“I wanted to jump in because I have two sons who have survived cancer and there have been countless units of blood needed for their treatment,” said Aisha Sial, who recently assisted with a Red Cross blood drive in Seattle. For Aisha, ensuring a secure blood supply is very personal matter.
“I couldn’t donate blood for my own sons, but as a mom, I want to do everything I can to help,” she explained.
Every two seconds, someone needs blood. And donating blood can help save a life. Yet ensuring a consistent blood supply is a constant challenge. Knowing this, Aisha joined the campaign called Muslims for Life within her own religious community, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Recently, the Muslims for Life campaign joined forces with the local Red Cross to support blood donation events. Partners from Muslims for Life provide administrative back-up and help facilitate the donation process for blood donors.
“It’s yet another example of increasing our reach and impact through strong community partnerships,” said Morgan Beach. “In addition to the ongoing blood needs related to illness, we’ve experienced a series of tragedies in our own backyard that serve as compelling reminders of how precious a blood donation can be.”
On the most recent blood drive in at the Red Cross Northwest Regional headquarter, 25 units of blood were collected which is enough to save up to 75 lives. The next event will be held on December 18, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Those who live outside the Seattle area can find local blood donation events on redcrossblood.org.
The Seattle chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community feel this year’s Muslims for Life Campaign was highly successful. More than 400 units of blood, enough to save up to 1,200 lives, were collected in the Seattle metro area. “We are excited about helping our brothers and sisters in need and being part of the community,” said Kashif Zafar. “‘Love for All, Hatred for None'” are words we not only say but we believe and passionately act on.”
The Muslims for Life campaign launched in 2010, borne out of the 9/11 tragedy, with an initial goal to collect 10,000 units of blood. In the first four years, the campaign spearheaded and supported 1,074 blood drives and collected enough to help save more than 118,000 lives. Active and engaged in promoting blood drives, Aisha has helped establish an annual event on her sons’ high school calendar. As a Muslim she added, mobilizing around the blood donation campaign has great purpose: “It’s a way to demonstrate our respect for peace and show our love for life.”