary has been celebrated in the country for many years after 9/11 and has since launched a blood donation campaign called Muslims for Life. As such the National Public Affairs Department of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA organized nationwide drives in multiple cities across the US on September 11. As part of this initiative our local team in Detroit collaborated with the American Red Cross to setup a blood drive in Masjid Mahmood located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Additionally, a virtual live event was also scheduled on that day, which was attended by members of the Congress, National Vice President of American Red Cross, Missionaries of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA and the Vice President of Development, Humanity First, USA. The event was open to public and was broadcast live thru Zoom on Facebook.
The program began with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an and its translation by Dr. Khalid Minhas of Miami. After that, Respected Amjad Mahmood Khan, National Secretary Public Affairs for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA welcomed all the participants and introduced the program. He also mentioned that he joined it from California, where the worst forest fires were currently raging along with other surrounding states, and about 15,000 firefighters are working to put out the blaze. He described the tragedy of 9/11 and said that it was a very difficult time for everyone.
He was followed by Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-California), who thanked him for arranging the meeting and the blood drives. She commended the community’s service to the country and the nation and said that the community’s leadership was doing a great job. She thanked the Respected President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad. The Congresswoman further mentioned, “Your community has also opened a hospital in Guatemala to serve the people there, and in my district, you are distributing food to the poor every week, and your services are very important for the refugees. I also say that you are following the teachings of Islam properly while the country has many challenges and we need each other’s help.”
After Congresswoman Torres, Missionary Yahya Luqman of Washington delivered a speech. In his speech, he described the Islamic teachings regarding the service of humanity and the charitable work of the Holy Prophet(peace be upon him), and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
After that Mr. Paul Sullivan, Vice President, Red Cross USA, gave his remarks and briefed the public on the services of Red Cross. Following his speech, Mr. Thomson Rice (D-Texas) thanked and paid tribute to the services of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He was followed by Congressman Pete Aguilar (D – California). He also thanked the community for the blood donation and said, “For your selfless services I pay tribute to your entire community and I am very grateful to all of you for the honor you have given me. And if there is any service worthy of me, you will always find me ready.”
Congressman’s remarks were followed by a 5-minute video clip showing a glimpse of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s human services’ work on various occasions. The video featured many high-ranking US officials, including members of Congress who had kind comments for community’s work in this area.
After that Respected Amjad Mahmood Khan introduced this humble servant of Islam. This humble one attended the event from Masjid Mahmood in Detroit. Expressing regret over the 9/11 incident, this humble one said that it was not the tradition of our community to celebrate anniversaries and that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA had been declaring jihad against terrorism from day one whether this terrorism is individual, against a country, or against a group of people. There is no room for terrorism in Islam.
Islam is a religion of peace and the name of love and affection. That is why we say, love for all, hatred for none.
Secondly, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a divine community and is guiding the people towards the correct teachings of Islam in this age.
This humble one said that in 2010 two mosques of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan were attacked in the city of Lahore in which more than 90 people were killed on the spot and more than 100 were injured. Then our mosque was attacked at dawn in Mong Rasool in Pakistan and 9 people were killed while praying. Our Khalifa and spiritual leader taught us patience. According to Islamic teachings, we only say, “To Allah we belong and to Him shall we return”. No one’s anniversary was celebrated. Even now we are not celebrating an anniversary but as our then president of the community had issued a press release in which it was said that we will donate blood, since then we have been donating blood. This is not specific to any days, and we will continue to hold drives and donate blood as time and opportunity permit. And at the same time, we openly announce that if anyone needs our help at any time, let us know, we are here. We held interfaith meetings 19 years ago and prayed for the protection of the country and the nation. This humble one also read out the letter written by the then President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad.
After that Mr. Nasir Bukhari of Detroit who is the Local Secretary of Public Affairs and serves in the national team introduced Masjid Mahmood and showed the recently completed minaret of the Mosque. The blood drive which was in flight at the time was live streamed as part of the event.
On this occasion, Respected Majid Khan Sahib described the performance of Humanity First, America. Congresswoman Jackie Spear (D-California) lauded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s services, especially blood donation, and called for the continuation of such programs. At the end, Mr. Amjad Mahmood Khan also thanked everyone.
By the grace of Allah, this program was successful in every way.