Source/Credit: Muslims For Life
By Imran Jattala | June 25, 2011
Headquartered in Silver Springs, MD, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of the United States (AMC-USA) is set to launch its largest-to-date blood drive in the community’s 90-years history in the US.
The organization aims to collect at least 10,000 units of blood on September 11, 2011 in memory of the innocent lives lost at the World Trade Center in New York a decade ago.
“Our goal is to hold blood drives all across the US in all our mosques and centers,” said the organizers in their website statement on “MuslimsForLife.Org.
The organization will also hold blood drives in association with other like-minded organizations, who, according to AMC-USA, are “dedicated to serving humanity at their locations.”
The 'Muslims for Life' campaign aims to spread the simple message that according the Muslim Holy Book, the Holy Qur'ān, “whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all humanity” (5:33).
According to AMC-USA, the Holy Qur’ān teaches that life is sacred and reaffirms the Biblical teachings that whosoever unjustly kills a single person; it shall be as if he had killed all mankind. “You kill not the life which God has made sacred,” the Holy Qur'ān declares in chapter 6, verse 152.
Muslims for Life organizers remind that the Holy Prophet Muhammad, in his Farewell Pilgrimage address, said: "Even as this month, land, and day of Pilgrimage are holy, so has God made the blood, property and honor of every human being sacred."
"Be kind and merciful to all humanity, for all are His creatures,” the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, has taught his followers. “Do not oppress them with your tongue, hands, or in any other ways. Always work for the good of humanity."
As of this date 28 Ahmadiyya Muslim nationwide locations have announced for the local blood drives towards the campaign.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the oldest and longest running American-Islamic organization, marking 2010 as their 90th year in America. This Community of Muslims who believe in the Messiah is the sole international Islamic organization to fully endorse a separation of church and state, to condemn terrorism in word and action, and to fully express loyalty to the country in which we reside.