With the goal of making Bakri Eid more oriented to social issues, the the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal in association with the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) has organised blood donation camps across all districts in Maharashtra, including Pune, between September 13 and 20.
As a part of the initiative, a blood donation drive was held on Wednesday at the S M Joshi foundation in the presence of activists like Hamid Dabholkar, Dr Baba Adhav, Professor Shamshuddin Tamboli, and retired IPS officers Ashok Dhiware and Suresh Khopade.
The Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal was founded by rationalist Hamid Dalwai on March 22, 1970 with the goal of development of modern scientific approach and promoting democratic values and nationalism among the Muslim community.
Professor Tamboli, president of the Mandal said, “We began blood donation camps on the occasion of Bakri Eid five years ago. The first camp was held in the presence of Dr Narendra Dabholkar in which less than 25 persons donated blood. Last year, blood donations were held on Bakri Eid in seven districts. This year, we have planned at least one program in each district of Maharashtra. There are some supersitons associated to the ongoing practice of animal sacrifice during the festival. We appeal to Muslims to celebrate Bakri Eid by donating blood as we believe “Qurbani (sacrifice)” is sacrificing for the society. We have appealed to all communities to participate in our state level blood donation drive, to spread communal harmony and humanity on Bakri Eid.
“Every year, our blood donation camps on Bakri Eid are receiving increasing response particularly from the Muslim youths. In Kolhapur, 48 persons donated blood on Tuesday. Today, in Pune, 53 persons including Hamid Dabholkar, members of Hamid Dalwai Study Circle and activists from different organisations who supported our cause donated blood,” said Tamboli.