One of the central principles of Islam is helping others. While some perceive Islam as a faith that encourages violence rather than positive contributions to society, the Qur’an and especially the Hadith (sayings of the prophet, peace be upon him) highlight how helping another human being is a fundamental aspect of Islam. A Muslim’s primary goal is to worship God, but this is done not only through rituals like prayer and fasting but also through the treatment of other people.

Islam is a faith that makes helping others and society a core principle.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. That means more than 38,000 blood donations are needed per day. Less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, with only 3 out of every 100 Americans actually donating. It’s a very elite group, but they’re always looking to expand membership.

The global campaign this year is focusing on young donors with the slogan “New Blood for the World.” According to the World Blood Donor Day website, the campaign hopes to motivate a new generation of young volunteer blood donors to form a pool that “provides the safest blood possible.”

The Islamic Center of Baton Rouge and the Muslim Students Association of LSU will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be blood pressure screening, BMI screening and more, including free barbecue. The screening is sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and ICBR, 820 West Chimes St., in Baton Rouge.

We can’t give you the reward for this act of kindness but GOD will. We can present you a T-shirt as a thankful reminder.

I finish by saying “Be someone who makes someone else look forward to tomorrow.”

Shahid Mahmood

teacher

Baton Rouge