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One local Muslim community is condemning last week's attack in Boston and planning a gesture of support for the lives lost.

When he heard about the bombing, Dr. Nasim Mahdi, national Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, feared a wave of hate mail and calls, but he says this time was different.

"People have realized that you can't paint everybody with the same brush, and this is a positive thing," Mahdi says. "I don't think all across the country we had any hate call or any threats whatsoever."

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community say the Quran teaches that no one has the right to destroy life. Three years ago, the community went a step further and decided to do something to save lives.

Dr. Nasim Mahdi,  says the idea emerged during a conversation with President Obama.

"I told the president that we want to arrange blood drives all across the country and we think we can collect 10,000 pints of blood which will save about 30,000 lives," Mahdi says.

The initiative was named "Muslims for Life," a six week blood drive to honor the victims of terrorism, to emphasize the teachings Islam on the sanctity of life, and to send a message to terrorists.

"We are all united, we are all Americans, and we will not let you do that," Mahdi says.

During two separate drives in two years, Muslims for Life has collected more than 24,000 pints of blood. A third drive is planned for September.

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