An Islamic charity in the UK successfully broke the world record for the most blood donations given in one day, an effort expected to save or improve more than 110,000 lives.
The volunteer-run #GlobalBloodHeroes was spearheaded by ‘Who Is Hussain’, a Muslim social justice charity.
“The pandemic hit blood reserves across the world hard. With hospitals struggling to meet demands. Who Is Hussain volunteers rallied together and launched our Global Blood Heroes campaign,” said Muntazir Rai, the charity’s director, The Guardian reported.
“Donating blood is a universal act of compassion that can unite people all around the world – we all bleed the same,” he added.
“We’re so excited that so many first-time donors came forward and many have committed to donating again and will continue to, hopefully, for years to come.”
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Volunteers at blood donation centers across the UK, and other centers in 27 countries including Argentina, Iraq, and Thailand, collected blood from more than 37,000 people.
Authenticated by the official world records, the total number of blood donations was 37,018, beating the previous record of 34,723 set in 2020.
Blood transfusion for medical purposes is permissible in Islam. Muslims should feed the hungry, take care of the sick, and save the lives of people.
Allah tells us that “If anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of the whole humanity.” Quran 5:32
It is also permissible to take blood from a non-Muslim and it is permissible to give blood to non-Muslims. These matters are related to human life.