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On Saturday April 12th, 2014, Muslim Family Services, A Division of ICNA Relief USA Programs hosted their 2nd Annual Health Fair in collaboration with a group of local volunteer physicians. The fair took place at the Masjid Al-Falah Gymnasium in Detroit, MI. Five physicians from the physicians group and three health care volunteers from Hamtramck Health Center in Detroit, MI came out to service the community. Some of their specialties included Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Family Medicine and more. The fair ran from 9:00-1:00PM. Patients were pre-instructed to come fasting in order to prevent inaccurate test results. Breakfast was served after they finished their assessments.
The providers offered three different health assessment test; blood pressure, blood glucose and Body Mass Index (BMI). None of these tests are diagnostic. All are simply designed to assess general health and allow the Physicians to take the next steps in diagnosis if alarmed by results. Over 85 guests attended the fair from all over the city. Some of the patients were from Bangladesh; an immigrant demographic with little to no access to adequate health care.
Several of the physicians offering assessments at the fair approached MFS organizers about the alarming rate of high blood pressure, hypertension and the risk of diabetes amongst the various demographics in our community. Their concerns were not a surprise because all of the patients at the fair were from low-income households and most do not possess the resources nor the health literacy to check up on these sorts of concerns. As one provider mentioned, ' they just go to the doctor when they feel pain' and for too many people, that is often times too late.
Private Physician consultations by Hamtramck Health Center, as well as referrals were available onsite at the fair. There were many patients whom were referred to Hamtramck Health Center, a location government sponsored clinic that operates on a sliding scale; with the minimum that a patient will pay is $20 per visit. The center does not turn anyone away and will make up for the procedure cost for those with no income. Some patients were even referred to Al Huda Clinic, a free clinic in Detroit, MI.
As Muslims, we have been advised by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the Sahih Hadith to 'take advantage of our health before our sickness'. Our bodies are a trust given to us and when a person is loaned or gifted something, it is important that they cherish that thing and take excellent care of it because when it is returned, Allah (swt) will ask how it was used and treated. That being said, striving for health and taking excellent care of our bodies can be done to please Allah (swt).
InshAllah, MFS will continue to offer our free health fairs because we know that so many people benefit from it and that these very health fairs many be the catalyst for someone to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle, bi'idhnillah. Muslim Family Services would like to reach out to the community in search of Health Care Providers and Educators willing to help us educate the immigrant and low-income communities about appropriate health care and becoming health literate. If you are a Bengali or Arabic speaking HCP or health educator and are interested in helping us provide health education to the Hamtramck and Detroit Muslim Communities, please contact us at the contact information provided below. We are grateful for all of the volunteers who came out to assist us in this fair. May Allah (swt) reward you all.
Guest at Fair
Assessment Test: BMI, Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure
It is that time of year again! We will be hosting our annual Health Fair at the Masjid Al-Falah gymnasium located at: 12555 McDougall St. Detroit, MI 48212. FREE medical test and screenings will be provided to guest. Some of these test and screenings include: blood pressure, BMI, and glucose to name a few. Admission is absoulutely Free. All guest MUST arrive fasting; otherwise test results may be affected. FREE Breakfast will be served after test are completed. Come out and bring your family!
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On the evening of Sunday March 2nd, 2014, Muslim Family Services, a Division of ICNA Relief USA Programs (MFS) held their 7th Annual Fundraising Dinner. The event started at 5:00PM with over 300 guests attending. Beautiful faces from every South Eastern Michigan community decorated the room. In November, 2013, Muslim Family Services had the honor of opening Michigan’s 1st Muslim developed and operated women’s transitional home called ‘Sakinah House’. It is primarily this very establishment that the organization sought to raise funds for. The keynote speaker of the night was Dr. Mohamed Beshir hailing from Canada. It was an honor to hear the author, engineer, and humanitarian, among many other titles, speak for this cause. Br. Saleem Khalid, a community gem, humanitarian and director of Muslim Enrichment Program (MEP) was the fundraiser. The friendly family man and community member Br. Naveed khan was the MC for the night.
The event started off with a video presentation of Sakinah House: Women’s Transitional Home. The video touched on the need for safe establishments for displaced Muslim women, in addition to details about enrichment programs that the Sakinah House Women’s Committee is developing. These programs include but are not limited to courses on financial management, resume building, employment seeking strategies, English language literacy and public speaking. The committee also has planned fun days with residents during which they do arts, crafts and have halaqas (spiritual reminders) in order to increase residential cheer and support them on their journey towards stability. Guest were impressed by the efforts of Sakinah House staff to meet all the attainable needs of their residents.
MFS also shared another video that highlighted their numerous, ongoing programs and initiatives. Their food pantry has fed thousands of families in the metro-Detroit area. They offer financial support to individuals needing assistance with utility bills among many other hardships. Janaza (burial services) are sponsored for families below the poverty line. MFS also helps Muslim families become licensed foster parents in the state of Michigan. In addition to these wonderfully necessary programs, MFS also organizes seasonal programs like their; “Sponsor-A-Family Ramadan Project”, “Eid Toy Drive”, “Back-To-School Backpack giveaway” and Free Annual Health Fair which is coming up in April.
Dr. Mohamed Rida Beshir, the author of a plethora of books including “Blissful Marriage” and “Meeting the Challenge of Parenting in the West: An Islamic Perspective”, graced the stage. This humble family man was the ideal speaker to promote Muslim Family Services endeavors because he, like MFS is dedicated to promoting healthy and happy Muslim Families on a broad scale. Br. Beshir spoke about the need for organizations like MFS dedicated to serving the Muslim populace and promoting healthy, stable Muslim families. Dr. Beshir reminded guest that all Muslims have a duty towards one another. One of those duties is to support each other in doing good. He ended by encouraging all to donate to MFS in order to support Sakinah House and keep their programs operating.
The organization’s goal was to raise $110,000. $60K will be used for the maintenance, management of Sakinah House and comfort of their residents. $50K will be applied towards all of the above mentioned programs and initiatives. By the grace and mercy of Allah (swt) this goal was met! Br. Saleem Khalid was a huge contributor to the success of the fundraiser. His familiarity with and belief in the initiatives that Muslim Family Services facilitates daily qualified him as an eye-witness in their efforts. This, paired with his charisma and keen understanding of societal challenges allowed him to speak eloquently and encourage all Muslims to show their support.
Alhamdulilah, the event was a joyous occasion for all. Guest dined on delicious cuisine as they enjoyed the news of Muslim Family Services newest establishment, Sakinah House. After hearing the plea of displaced women and the urge from local professionals to the community, the need for financial assistance was well understood. Muslim Family Services simply cannot continue to service those in need without your help. They are forever grateful to all of their supporters both near and far. Without you and your contribution, their programs would be but dreams. In addition, MFS would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Beshir, Br. Saleem Khalid and Br. Naveed for helping inform the masses about their works. May Allah (swt) reward you all immensely in this world and the next.Add a comment Add a comment
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We promote justice by creating the opportunities for the less fortunate to lead healthy and productive lives.