The Chicago Muslim Medical Alliance (CMMA) held its Second Annual Educational Symposium Luncheon on Sunday, October 14th at Shalimar Banquets and physicians from all over Chicagoland came to attend the immersing event. The topic, “Clinical, Ethical, and Spiritual Aspects Relating to End of Life Care,” created a lot of buzz in the medical community and CMMA welcomed over 200 physicians from all religious denominations for the two hour CME provided by IMANA.
The day began with a few words from President Dr. Tajammul Hussain on the history of CMMA and discussed the importance of Muslims serving their community. Dr. Mir Haroon Ali, a member of the CMMA Board of Directors, was the emcee for the event. During the event, CMMA Committee Members presented projects that the organization is currently working on. Dr. Baseer Qazi, Chairman of Mentorship, presented on the Mentorship Committee which helps medical students and young doctors find jobs and internships. Dr. Qazi also discussed CMMA’s plans to provide interest-free loans in the near future to young Muslims pursing the path of medicine.
Dr. Massarat Bala, Chairman of Networking, presented an app that is in the works that would make it easy for members to stay in touch and would include a member-directory. Dr. Ilyas Khan, another CMMA Board Member, presented plans for a Luxury Condominium Project for Muslim Seniors. Dr. Muhammad Shahzad, Chairman of Outreach, discussed the nursing homes that CMMA is currently working with to provide care for elderly Muslims. He also talked about the work CMMA has done to provide for local food pantries and support local refugees through ICNA.
We also heard from Khalil Meek from the Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), a charity that funds legal work and programs to defend Muslims against injustice in American courtrooms, prisons, and communities.
The CME began by presenting a case on a patient receiving End of Life Care and crafting a discussion about best practices in the case. The cases were reviewed by Board Members, Dr. Danish Ahmed and Dr. Imran Shaikh and the CME was moderated by Dr. Baseer Qazi. Dr. Ahmed led the discussion and Q/A as the main speakers, Dr. Aasim Padela and Shaykh Amin Kholwadia, both experts in their fields, discussed the different responses in care that are recommended within the Islamic perspective. Dr. Padela is currently a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding at the University of Chicago. And Shaykh Amin is a Muslim scholar, mentor, and the founder of Darul Qasim, an institute of traditional Islamic higher learning headquartered in the Glendale Heights suburb of Chicago.
Lunch was served during the CME followed by dessert and tea. At this time, prominent community leaders were invited on stage to present awards for the awards ceremony. Dr. Bassam Osman, Chairman of CIOGC presented an award to Dr. Abbas Khawaja for his community service project of building a mosque: the Fox Valley Muslim Community Center. CIOGC Vice-Chair, Shanawaz Khan, presented an award to Dr. Shahid Ansari, for his service to the community as cofounder of the Islamic School, CPSA, and for his work on spreading the word of Islam. And, CMMA Director, Dr. Rand Diab presented an award to Dr. Saima Azfar for her community service as Executive Director of ICNA Chicago.
Dr. Ismail Shakaib, co-founder and CMMA Board Member gave the closing statements and award recipient Dr. Ansari made the closing Duas.
As CMMA continues to grow we hope to continue to make it bigger and better each year, inshAllah. We’d also like to thank all the sponsors and CMMA members for attending and helping us make this such a wonderful and enlightening event.