WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2011 – The American Islamic Congress (AIC), in conjunction with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, announced today the launch of a nationwide “Muslims for Life” campaign, which aims to honor the 10th  anniversary of 9/11 and underscore the message that Islam emphasizes the sanctity of all life. Muslims for Life will host blood drives in each of its 71 chapters across the country, with the target of collecting 10,000 bags of blood during the month of September that can save 30,000 American lives.

Additional blood drives are being held at multiple sites in conjunction with various community organizations, including the American Red Cross and America’s Blood Centers.

“The nationwide blood drives organized by Muslims for Life is a poignant way to honor and commemorate the lives tragically lost on 9/11,” Abdel Maliky, Chief Operations Officer of AIC, said. “Saving lives is the most important purpose of this campaign and our participation in it. In the true spirit of Islam, saving one life is like saving the lives of all humankind.”

Thousands of volunteers across the nation are working to organize blood drives, hand out fliers and organize interfaith events to promote peace and the sanctity of life. Visit MuslimsforLife.org to find answers to frequently asked questions or locate a blood drive near you. For more information about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, visit MuslimsforPeace.org.


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