Blood donation started in Azerbaijan’s south region due to Month of Muharram

Society Materials 5 January 2009 19:39 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Lankaran, Jan. 5 / Trend , P.Aliyeva /Blood donation action was started in Lankaran region in Azerbaijan due the mourning month of Muharram

For the purpose of rendering aid to the thalassemia and haemophilia patients, chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Clerical Port (CMCP) Sheikh Haji Allahshukur Pashazade in 2001, made a proposal to hold blood donation action instead of self-flagellation.

Lankaran became the first region, which answered to Sheikh's proposal. In 2001, 21 people participated in similar action and about 100 residents of Lankaran in the action in the previous year. Eleven thalassemia infected people, 33 - haemophilia and about 50 constant donors were registered in the region.

In the first half of day, about 60 inhabitants of region donated their blood in the action, which began today the Central district hospital reported to Trend . The number of those participating in the action increased in comparison with previous years.

Action will be continued to the Day of Ashura (on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar). Women compose majority among the volunteers, who participate in the action blood donation.

Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Clerical Port in the south region Haji Sadi Akhundzade said that there were those, who secretly brought on themselves mutilations by chains in certain Mosques in the region. He called population not to allow such actions and said that such actions contradict the requirements of the Shariat.

CMCP gave Fatwa about the beginning of the Month of Muharram in Azerbaijan since Dec. 29. Ashura there will be on Jan. 7.

Moslem- Shias mark this date as the day of the memory of the son of Ali and Fatima, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, Imam Hussein. He was killed on Oct.10, 680 on the Gregorian calendar in Karbala. Hussein with the small army appeared against caliph Yezid, who took authority in the caliphate. Force was destroyed, whereas Hussein was injured.

Hussein was acknowledged as great martyr and Karbala - as the place of pilgrimage of Moslems. Shias mark the day of his death as mourning rites.

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