On October 16, Muslims will be celebrating Eid ul Adha, Islam’s most important holiday, commemorating the sacrifice and obedience of the great patriarch, Prophet Abraham. It is observed at the heels of the month of Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca), the largest communal gathering of mankind in the world.
As Muslims in America set out for the festivities, they are mindful of the somber and tragic happenings in the world. As some Muslims resort to violence in the name of Islam and commit acts of terrorism, their hateful actions tarnish the beautiful and peaceful message of Islam. As terror groups within Muslim communities mushroom around the world, their barbarism is increasingly leaving non-Muslims skeptical about Islam and its adherents.
Thus, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA undertook a grand initiative in 2011 to demonstrate what Islam stands for –not just with words; rather it organized an outstanding communal display of compassion, humility and sacrifice nationwide. Its members galvanized a grassroots campaign ‘Muslims for Life’ to collect 10,000 units of blood to commemorate the innocent lives lost of 9/11 on its 10th anniversary. This year, the goal has been bumped up to 12,000 units that will save 36,000 lives.
The spirit of ‘Muslims for Life’ lingers beyond 9/11 and it is in essence a tribute to all the innocent lives lost at the hands of terrorism. Two horrific tragedies in the past few months – the Boston bombings and the recent Westgate Mall attacks in Kenya mandate that Muslims need to – more than ever before - counter the barrage of terrorism and vehemently condemn the atrocities.
In South Florida, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will be gathering next week to celebrate Eid ul Adha. However, they will be enhancing the true spirit of this festival - sacrifice - by donating blood. A series of ‘Muslims for Life’ blood drives have been scheduled in this month and community members are urged to make a difference by donating blood at any one of the following locations:
Friday October 11th
Jackson Memorial Hospital - Alamo Park, 11 am-5 pm,
1611 NW 12th Ave, Miami, FL 33136
Wednesday October 16th - Eid-ul-Adha
Bait -ul-Naseer Mosque, 10am-3pm
208 NW 7th Ct,Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.
Wednesday- Friday October 23-25
FAU - Boca Raton Campus, 11 am- 9 pm
777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431