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Eid: Avoiding the Sugar and Carb Madness

By |July 16th, 2015|

Eid: Avoiding the Sugar and Carb Madness

Prayers have been offered, supplications have been asked and hopefully accepted, Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power) has come and gone, and the last of a blessed month has tearfully departed, with hopeful wishes for a chance to experience Ramadan next year. After 29 days of fasting from sunrise […]

Ramadan: Toning the Soul and Body

By |June 17th, 2015|

Plates of dates and glasses of milk line the table. Bowls of salad and soup grace the edges while a giant platter of chicken sits majestically in the center. A delectable dessert is cooling on the stove or chilling in the fridge, and everyone is waiting for the call of Maghrib so they can dive […]

Mental Health Stigmatized Among Health Professionals

By |May 29th, 2015|

Mental Health Stigmatized Among Health Professionals

I recently received a message from a friend struggling with anxiety and ADHD, who had been prescribed medication by her doctor. Coming from a South Asian Muslim background, her family was not supportive of her decision to take antidepressants and felt she just needed to strengthen her iman (faith). She […]

Bottled Up: Mental Health and American Muslims

By |May 18th, 2015|

“Shhh, we don’t talk about that.”

“People will think I’m crazy.”

I often hear these statements in reference to a number of things within Muslim communities but none so often as seeking mental health services. The notion of telling a stranger your deepest thoughts and feelings when we have a hard enough time telling our loved ones […]

College Reputation vs. Rape-utation: Sexual Assault on College Campuses

By |April 29th, 2015|

In the last year, media headlines across the country have been rife with controversy around sexual assault cases occurring on college campuses, and lack of initiative by these colleges to properly handle the cases. Included in this large list of universities are some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including Harvard University, […]

Refocusing: A Conversation about Rape Culture

By |April 29th, 2015|

Men ogling and catcalling women was always unacceptable and discomforting to me. I sometimes questioned if my attire was responsible for attracting that type of attention. If I was a victim of catcalling, I would keep moving and not respond. I felt voiceless doing so, and I began to realize how the culture I […]

Eating The Prophet Way

By |April 13th, 2015|

It’s the third day of your diet, and you’re craving sweets. Chocolate, ice cream, anything  sugary, carb-­loaded and definitely not a plus for your waistline. It doesn’t help that this new diet, one of several that you have tried over the years, reduces your food intake  significantly. Left hungry and on the brink of starvation, […]

Social Justice and Our Social Health

By |March 11th, 2015|

Death is inevitable.

 It seems a macabre statement to make, but the truth of it cannot be denied. We public health and medical professionals spend our careers studying all manners of physical and mental maladies in an attempt to thwart them. Treat them. Cure or eradicate them. But death is inevitable.

And so we attempt […]

Despite its flaws, the Affordable Care Act is a step forward

By |March 4th, 2015|

(Article reposted from KEVIN MD.com with the permission of Author, Meena Hasan)

Most mornings, I opt to take the red line commuter train from my apartment in Bethesda, Maryland to my hospital in Washington, DC. Despite the costly two-way fare, it’s a worthwhile journey because it’s a chance to observe the various other commuters making their […]

Why Health Insurance Matters

By |February 4th, 2015|

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided American Muslims with a unique opportunity to put our faith into practice: signing up for health insurance helps us better look after our own health, as well as the health of others in our community.

It is narrated in a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be […]