Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.16 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
A campaign of voluntary blood donation has started today from 8:00 (Baku time) in the mosques in Azerbaijan.
Donated blood is tested for infections, and then is transfused in patients in the Central Blood Bank in accordance with the standards. The collected blood mainly will go to meet the needs of patients with thalassemia and gene disease, the Central Blood Bank's doctor Hagigat Aliyeva told Trend.
About 100 volunteers donated blood by 10:00 at the Taza Pir mosque.
The Caucasus Muslims Office announced the names of mosques and places of pilgrimage, where voluntary blood donation will be held on the Ashura Day - December 16.
Blood donation campaign on this day will be held in the mosques of Taza Pir, Haji Sultanali, Bibi-Heybat, Mir-Movsum aga, Garachuhur, Sumgait Mosque, the Imamzade mosque in Ganja, in the Heydar mosque in Mingachevir, the Sheki mosque, the Shirvan Mosque, the Boyukbazar Mosque in Lankaran and the Barda mosque, the Caucasus Muslims Office spokesperson Rahima Dadashova told Trend.
The Caucasus Muslims Office urges citizens to perform religious orders in connection with the Ashura day in a calm atmosphere, without bloodletting and maiming, as well as to keep order and discipline in the holy places.
A grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s) and Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib's son Imam Hussein and 71 his supporters were killed by Yezid ibn Muawiya's troops 1368 years ago on the day of Ashura - the 10th day of Muharram.
Azerbaijan, as well as countries with a prevalent Shiite population, hold ceremonies of commemoration of the killed posterity of the Prophet and other Muslims.