Established in January 2006, the Imam Hussain (A.S) Blood Donation Campaign aims to encourage as many people as possible to come forth and become regular donors.
The campaign, organised in partnership with the NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT) comes as part of the month of Muharram, when we remember and take lessons from the life of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).
Theo Clarke, Lead Donor Relations Manager for BME and special projects with NHSBT:
"It’s great to have such an opportunity to work with the local Muslim community in promoting blood donation at this special time and I thank them for their support. Often, rare blood groups are more common within certain ethnic groups, so encouraging people with rarer blood types to donate is a constant challenge."
Campaign Video 2009 featuring Sayed Fadhil Milani and Sayed Mahdi Modarresi
Donating blood, as daunting as it may seem, is a simple and highly commendable act. Despite its recommendation by Muslim scholars, there seems to be a lack of understanding of its Islamic approval.
This campaign has set out to breakdown such misconceptions and in turn replace with increased knowledge, awareness, and enthusiasm towards this gracious and hospitable act.
The immense demand for donors of rarer blood groups from people of wider ethnic backgrounds is overwhelming. One of the lessons we learn from Imam Hussain is to be selfless and give from ourselves for the benefit of humanity. We are inspired by Hussain’s message and give blood for the sake of the wider community.