Huda Clinic Fundraiser

October 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Adil James, TMO

Detroit–October 8–One of the best ways to help the Muslim community is to provide useful services to the surrounding communities.  And so the Huda clinic has been providing free health care to Detroit since 2004.

An audience of about 300 watched as several speakers including two congressman spoke at a Huda Fundraiser Saturday. 

Mitchell Shamsuddin spoke early in the event, speaking about the blood sweat and tears that had gone into building Huda.  Imam El-Amin of the Detroit Muslim Center welcomed everyone to the mosque which has served as a home for Huda.

There was a promotional video for Huda, showing people who had received free healthcare at the facility, including non-Muslims living close to Huda who praised the friendly and helpful medical services provided at Huda, with only a short wait-time to see a doctor.

Rep. Hanson Clarke and Rep. John Dingell were in attendance. Both of the congressmen expressed their appreciation for the great work of Huda.  John Dingell said “thanks to the volunteer doctors, donors, and staff.  Thanks to you all and Huda.”  Dingell went on to speak about the importance of healthcare in the US, pointing out the great strides towards healthcare that has been fought for and built, since 2008.  “Healthcare is a right, not a privilege,” he said.

“Your mission is a superb success, and vital, and its importance is increasing as the economy suffers.”

Hanson Clarke was very emotional at the sight of the hundreds of people in the audience, representing all of the Muslim communities in America. The three major communities are African American, South Asian, and Arab, and all three groups were not only present but are actively participating in Huda’s work, serving as doctors and other volunteers, and management.

Rep. Clarke advocated early healthcare rather than last minute help in the emergency room. 

He spoke very strongly against the past attacks on the Muslim community from, for example, Peter King. “How DARE they unfairly target Islam?”  Clarke spoke very angrily about the conflation of the hunt for terror with prejudiced and biased rhetorical attacks on all Muslims.

Dr. Jukaku Tayeb said that at Huda the Muslim community is trying to “do our responsibility.” He quoted Qur`an as emphasizing the importance of giving to others without reminding them or giving them pain after helping them.

“This is a purification of ourselves and of our wealth,” he said.  Also the work of Huda provided an opportunity to bring diverse communities together, including within the Muslim community, but also Huda serves as a bridge to other communities.

He pointed out the contributions of Huda’s directors, especially Eide Alawan, and of all of the volunteers and volunteer physicians–some of whom come to Huda regularly every week as if they are being paid, although they are not.

He expressed his hope that Huda would be open full time in the future.

Rami Nashashibi spoke,  praising Huda as one of the fruits of Warith Deen Mohammad’s work, and Dr. Abed El-Mannan Alo also spoke.

www.hudaclinic.org

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CIOM Interfaith Health Fair

July 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CIOM Press Release

There was an Interfaith Health Fair, cosponsored by the CIOM & Jewish Community Relations Council. Jewish, Muslim and Chaldean physicians and health care providers joined together on Tuesday, July 19.

Organized by the CIOM and the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Interfaith Health Fair provided free medical screenings for residents of Detroit.  The program targeted the working poor who do not qualify for government-provided or other no-or-low cost health care programs.  DTE Energy Foundation, Great Lakes Health Plan, Henry Ford Health System and Huda Clinic sponsored the health fair.  About 100 health care providers and volunteers participated in the program.

The July health fair is the second free clinic sponsored by Detroit’s Jewish and Muslim communities, which joined together to host a similar program last November. In addition to giving clients access to potentially life-saving information and referrals for their health care, the health fair offers the participating health care professionals a meaningful interfaith experience and the opportunity to get to know their colleagues in each other’s faith community. 

Previously, the Muslims joined the Jewish community for Mitzvah Day on Christmas Day 2009. Volunteers enable their Christian neighbors to celebrate Christmas at home with their families.

Protocols were in place for patient referrals and, if necessary, urgent treatment.  The clinic featured education stations with informational literature, and social workers were on hand to assist with referrals to direct service agencies. In addition the Muslim Center Soup Kitchen in cooperation with the Pakistan Women’s Association was providing free meals to the patients.

Tuesday, July 19th – 4 PM to 8 PM; at the Muslim Center Mosque and Community Center, 1605 W. Davison Avenue, in Detroit.; Victor Ghalib Begg – 586-808-2864, vgbegg@gmail.com

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