Conflicting blood donations with blood letting (tatbir) ?

Some would raise questions that, “why do we not give blood on the day of Ashura instead of performing Tatbir, since that would be more civilized than Tatbir, which may pollute the environment, and other sects may ridicule us.” What is your opinion in this respect?
Answer:{Some of the famous references, which confirm the above report, are as follows:
Bihaar al-Anwaar; v. 45, p. 114, Jalaa’ al-‘Oyun; v. 2, p. 238, Zaynab al-Kubra; p. 112, Asraar al-Shahadah; p. 474, Al-Muntakhab; v. 2, p. 478, Nusrat-ul-Madhlum; p. 18.
Needless to say that ‘Allamah Majlisi – compiler of Bihaar al-Anwaar – and Sheikh al- Shari’ah al-Isfahani have confirmed the authenticity of the report.}
Giving blood in its own right is good, but this does not conflict with performing the Husayni Sha‘a’er. Furthermore, drawing blood from the head accompanies many health benefits, and it is a Sunnah of Rasulollah salla-llahu-alayhi-wa-aalih, and Rasulollah used to call it al-Mughithah and al-Munqithah (literally meaning “the saviour”) and both the Shi’a and the non-Shi’a agree on its authenticity, and Bukhari and many others have reported many narrations in this respect. It is reported from Imam Sadiq alayhis-salam that, “It is cure from insanity, leprosy and other skin diseases, diseases that lead to blindness, and toothache”. The Mu’minin may give blood on another day, such as 3rd of Sha‘baan, which is the birthday of Imam Husayn alayhis-salam.

Imam Mahdi, alayhis-salam and may Allah hasten his reappearance, addresses his great grandfather, Imam Husayn alayhis-salam (in Zeyarahal- Nahiyah): “. . . I shall mourn you every morning and every evening, and I shall weep blood for you instead of tears . . .” Can we deduce from this statement that Tatbir (hitting the head with swords to make blood flow) is an emphatically desirable act?

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