To honor the victims of 9/11 on its 11th anniversary, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has launched the second annual “Muslims for Life,” a nationwide campaign to collect 11,000 units of blood to reiterate the message that Islam values the sanctity of life. The blood drives will be held this year from August 11 to September 11 at all our mosques and prayer centers across the nation, and in collaboration with other community organizations.
Muslims for Life in 2011
With the guidance, directions, prayers and support of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah strengthen him with His Mighty Support, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA had launched its first Muslims for Life Campaign, a nationwide campaign with the goal to collect 10,000 units of blood in the month of September 2011. This campaign was launched to honor the victims of 9/11 on its 10th anniversary and to tell everyone that Islam is a life-giving faith that teaches that all life is sacred. God be praised, we were able to collect a total of 11,803 pints of blood and thus exceed our goal in 2011.
We are grateful to God and to all those who joined with us and helped us achieve, nay exceed our goal. The unity and loving demonstration of one-ness that we all felt throughout the country as we worked on this life-giving project was the best reward.
Terrorists caused death and destruction on Sept. 11, 2001. But they also hijacked the faith of Islam. By painting a violent, militant picture of the religion, terrorist extremists have created suspicion of all Muslims. But the truth is that terrorists do not represent Islam or Muslims.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has, since its founding, upheld the sanctity of all life as emphasized by Islam. The Holy Quran teaches that life is sacred and reaffirms Biblical teaching that whoever unjustly kills a single person is as if he had killed all of mankind; and whoever saves the life of one person is as if he has saved the life of all of humanity (5:33). In his Farewell Pilgrimage address, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) 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.”
In 2010, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community launched its “Muslims for Peace” campaign in the United States and the United Kingdom, with the goal of demonstrating that Muslims do stand for peace. The campaign included bus and billboard advertisements, interfaith dialogue events and distribution of flyers by our members door-to-door and in public areas.
The “Muslims for Life” campaign, whose goal is to collect enough blood to save 30,000 lives in honor of those who lost theirs on 9/11, is a natural continuation of the theme that Islam teaches peace and sanctity of all life.
We invite all Americans to join us as we collect blood, to demonstrate the true spirit of peace and collaboration—values that we hold dear in this country. Donate blood through one of our drives or help your organization work with us to coordinate a drive of your own.
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.