Marghoob Ahmad, Secretary Ishaat, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Latvia
Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Latvia organised its first blood donation programme in Riga, the capital of Latvia, on 19 September 2023. Jazib Ahmad Shahid Sahib, Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Latvia, and Khaqan Ahmad Saim Sahib, Secretary Tabligh Latvia, visited the State Blood Donation Centre in Riga, where they discussed with the centre’s administration the Ahmadiyya Community’s intention to donate blood for the local people. The administrative staff of the Blood Donation Centre expressed happiness and welcomed the initiative, stating that we could visit any day for the donation.
After consultation, 19 September 2023 was chosen as the day for the blood donation. Eight members of the Jamaat participated. Four individuals donated blood after initial tests and other necessary procedures.
In Latvia, blood donors receive compensation from the government. However, when the members of the Jamaat were asked for their bank account details for compensation, they clarified that they did not want any payment. Their sole purpose was to donate blood for the pleasure of Allah and to alleviate the suffering of humanity. The staff were pleased with this response, appreciating the Jamaat’s selfless dedication.
At the end of the programme, a group photo was taken with the staff of the Blood Donation Centre, capturing the memorable occasion. Furthermore, Jamaat’s literature in the Latvian language, along with pens engraved with the message of Love for All, Hatred for None were presented as gifts. The staff at the centre gladly accepted these gifts. Refreshments were also offered to the blood donors after the programme.