Muslim Group Partners With Red Cross to Collect Over 120 Pints of Blood at U.S. Capitol Hill to Honor 9/11 Victims

Nationwide “Muslims for Life” campaign holds over 400 blood drives with goal of collecting 11,000 pints of blood

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA received bipartisan support this week for its 9/11 memorial blood drives at the Rayburn and Cannon congressional buildings as part of its nationwide “Muslims for Life” campaign.  The campaign commemorates the 11thanniversary of 9/11 by collecting 11,000 pints of blood and by spreading the message that Islam emphasizes the sanctity of all human life.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers voiced their strong support for the blood drives. Participants included: U.S. Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI), U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) and U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). 

“There is a searching in this country to see what is the best way to remember the tragedy of 9/11,” said U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman. “The appropriate response is with brotherhood and a rejection of death, violence and bigotry.  There is simply nothing more life affirming and no greater way to reject the philosophies of hate than to hold a blood drive.  I want to commend ‘Muslims for Life’ but especially the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA for putting this campaign together.  It is an inspiration for all Americans who are seeking ways to remember 9/11.” 

“This is a wonderful project.  Out of a tragedy some good has come,” said U.S. Congressman Tom Petri. “Now for a second year, thousands of pints of blood have been donated all across the United States, and the effort continues.  People are living their religion and doing good works.  Actions speak louder than words.”

“In remembering and honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11 through the ‘Muslims for Life’ blood drive, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has once again shown leadership in uniting people of all faiths, in a gesture of giving,” said U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf. “I appreciate the work you have done and continue to do to promote religious freedom and tolerance not only here in the U.S. but throughout the world.”

In the end, over 120 donors participated in the blood drives on Capitol Hill.  Through this campaign, the Community has organized over 400 blood drives in over 200 U.S. cities to save as many as 33,000 American lives.

 “The perpetrators of the horrific attacks on our country 11 years ago do not represent Islam or Muslims,” says Naseem Mahdi, Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, who is overseeing the campaign. “Islam values all human life and fundamentally stands for peace. Through this campaign, we illustrate that the only blood we shed is to save lives.” 

Contact:
Amjad Mahmood Khan, National Director of Public Affairs
amjad.khan@ahmadiyya.us
951-544-2835

About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is among the oldest American-Muslim organizations.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is the first American-Muslim organization. Its journal, The Muslim Sunrise, is among the earliest and longest running American-Muslim periodicals. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the leading Islamic organization to categorically reject terrorism in any form. More than a century ago, Ahmad emphatically declared that the doctrine of violent jihad goes against the teachings of the Holy Quran and the practice of the Holy Prophet of Islam. Instead, his advent as Messiah ushered in a new era of tolerance, dialogue and prayers. To that end, Ahmad penned more than 80 books and thousands of letters, delivered countless lectures, and engaged in public debates and prayer duels in an intellectual and spiritual campaign to defend the honor of Islam. Following the example of The Messiah, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community continues to spread Islam’s true teachings of moderation and restraint with compassion, patience and prayers, in the face of bitter opposition from the Muslim world. Similarly, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the leading Islamic organization to endorse a separation of mosque and state. Over a century ago, Ahmad taught his followers to protect the sanctity of both religion and government by becoming righteous souls as well as loyal citizens. He cautioned against irrational interpretations of Quranic pronouncements and misapplications of Islamic law. He continually voiced his concerns over protecting the rights of God’s creatures. Today, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community continues to be an advocate for universal human rights and protections for religious and other minorities. It champions the empowerment and education of women. Its members are among the most law-abiding, educated, and engaged Muslims in the world. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the foremost Islamic organization with a central spiritual leader. Over a century ago, Ahmad reminded his followers of God’s promise to safeguard the message of Islam through khilafat (the spiritual institution of successorship to prophethood). The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that only spiritual successorship can uphold the true values of Islam and unite humanity. Five spiritual leaders have succeeded Ahmad since his demise in 1908. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s fifth and current spiritual head, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, resides in the United Kingdom. Under the leadership of its spiritual successors, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has now built more than 15,000 mosques, more than 500 schools, and more than 30 hospitals. It has translated the Holy Quran into more than 70 languages. It propagates the true teachings of Islam and the message of peace and tolerance through a 24-hour satellite television channel (MTA), the Internet (alislam.org) and print (Islam International Publications).

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I want to commend 'Muslims for Life' but especially the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA for putting this campaign together. It is an inspiration for all Americans who are seeking ways to remember 9/11.
Rep. Brad Sherman (CA)
This is a wonderful project. Out of a tragedy some good has come
Rep. Tom Petri (WI)
In remembering and honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11 through the ‘Muslims for Life’ blood drive, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has once again shown leadership in uniting people of all faiths, in a gesture of giving
Rep. Frank Wolf (VA)