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.
Saratoga After more than 200 blood drives in the month of September, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hopes to have collected at least 10,000 units of blood, which could save 30,000 people.
The national campaign, Muslims for Life, was launched by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA to honor the victims of 9/11 on its 10th anniversary. The organization is actually a community of Muslims that spans the world with branches in more than 195 countries, but locally, it’s a community of Muslims who consistently bridge religions.
“We are so blessed to be living in this beautiful nation of ours and we are so grateful that we have the opportunity to work and do good deeds with our very dear friends in the Jewish and Christian communities such as Temple Sinai … and mobilize our various communities to do good deeds and spread the message of love, peace and harmony,” said Tahira Khan, president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the local Ahmadiyya chapter.
A blood drive will be held at Temple Sinai at 509 Broadway in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 6 p.m. It’s an interfaith effort, with Temple Sinai, the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Rotterdam hosting the commemorative drive.
“We wanted to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragic attacks on our nation, and as members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, wanted to pay our respect and homage to the victims and their families by giving our own blood to save lives and to show what the true teachings of Islam are,” said Khan.
The sentiments of love, sacrifice, unity and peace are important pillars of Islam, said Khan.
“We have just completed the Holy month of Ramadan, which teaches us the importance of sacrifice of oneself and our ego and emphasizes the notion of unity and love for all, hatred for none, which is also the motto of our community,” said Khan.