Masjid Baitul Afiyat in Scarborough
Usman Javed, Majlis Khuddāmul Aḥmadīyya Canada
“On account of this, We prescribed for the children of Israel that whosoever killed a person
— unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land — it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind. And Our Messengers came to them with clear Signs, yet even after that, many of them commit excesses in the land” (5:33)
Islām has laid great stress on performing charity and doing an act of goodness. The Holy Qur’ān and the Holy Prophet of Islāmsa have time and again emphasized the importance of helping others. Throughout his life the Holy Prophetsa was a perfect example of kindness towards others. He also advised his companions to do likewise; on one occasion he has been reported to have said, “Next to faith in Allāh, the best quality is kindness toward people”.
Following the blessed and exalted tradition of the Holy Prophetsa, the Aḥmadīyya Muslim Youth Association organized a blood donation drive at Masjid Baitul Afiyat in Scarborough on the afternoon of November 4th, 2012. The Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose sole mission is to manage the blood and blood products supply for Canadians. They were invited to take the blood of the donors and supply it where needed.
The event itself was not limited to members of the Aḥmadīyya Muslim community, but was open to all. It was very encouraging to see the participation of many people from the area. A total of 66 people attended the event out of which 53 units of blood were accepted. Due to some safety concerns, people coming from countries with prevalent epidemic and endemic diseases were not allowed to donate blood. An example is the high malaria risk in Pakistan. So, for anyone who has recently visited a high-disease risk area, they must wait a period of at least 1 year before they become an eligible donor; however, the time period might be extended depending on the duration of the stay. Other people not considered eligible for donating blood include people who have a disease, are unfit, on severe medication and younger than 17 years of age.
Where some are afraid of donating blood, others are very passionate and it is hopeful to see that many people consider the donation of blood as an act of charity and are willing to contribute. One of the donors was asked why he was so enthusiastic to donate blood and he replied, “Someone donated blood and saved the life of my mother and now it is my job to do the same for others”.
I would like to especially thank the following brothers who helped to arrange this great event: Muzaffar Ahmad, Amir Khan Zahoor, Ishaq Sajid and the youth organizer in GTA East area.