Create a world where every able Muslim saves lives by donating blood regularly.
Be a global platform to unify and promote blood donation in the Muslim community.
- Save lives through blood donation.
- Spread the message of Imam Hussain (AS) for people to be altruistic members of their society.
- Be a flagship campaign for Muslims around the world to follow.
- Achieve true community integration and Islam in action.
Why donate blood?
Donating blood, daunting as it may seem, is a simple and highly commendable act. Despite its recommendation by Muslim scholars, there seems to be a lack of understanding of its Islamic approval. This campaign has set out to breakdown such misconceptions and in turn replace with increased knowledge, awareness, and enthusiasm towards this gracious, altruistic and hospitable act.
A single blood donation has the potential to save up to three adult lives or seven infant lives. The blood donated goes towards treating a wide range of patients, including people who suffer from conditions such as anaemia or thalassemia, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, burns victims and victims who suffer severe blood loss due to accidents, and many other times of need.
The NHS needs about 7,000 voluntary donations of blood each day. There is a huge demand for donors of rarer blood groups and many Muslims come from ethnic minority backgrounds from which these rarer blood groups are more likely to be found.
About the campaign
IHBDC is a both a national (UK) and global campaign. IHBDC was first established in Manchester in 2006, an now over ten years on, it is the UK’s largest Muslim blood donation campaign located across multiple cities. It seeks to bring bespoke blood donation sessions to the Muslim community throughout the year in partnership with NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT), Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and Welsh Blood Service (WBS). IHBDC UK is part of the Islamic Unity Society (IUS), a parent registered charity.
The idea of altruism is central to the campaign, which aims to promote blood donation through the idea of people ‘giving back’ or saving a life. Changing the mind-set of the public to see blood donation as a simple charitable act with massively beneficial consequences is important to ensure that the public become regular blood donors.
Outside the UK, IHBDC seeks to act as a global platform to help unify and promote blood donation in the name of Imam Hussain. However IHBDC central teams do not act as a centre of operations globally, but rather provide advice / share best practices from experience and extensive materials to active and willing volunteers across the globe to run their own campaigns under IHBDC banner. Please refer to www.ihbdc.com for more details.