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On Sunday May 15th, Muslim Family Services, A Division of ICNA Relief USA Programs, hosted its third annual health fair at Masjid Al-Falah’s gymnasium in Detroit. A group of volunteers and volunteer physicians collaborated with MFS to bring this initiative to life, including the Hamtramck Health Center, dental hygienist Lisa Nieves, internalists Dr. Surraya Azom and Dr. Hazim Samir, cardiologist Dr. Hikmat, and optometrist Dr. Naureen Haroon.
The fair served the purpose of a general check-up; blood sugar and glucose levels were checked, blood pressure was taken, and height and weight was measured to assess patients’ Body Mass Index (BMI). In addition, MFS had optometrists, cardiologists, dentists, and internal doctors assisting patients in whichever area necessary. The dental services in particular showed surprising results. Numerous patients had gum disease in addition to very poor dental health overall. Dr. Nieves was unable to see all patients due to the surplus of clientele and shortage of time, however, she offered those patients services in her clinic, free of cost.
The fair ran from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, and patients were told to come fasting to assure accurate test results. A wide variety of breakfast items were served for these patients after their tests.
Despite the cold weather and snow flurries, approximately 65 men and women attended the fair from all across Hamtramck and Detroit. Most of the patients were immigrants from Bangladesh, unable to afford adequate services to answer their health-related concerns. These patients struck the physicians with alarmingly high rates of blood pressure and hypertension, however, private physician consultations were being offered by the Hamtramck Health Center, a local government sponsored clinic that operates on a sliding scale. Referrals were also available.
Our beloved Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad (saw) told us to take advantage of our health before sickness falls upon us. Our bodies are a trust and when we are granted something by Allah (swt), we must cherish and take care of it, because He will ask us how it was used in this world. Our Prophet (saw) also encouraged us to utilize medical treatment. It is reported by Abu Dawud (and authenticated by Al-Albani) that he said, “Make use of medical treatment, for Allah has not made a disease without appointing a remedy for it, with the exception of one disease, namely old age.”
As per our Prophet (saw)’s hadith, MFS has been offering services to underprivileged community members and diagnosing health issues.
Alhamdulilah, guests were pleased with the free services offered by physicians and MFS. Our partner agency in this initiative, Hamtramck Health Center, took many referrals and will be offering services for numerous low-income clients on a sliding payment scale. MFS also gives financial assistance to these patients.
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It's that time of year, once again!
The Sponsor-a-Family Ramadan Project is a means to facilitate deserving individuals/families in receiving the nourishment needed to sustain oneself through the month of Ramadan. We intend to increase a sense of community by giving members an opportunity to serve each other. Those interested may give monetary or food donations, which will both be used to create "Ramadan baskets."
For more information, please see the flyer below and call 313-366-6800 for any questions or concerns.
It was related that the Holy Prophet (SAW) said: "Anybody who offers meal or breaking of the fast of another person earns the same merit as the one fasting without diminishing in any way the recompense of the fasting person." [Tirmidhi]
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Domestic violence is an issue often overlooked in the muslim community. It is an issue considered taboo in the eyes of many, further resulting in an avoidance of both suggesting and listening to ways to combat it.
Muslim Family Services feels strongly about domestic violence and aims to promote healthy homes in whatever way possible. On March 19, 2016, the non-profit organization held a workshop titled “Building Safe Families - Reducing Domestic Violence in our Homes” at Masjid as-Salam in Dearborn. Sr. Tahira Khald MSW, our head counselor, was the main presenter and speaker. She focused on the definition of domestic violence to help people understand that they may be receiving abuse without even realizing it. She also shared the steps that should be taken if one finds themself to be a victim of domestic violence. Lastly, she told her audience about the myths associated with domestic violence. Some of these myths included:
Women in abusive relationships can leave if they want to.
Domestic violence only occurs in poor, urban areas.
Battering is caused by drugs and alcohol.
Husbands and wives are equally violent.
Once a batterer, always a batterer.
The information Sr. Tahira shared was vital for all audience members to have knowledge of, whether they have personally been in an abusive relationship or not. If we know anyone who is being abused by their spouse, we should do whatever we can to help them regain control of their lives.
“And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and [for] the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, “Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a protector and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?” Qur’an | 4:75