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Health Fair at Flint

A free health fair hosted at the Flint Southwestern Academy

for the local community members to attend. We partnered wiith private, local

organizations of physicians and healthcare professionsls to provide free health 

screenings. Click here to read more.

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Muslim Family Services (MFS), a division of ICNA Relief USA Programs, hosted a Free Health Fair at the Flint Southwestern Academy in Flint for the local community members to attend. We partnered with private, local organizations of Physicians and Healthcare Professionals including Discount Pharmacy, Vascular Institute of MIchigan, FoodCorp and many others with hopes of providing free health screenings for the deserving community. The event was held from 12:00pm - 3:00pm.  

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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 community health workers offering various health plans, organizations promoting healthy eating, pharmacists,dentists and doctors offering consultations.

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Health lectures were given onsite for attendees to benefit from Dr Jawad Shah, a neurologist from IINN, presented the positive aspect of playing video games.It is necessary to keep the brain active because an idle brain will weaken the brain's ability to concentrate, focus, ability to multitask, etc. Playing video games helps exercise the brain in these areas but too much of playing may cause an addiction. Dr Fahd Mohammed, a dentist, reminded the attendees the importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene. It protects the body from many diseases and strengthens the digestive system.

 

MFS provided lunch and snacks for the community members and the volunteers to enjoy while taking health tests and listening to the lectures. It was a wonderful example of giving back and it was received warmly and openly by the 50+ guests who attended. We would like to thank all of the doctors and volunteers who helped make this event a success!

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MFS intends to host more health fairs to other low income cities of Michigan. If you are a Healthcare Professional or part of an organization of Health Care Professionals and are interested in volunteering in the Health Fair, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (313) 366-6800 for more information.

 

We ask Allah to grant us all good health and well being. We ask that Allah keeps our families and our loved ones safe from harm, and that we may be reunited with them in the highest of heavens. See you at our next event!

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On Sunday, January 15,2017, Muslim Family Services, a division of ICNA Relief USA Programs, hosted a mental health workshop called “You are not alone. We are here for you.” at Al-Ikhlas’ Gymnasium in Detroit, MI. The goal of the workshop was to educate the community about the different ways on how to become a strong support system.

 

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The program began after Dhur, the Noon prayer, with a short recitation by Imam Abdul Latif Azom, the imam of Masjid Al Falah. He explained over the past few years, the youth of Hamtramck and Detroit have been dealing with traumatic events such as death in the family, bullying, or relocating to a new place that caused mental issues. The youth took it upon themselves to resolve it instead of reaching out for help. It is important for us to understand the signs and symptoms of mental health issues to support those deal with difficult times.

 

Sr Aliah Azmeh, the counselor of MFS, continued by explaining what mental health is. “Mental health aspect is something you can't tangibly see. Mental health is about emotions, the way we think and the way we feel. The way we view the world...Nothing is absolute.” Sr Aliah expressed the importance of talking to someone about how we feel. Talking to a counselor may help you find your way out of the dark place.

 

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Afterwards, Br Mohammed Alsanai, the principal of Bridge West, and Sr Raihan Akther, the assessment coordinator of Bridge West had emphasized the importance of having an open relationship between parents and their child. It is necessary for children to feel comfortable to sharing things with their parents. They should not be scolded for speaking about things that are not culturally accepted because children will try to find the answers elsewhere.

 

Br Mohammed had emphasized that children want attention and they are willing to do anything to receive it, even if it means being around bad company. “Every time you are hanging out with your friends and they are smoking, you don't have to hang out with them. You don't need them. You can find someone else to hang out with. Sometime when you feel you are too strong to hang out with these people, oh they are doing but I'm not. No. Once you hang out with them you are giving yourself access.” After the presentations were given, lunch was passed out and the floor was opened to the audience members to ask any questions they may have in regards to the issue.

 

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Alhamdulillah, Praise be to God, the seminar was a success! We would like to thank Masjid Al-Falah for giving us the opportunity to use the gymnasium for our workshop. We would also like to thank the speakers for reminding us about the importance of empathizing with one another during difficult times. Encouraged by the positive feedback given by the audience members, MFS is planning on holding more workshops on this topic. If you would like to see this workshop in your community, please call us at 313.366.6800 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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The foster care initiative at MFS is to enlighten Muslims in Michigan about the importance and vital need for licensed Muslim foster parents. Although the number of licensed Muslim refugee foster homes in Michigan is increasing, there is immense room to grow. On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Muslim Family Services teamed up with non-profit organization ACCESS, to host a workshop on refugee and domestic foster care. 

 

The workshop, held at the Arab American National Museum, was an interactive discussion with skilled professionals and experienced foster parents. Pannelists included Muslim refugee foster parent Ranya Shbeib, Muslim domestic foster parent Sameena Zahoor, Family Court Referee Mona Youssef, Samaritas Representative Diane Baird, and Shaykh Mohamed Almasmari

The domestic and refugee foster mothers, Ranya Shbeib and Sameena Zahoor, discussed the process of having their foster children acclimated to their homes. Several foster children face trauma or tragedy of some form - physical, emotional, and mental. In some occasions, they have difficulty regaining mental and emotional stability. Shbeib and Zahoor discussed this issue and urged families to help combat it, by educating themselves about foster youth and learning how to deal with the state sometimes fall into.

Muslim Family Services has been serving as a liasion between the foster care community and the Muslim community for the past four years. Our goal as a non-profit organization is to educate the Muslim community about foster care to further increase the number of licensed foster homes. As Muslims, we can do a great maount of good by sheltering youth of all faiths.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, mentor, or respite care provide, please contact Muslim Family Services at 313-366-6800 or email the organization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.