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(Photo: The Christian Post)Imam Hammad Ahmad speaks at a press conference at the Rayburn House building on Sept. 11, 2018, promoting the Muslims for Life blood drive.
WASHINGTON — A community of reformist Muslims is hosting an annual blood drive on the anniversary of 9/11 to demonstrate the opposite of what was done in the name of their faith 17 years ago.
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In the foyer of the Rayburn House office building on Capitol Hill Tuesday, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community set up several stations where donors can give blood, in cooperation with the Red Cross. They have been dong this for several years as a way of paying homage to the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
"We believe that life is sacred, and that all life is sacred regardless of being Christian or Jew or atheist or Hindu or Muslim. And that on 9/11 when those terrorists hijacked those planes and attacked those buildings and killed 2,996 people ... we believe that according to the Quran that it was as if they committed genocide [almost] 3,000 times," said Hammad Ahmad, imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Washington, D.C., in an interview with The Christian Post.
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"And so to contrast with that saving even one life is equal to saving all of mankind. So if those terrorists shed blood to destroy and to cause death and chaos, then every year on 9/11 and even beyond that, we will then peacefully and lovingly give our blood in order to save lives. Because each time we give blood, each time we save a life we believe we are saving humanity."
Over the last seven to eight years, they have raised enough blood to save 180,000 lives, he said, adding that "what [the terrorists] did was condemnable by the Quran, by Islam, and by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, and...
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