Commitment to Community


Originally published in Akron Beacon Journal

As an American Muslim, I was saddened to hear about the Navy Yard shooting, just like anybody else. In our own holy book, the Quran, it states that, “If anyone slays a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people.”

We believe that such tragic events should be combated with greater community service, as Islam teaches us that we were made for the good of mankind.

In last year’s Muslims For Life Campaign, 11,000 pints of blood were collected from over 370 locations in the U.S. for local blood banks. This year’s goal is 12,000 pints of blood, as the campaign continues through all of September, to remember the horrific day of 9/11.

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Labeeb Ahmad

is a freshman at Kent State University’s BS/MD 6 year program. He currently serves as a Vice-Chairman of the Muslim Writers Guild of America He has been published in various local, state, and national newspapers. He is also a secretary of the Cleveland Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association. His hobbies include reading, interfaith dialogue, writing, and playing basketball.

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