The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all global activities. There seems to be no end to the spread of the virus in the foreseeable future. And so, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, of which I am a member, is partnering with the Red Cross to host nationwide blood drives as part of our "Muslims for Life" campaign. As a Muslim-American, I call on all my fellow Americans to participate and help save American lives.

As a Muslim, I believe that life is sacred. The Holy Qur'an (5:33) reaffirms the Abrahamic principle that whoever unjustly kills a single person is as if he had killed all of mankind, and whoever saves the life of one person is as if he has saved the life of all of humanity. In his Farewell Address, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "Even as this month, land and day of Pilgrimage are holy, so has God made the blood, property, and honor of every human being sacred."

His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, continuously guides us to foster universal love and peace, in part by emphasizing the supremacy of service to humanity. In one of his addresses, His Holiness states, "May Allah Almighty reward all those who understand the importance of serving others selflessly and who submit themselves for such service with the pure intention of lightening the burdens of humanity and seeking the pleasure of Allah the Almighty."

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The "Muslims for Life" campaign, whose goal is to collect blood and help save lives, is the embodiment of such Islamic principles. We're all in this together. I am grateful to those who joined us today to help save American lives. Our next blood drive will be on September 11, 2020 at our community center at 131 Wagaraw Road, Hawthorne, NJ 07506.

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