A community of self-described "revivalist" 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.
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.