Newspaper article Roll Call

'Muslims for Life' Blood Drive Honors 9/11 Victims

Newspaper article Roll Call

'Muslims for Life' Blood Drive Honors 9/11 Victims

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"I'm trying to support the good works of the Ahmadiyya community," Petri said. "They've been good citizens in my part of Wisconsin."

This year, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., co-chair of the congressional Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus, helped organize the event. The Ahmadiyya community members stressed that lawmakers welcomed their effort to bring the campaign to Capitol Hill.

"Nobody has ever questioned, then, why I am going to a blood drive which is organized by the Muslims," Naseem Mahdi, an Ahmadiyaa national vice president told CQ Roll Call. "There was not an issue, you know. Not only here in the Capitol, anywhere in the United States."

Although the event involved reflection on the 9/11 tragedy, the news that the U.S. will engage in a military action against an Islamic terrorist group also weighed heavily on the minds of the attendees.

In his address at the event, Mahdi pivoted his remarks to ISIS, stressing once again that the Muslim community rejects the acts of violence. …

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