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North Jersey Muslims Blood Drive Draws Dozens of Donors

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many medical supplies are already facing a severe shortage.

During the holiday seasons, the need for blood units increase with many people taking vacations.

Therefore, a North Jersey-based Muslim community join a blood drive with the American Red Cross Sunday, December 27, reported.

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The blood drive, organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, is the second this year.

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Sunday’s event was a success, drawing 63 donors.

“When COVID-19 started, the Red Cross reached out all over the US saying they were in shortage of blood. We decided we should reach out to the Red Cross with whom we’ve been partnering for 10 years and have done several different blood drives,” said Ahmed Khawaja, Director of Public Affairs, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of North Jersey.

“We, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of North Jersey members, are here to support the Red Cross to get people to donate safely during this time of need,” said Khawaja.

Allah tells us that “If anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of the whole humanity.” Quran 5:32

Blood transfusion for medical purposes is permissible in Islam. Muslims should feed the hungry, take care of the sick, and save the lives of people.

It is also permissible to take blood from a non-Muslim and it is permissible to give blood to non-Muslims. These matters are related to human life.