More than 1,000 Cheliya Muslims a close-knit community known for its simplicity and honesty in the hotel business have donated blood to mark the beginning of the Islamic calendar on AASHURA day.

Their belief: If we can save someone’s life, what better way than by donating blood during Muharram, a time to review Islamic teachings and to commemorate Imam Hussain’s sacrifice.
Most Cheliya Muslims, who visit their native place, will donate blood to show their love for Hussain. The community has decided to contribute their blood to a cause during this period of mourning.

In the state there are around 55,000 Cheliya Muslims who gather at their native village to observe nine days of “matam’ (mourning) and observe the tenth day as Muharram.

Momin who has been donating blood along with his family since 15 years have started donating after seeing a thalasemia patient waiting for a donor eve month.

“We are glad the community is taking the lead in blood donation, which is the best way to worship God in any religion because one bottle of blood can save four lives.”


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