In Hyderabad, FOCUSS and Irshadul Muslimeen are coming together to organize the 14th annual blood donation camp. This event is dedicated to celebrating the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed. FOCUSS is also involved in supporting the release of prisoners from Central jail on this occasion.
The Milad blood donation camp will be held at two locations – Haj House, Nampally, and Eidgah Balam Rahi, Secunderabad, from 7 am to 5 pm. The camp will take place on Sept 24. The theme for this year’s camp is “Donate Blood, Save Lives,” highlighting the fact that each donation can impact up to 16 lives. Dr Ahsan Bin Mohammed Al-Hamoomi, director of FOCUSS and Imam of Shahi Masjid, stressed the importance of participating in this noble cause.
This year, the Milad-un-Nabi coincides with the Ganesh procession in the city. To maintain communal harmony and minimize inconvenience to the public, the organizers have decided to hold the camp on September 24 instead of September 28.
Around 2,000 healthy individuals aged 18 to 60 are expected to donate blood. Over the past 13 years, hundreds of volunteers, mostly young people, have willingly donated blood. The collected blood is given to the Thalassemia Sickle Cell Society. Mohammed Omer, a Thalassemia patient, emphasized that every healthy person can donate blood up to four times a year with a three-month gap. This simple act has the power to save the lives of up to 16 thalassemia patients.
Aleem Baig, joint secretary of the society, mentioned that there are currently 3,865 children registered as thalassemia patients under their care. These children require 60-70 units of blood daily. Donating blood not only shows kindness but also has health benefits for the donors themselves.
Dr Hamoomi highlighted the principles behind this initiative, which are promoting tolerance, peace, and security, all of which were important to Prophet Mohammed. In addition to the blood donation camp, a 12-day congregation of Seerat-ul-Nabi is scheduled in the Public Garden. There will also be a Seerat-ul-Nabi exhibition for women on October 2. On September 24, the Milad tree planting campaign will begin, contributing to environmental conservation.
FOCUSS and Irshad-ul-Muslimeen have always supported prisoner release efforts on the occasion of Milad-ul-Nabi, following the noble tradition of the Prophet. This shows their commitment to the greater good of society, regardless of caste and creed.