Blood donation on Muharram

Muharram passed recently. This is the day of martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed. When Muslims from all over the world conduct mourning processions, beating their chests and backs with chains, to observe Yaum-e-Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram which is the first month of the Islamic calendar. Considered a day of bereavement, many Muslims observe fast, give charity and pray in remembrance of Hussain who was martyred this day around 1,400 years ago at Karbala in Iraq.

On this day, Muslim residents of Amrai village in Chinhat area of Lucknow organized a blood donation camp along with the local health officials. Villagers bravely came up and donated the life saving fluid. They were happy. The very news brought a big smile on my face! If this is new wave, I welcome it. Being Sankalp volunteers we’ve seen the problem of blood shortage so closely! A common man is either hesistant to donate blood or is unaware. Here on this ocassion our brothers from a remote village have taken a brave step to serve for the sake humanity in rememberance of the great warrior. Kudos to them!

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