The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is honoring the victims of 9/11 by holding blood donor clinics in Georgia to collect 1,500 units of blood. The goal is higher this year, which ups the ante. Last year's goal was 1,100.
Last year the Ahmadis feared that they might not reach their goal, but they have no doubts this year. They just plan on holding more clinics until they reach their goal.
The Chinese proverb, "Perseverance furthers," certainly holds true in this case.
The last blood drive will be held at Georgia State University all day in the gymnasium on Tuesday, September 25th, which makes the 27th blood drive.
Hazeem Pudiapura, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Georgia, stated, "We hope to exceed our target!"
There is no doubt about their enthusiasm.
The suspicions Americans expressed the first year have disappated in the wake of Ahmadiyyat's second blood drive, using Blood South and Red Cross.
These Muslims ignore negative attitudes as they look forward to positive outcomes. The goal of the Muslims for Life campaign is to help 11,000 Americans in need. Ahmadi-Muslims want to help fellow Americans, regardless of religion. They hope to heal the image of Islam that was hijacked on 9/11, 2001.
While some Libyan Muslims rage against a tawdry video called "Innocence of Muslims," because it insults the Holy Prophet, (pbuh) it is reassuring to see that the Ahmadi-Muslims only have peaceful intentions.
They want Americans to understand that the real message of Islam is "Love for All, Hatred for None."
Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth caliph and the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community furthered this philosophy by pushing for religious tolerance worldwide in his most recent sermon, September 21st, 2012, from London, England. (www.mta.tv)
The caliph criticized the Libyan Muslims, saying that it did not make sense to "cause destruction to their own country." Rather, the Libyans should have demonstrated steadfastness and forebearance, as exhibited by Muhammad, (pbuh) the prophet of Islam.