I am always pleased to stories like this in which Muslims are working hard to serve the community at large. This is the true face of Islam
There was a free clinic in which several Muslim Doctors and I used to volunteer here in Northern Virginia. However, unfortunately, due to a lack of funding, that clinic was closed. But now as part of Dar Al Hijrah, I have asked our Social Services Department to work with Fairfax County’s Faith Community Liason, Sandra Chisholm, to build a partnership in establishing another free clinic to serve the community’s poor, under-insured and un-insured.
Fairfax County is looking into some sites that could be used. Since the fire at Dar Al Hijrah’s Social Services building, we are considering renovating that building to serve as a community health care clinic. In addition to that the Muslim American Society’s Service Corps has initiated the first pilot program in its Iowa Chapter partnering with a group called ‘Mission Health’ and in this initiative those who would come through our health clinic for screening would be pre-qualified and referred to participating hospital networks in the region.
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Director of Outreach at Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center and former Commissioner of DC’s Health Reform Commission, will be leading the negotiations with regional health care systems to recruit them to this national effort to provide health care for so many in our society who are among the millions of uninsured workers.