Category Archives: Medicine

Reflections from events in the medical field

Can Muslim Physicians Also Continue the Healing Ministry of Jesus?


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

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“[The Day] when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, remember My favor upon you and upon your mother when I supported you with the Pure Spirit and you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and [remember] when I taught you writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and when you designed from clay [what was] like the form of a bird with My permission, then you breathed into it, and it became a bird with My permission; and you healed the blind and the leper with My permission; and when you brought forth the dead with My permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from [killing] you when you came to them with clear proofs and those who disbelieved among them said, “This is not but obvious magic.” (Surah Maidah 5 v. 110)

 

I once noticed a sign in my 3rd year of medical school while rotating at an Adventist Hospital that claimed the hospital’s aim was to “continue the healing ministry of Jesus.”  At first, I treated it with a mild neglect:  Am I really supposed to believe a hospital functions as an outlet on propagating the message of Jesus?  As I continued through the night however, I could not shake the sign or its meaning from my head, and the inevitable question raced through my mind:

“Can physicians really continue the healing ministry of Jesus?”

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What Medicine has Taught me About Death Part II


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times

Part I

Allah (swt) says in Surah An-Nisa Chapter 4 verse 78:

“Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction. But if good comes to them, they say, “This is from Allah “; and if evil befalls them, they say, “This is from you.” Say, “All [things] are from Allah .” So what is [the matter] with those people that they can hardly understand any statement?”

In medicine, as blasphemous as it sounds, some people may have a chance to choose the way they will die.   A man diagnosed with terminal (not curable) cancer may choose to spend his final days within the confines of the hospital and have all life supporting measures in place because he hangs on to the hope of returning home and having one last meal with his family.  Another may choose hospice and take all measures to pass comfortably in his home.  And others will have no say in the matter, instead the family will need to come together to make that difficult decision to stop the ventilator and let nature take its course.

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Labor and Delivery: My Reflections after Delivering a Baby


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times

Allah (swt) says in Surah Al-Hajj Chapter 22, verse 5:

“O People, if you should be in doubt about the Resurrection, then [consider that] indeed, We created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clinging clot, and then from a lump of flesh, formed and unformed – that We may show you. And We settle in the wombs whom We will for a specified term, then We bring you out as a child, and then [We develop you] that you may reach your [time of] maturity. And among you is he who is taken in [early] death, and among you is he who is returned to the most decrepit [old] age so that he knows, after [once having] knowledge, nothing. And you see the earth barren, but when We send down upon it rain, it quivers and swells and grows [something] of every beautiful kind.”

Ob/Gyn can be quite a drag, especially when you’re not really interested in the field (or have multiple board exams to prepare for), or when you’re stuck in the hospital on a Saturday, the last day of Ramadan, and the day before ‘Eid.  In a moment of frustration, I logged onto Facebook (because I can’t vent at the wall in the lonely study room) and posted a status summing up my “I want to go home” mentalility.

Bored out of my mind and not wanting to study, I quickly looked over to the Labor & Delivery board to check the status of how far along the pregnant patients were in labor (I’ll spare you the details of how this is determined).  Since they were still a little far off, I decided to take a break and get some fresh air outside of the hospital and call home.  As I leisurely strolled out and took my time to chat it up with the family, I got a text- immediately I knew what it was for.  It read: “Delivery now.”

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What Medicine has Taught me About Death


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times

First week on the wards, walking around with no idea where anything is or how to conduct a proper interview, my chief resident sent me down to see my first ever consult in the ER.  As I picked up the chart and walked into the room, I came upon a medically stable yet ill appearing malnourished and unkempt homeless man.  He looked up at me, confused and lethargic.

“Hi Mr. A., my name is Hateem.  I’m the student on the team that’s going to be taking care of you.”

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