A meeting with IMAN

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Last Sunday evening I had another wonderful time meeting familiar faces in this rather new world I am now affiliated with: The world of Medicine. And what’s better? I was able to become a part of a growing ‘family’ of professionals with a two unifying ideologies: Medicine and Islam.

The Islamic Medical Association of the Philippines (IMAN Phil) is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 with the aim to create a massive network of Muslim Professionals and Specialists in the medical field, uniting them not just because they have a single faith (Islam) and profession (doctors), but with the single ideology of serving the ummah of this generation. You can check the website of IMAN here: imanphil.org

The dinner meeting I attended was nothing but a simple informal gathering, organized by IMAN to meet-and-greet the Muslim Medical students in the Manila area. Although only a few of us were able to attend (most of the invited were on duty), it was still a wonderful gathering. The members of the boards of IMAN present who organized this meeting were Dr. Naheeda Mustofa (Internal Medicine, Clinical Nutrition; St. Lukes) and Dr. Khasmin Ismael (Board and founder, Health for Mindanao). Both Muslimah doctors inspired us with their experiences in the medical field from being a Muslim medstudent to being doctors. Also present in the meeting was my dear uncle, Dr. Nelson Laja (Medical Oncology, UP PGH) who also shared great insights about how we can further improve our

Arabic Kitchen has this nice place where we can gather around, without chair or high tables. :) Arabian style
 [photo from Dr. Mustofa]

The ever outnumbered male doctors (and soon to be)
 [photo from Dr. Mustofa]

We also talked about the Visions, Missions and goals of IMAN, the past activities they had, the challenges they experienced, and also the plans and activities the IMAN plans to have in the  future in sha Allah. IMAN emphasized the importance of involving the student body to better empower the future generation of doctors. They also assured the students that they can find help and support from IMAN if ever they need to. In fact, a number of IMAN’s future plans were directed in helping the medstudents like providing medical books they need during their academic career. We are hoping to strengthen the network of Muslim medical students not just in the capital region but in the whole Philippines as well in the future, in sha Allah.

We, the students and interns who attended the meeting were all enthusiastic and excited with the future activities IMAN have and in sha Allah hopefully we could participate actively in all of those planned activities. Looking forward to meeting new faces and members of this growing family I am happily affiliated with. Perhaps my dream of attending an authentic “Muslim Medical Students Summit” is not a farfetched dream after all :D

May Allah make things easy for IMAN. Allahumma ameen.

You can check the IMAN website here: www.imanphil.org or visit the IMAN FB Page: #no link yet#

For more info you can contact IMAN Phil at  imanphil07@gmail.com

Salam Kasilasa!
-Anakiluh, MD

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