Tahira Khan (Ahmadiyya Muslim Community), Ronnie Silver ( Temple Sinai) and Elizabeth Meehan (PNEC Church) are representatives of three religions banding together to hold a blood drive to commemorate 9/11.
continued Khan said the Qur’an teaches that life is sacred, which mirrors a known Biblical teaching.
Events like the blood drive are just part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s ongoing effort to spread awareness about Islam and help people better understand it. It’s a mission that’s become increasingly critical since the 9/11 attacks evoked ignorance and misconceptions, said Khan.
“It is our mission to portray the beautiful religion of Islam in its true light. Unfortunately, Islam has been hijacked by terrorists who wish to subvert its peaceful message for their own political agenda,” said Khan. “We are here to reclaim our religion back and educate what the true teachings of Islam really are, which is simply [that] Islam means peace.”
The events of 9/11 affected the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in a huge way, said Khan.
“It made us realize that we needed to step up and shout even louder what the true teachings of Islam are, to help both Muslims and non-Muslims alike,” said Khan. “After the tragic events of 9/11, we were in acute stages of pain as these hijackers demolished people’s live, not only within New York City and around the world, but also destroyed the true teaching of Islam where terrorism is absolutely forbidden in any form.”
The blood drive will also offer a Double Red Blood Cell Donation procedure for those who are interested. The donation is done through a specialized machine that collects two separate red blood cell units at the same time and then returns the remaining blood components back to the donor. The Double Red Blood Cell Donation procedure makes a single donation go further.
For more information about the blood drive or campaign, visit www.musl