Nigeria (IP) – As part of the commemorations of the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain (PBUH), grandson of the holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Shi'a Muslims in Nigeria have visited Government General Hospital in Katsina State, where they donated their blood to save lives of their Sunni brothers and Christians as well.

Iran PressAfrica: Also in Gombe State in the Northeastern part, members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria invited medical personnel from the Government Federal Medical Centre Gombe to come to the center of the Shi'a Muslims in the State where a large number of the Shi'as gathered to donated blood.

Shehu Ahmad, a member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, said: "This is something we usually do during Ashura commemorations. We donate our blood to save lives."

He further added: "There are so many people in Nigerian hospitals who need blood."

In his interview with Iran Press, Muhammad Ali Babayo, one of the donors, commended the efforts of the Nigerian Shi'a Muslims, which he said would help in saving lives and the unity of Muslims in the African country.

"With this, in the commemorations of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (PBUH), to remember his sacrifice that happened in Karbala on the 10th of Muharram, Shi'a Muslim brothers and sisters donated their blood to remember the sacrifice of Imam Husain and his household as well as his companions. With this, we need to recommend the entire (Shi'a) Muslims, well done for the kind of humanity they showed to the people of Nigeria."

Muhammad Ali Babayo said that Nigerian hospitals are in high need of blood to reduce the number of anemia among children and pregnant women and which causes lots of damage and death.

Seven Shi'a Muslims have been killed by combined forces of the Nigerian Army and Police during the peaceful Ashura procession in the Zaria City of Kaduna State and many wounded, an action that has drawn condemnation from the Islamic Human Rights Commission and many more.


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