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Why Is the World Ignoring the Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar?

Last spring, a flowering of democracy in Myanmar mesmerized the world. But now, three months after the democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi won a parliamentary seat and a month after she traveled to Oslo to belatedly receive the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, an alarm bell is ringing in Myanmar.
‘Aung Suu Kyi, though not as powerful as the military officers who control Myanmar’s transition, should not duck questions about the Rohingyas.’
In the villages of Arakan state, near the Bangladeshi border, a pogrom against a population of Muslims called the Rohingyas began in June. It is the ugly side of Myanmar’s democratic transition — a rotting of the flower, even as it seems to bloom. 
Cruelty toward the Rohingyas is not new. They have faced torture, neglect and repression in the Buddhist-majority land since independence in 1948. Myanmar’s Constitution closes all options for Rohingyas to be citizens, on grounds that their ancestors didn’t live there when the land, once called Burma, came under British rule in the 19th century (a contention the Rohingyas dispute). Even now, as military rulers have begun to loosen their grip, there is no sign of change for the Rohingyas. Instead, the Burmese are trying to cast them out. 
The current violence can be traced to the rape and killing in late May of a Buddhist woman, for which the police reportedly detained three Muslims. That was followed by mob attacks on Rohingyas and other Muslims that killed dozens of people. According to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, state security forces have now conducted mass arrests of Muslims; they destroyed thousands of homes, with the impact falling most heavily on the Rohingyas. Displaced Rohingyas have tried to flee across the Naf River to neighboring Bangladesh; some have died in the effort. 
The Burmese media have cited early rioting by Rohingyas and have cast them as terrorists and traitors. In mid-June, in the name of stopping such violence, the government declared a state of emergency. But it has used its border security force to burn houses, kill men and evict Rohingyas from their villages. And on Thursday, President Thein Sein suggested that Myanmar could end the crisis by expelling all of its Rohingyas or by having the United Nations resettle them — a proposal that a United Nations official quickly rejected. 
This is not sectarian violence; it is state-supported ethnic cleansing and the nations of the world aren’t pressing Myanmar’s leaders to stop it. Even Suu Kyi has not spoken out. 
In mid-June, after some Rohingyas fled by boat to villages in Bangladesh, they told horrifying stories to a team of journalists whom I accompanied to Cox’s Bazar, a Bangladeshi city near the border. They said they had come under fire from a helicopter and that three of six boats were lost. Some children drowned during the four-day trip; others died of hunger. Once in Bangladesh, they said, the families faced deportation back to Myanmar. But some children who were separated from their parents made their way to the houses of villagers for shelter; other children may even now be starving in hide-outs or have become prey for criminal networks. Border guards found an abandoned newborn on a boat; after receiving medical treatment, the infant was left in the temporary care of a local fisherman. 
Why isn’t this pogrom arousing more international indignation? Certainly, Myanmar has become a destination for capital investment now that the United States, the European Union and Canada have accepted the government’s narrative of democratic transition and have largely lifted the economic sanctions they began applying after the massacre of thousands of democracy protesters in 1988 (measures that did not prevent multinational companies from doing business with the regime). Still, when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Myanmar late last year and welcomed its first steps toward democratization, she also set down conditions for strengthening ties, including an end to ethnic violence. 
The plight of the Rohingyas begins with their statelessness — the denial of citizenship itself, for which Myanmar is directly responsible. Suu Kyi, though not as powerful as the military officers who control Myanmar’s transition, should not duck questions about the Rohingyas, as she has done while being feted in the West. Instead, she should be using her voice and her reputation to point out that citizenship is a basic right of all humans. On July 5, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, appealed to her to speak up to help end the violence. 
To be sure, Bangladesh can do more. Its river border with Myanmar is unprotected; thousands of Rohingyas have been rowing or swimming it at night. But even though Bangladesh has sheltered such refugees in the past — hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas live here now, legally or illegally — it has been reluctant so far this year to welcome them, out of fear of encouraging an overwhelming new influx. 
Already, such fears have aroused anti-Rohingya sentiment among some Bangladeshis and initially Bangladesh’s government tried to force the refugees back without assisting them. After some villagers risked arrest by sheltering refugees, the government began to offer humanitarian aid, before sending them back on their boats. Bangladesh should shelter the refugees as it has in years past, as the international community is urging. 
But the world should put its spotlight on Myanmar. It should not so eagerly welcome democracy in a country that leaves thousands of stateless men and women floating in a river, their corpses washing up on its shores, after they have been reviled in, and driven from, a land in which their families have lived for centuries. 
The New York Times 
Moshahida Sultana Ritu, an economist, teaches at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

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Dedicated to the Brave Soldiers of Pakistan Army Fighting the India Supported Demonic “Pakistani” Taliban

Pakistan Army Captain Usman Ali Shaheed’s Mother Kissing His Photo. He was martyred in Nato Airstrike.

 

Medium animated flag of Pakistan

 

Capt. Usman Ali Shaheed
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Capt. Usman Ali Shaheed (Sitara-e-Jurrat) embraced shahadat in NATO air strike at Salala post in Mohmand Agency on 26 Nov 2011. He belonged to Sahiwal and joined 7AK Regiment of Pakistan Army with 116 Long Course – Salahuddin Company.
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Sitara-e-Jurrat.
Embraced shahadat in NATO air strike at Salala post in Mohmand Agency on 26 Nov 2011. He belonged to Sahiwal and joined 7AK Regiment of Pakistan Army with 116 Long Course – Salahuddin Company.
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Born February 28, 1988
Location Sahiwal, Punjab, Pakistan
Awards Sitara-e-Jurrat.
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Personal Information Embraced shahadat in NATO forces air strike at Salala post in Mohmand Agency on 26 Nov 2011. He belonged to Sahiwal and joined 7AK Regiment of Pakistan Army with 116 Long Course – Salahuddin Company.

Capt. Usman Ali ShaheedAboutAboutCapt. Usman Ali Shaheed (Sitara-e-Jurrat) embraced shahadat in NATO air strike at Salala post in Mohmand Agency on 26 Nov 2011. He belonged to Sahiwal and joined 7AK Regiment of Pakistan Army with 116 Long Course – Salahuddin Company.BiographySitara-e-Jurrat.Embraced shahadat in NATO air strike at Salala post in Mohmand Agency on 26 Nov 2011. He belonged to Sahiwal and joined 7AK Regiment of Pakistan Army with 116 Long Course – Salahuddin Company.Basic InfoBorn February 28, 1988Location Sahiwal, Punjab, PakistanAwards Sitara-e-Jurrat.Gender MalePersonal Information Embraced shahadat in NATO forces air strike at Salala post in Mohmand Agency on 26 Nov 2011. He belonged to Sahiwal and joined 7AK Regiment of Pakistan Army with 116 Long Course – Salahuddin Company.

 


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KHICHRI -15 year old Anum Bandey breaks Pak record.Our National Malaise, Flickering Lights, Chachas & Mammas, and Casteism

Pakistan

Pakistan – Athletes victims of national malaise.

Sports have died in Pakistan, the glory days of “Fastest Man in Asia,” Hav.Abdul Khaliq, Hav.Mubarak Shah, hockey greats like Shahnaz Shaikh and Naseer Bunda, and Squash Kings Hashim Khan and Jehangir Khan are bygone. 

Nevertheless, it is remarkable that Pakistan still keeps producing great athletes. A country, where all athletics and sports, including cricket are under the control of a mediocre, inept, and dazzlingly corrupt ruler named Zardari and his henchmen and goondas of PPP. One wonders, at how can sports flourish in a country, where berths in Olympic Squads are based on nepotism, connections, bribery and “Sifarish.” A good example of the corrupt sports system is the Chef-De-Mission, or the Executive head of the Pakistan Olympic Mission. He is a well known crooked general, who made billions during Musharraf era and whose uncouth “jatti,” wife speaks English with a Thokar Niaz Beg accent.  

A Few Flickering Lights

In this darkness of the nation, there are a few flickering lights among our athletes. An athlete like Rabia Ashiq is a trail blazer. She comes from a conservative family, but, with the support of her family, especially her father, and through her dogged determination found a place for herself in the Pakistani Olympic Squad.Those Pakistanis who had watched her interview, with the most brilliant Pakistani TV commentator, Talat Hussain, may get teary-eyed with pride; and have their chest bulge a few inches at the courage and determination of Rabia. She is a determined and brave daughter of Pakistan, whom, not a single Pakistani sports organization or government personality, supported during her training. Rabia Ashiq represents the best and the brightest of Pakistani athlete. We would like to dub her as a “Pakistani Dynamo,” you have to meet her to believe what we are saying. We are not only a nuclear nation. We also have women like Rabia, whose drive and determination is like a candle, which has lit up Pakistan. And, we have bright lights like Anum Bandey, who is no less.

The Winds of Corruption, which Deprive Thousands of other Flickering Lights (our young sportmen and women), who would Make the Nation Proud

Yes, Pakistan sportsmen and women are capable of winning, a tens of Olympic Medals?

Poverty cannot be used as an excuse for lack of better facilities for Pakistani men and women athletes. Ex-PM Gilani, Raja Rental, and Zardari’s and his piglets of PPPs and their Jiyalas in the bureaucracy junkets costs millions of dollars from the public exchequer or Pakistani tax-payers blood and sweat soaked money.

The Pakistani nation has become immune to such corrupt practices. It acts like a numbed deer in the clutches of a hyena. It may not condone them. All it does is complain about them and does nothing the hold them accountable. A time is not far off, when a another Pakistan will take birth in Dubai, where all the looted wealth will serve the needs of the Zardaris, the Raja Rentals, the Khosas, the Raisanis, the Khakwanis, the Chaudhries Mukhtars, Shujaat, Fazl Elahi, and even the bald headed intellectually challenged US’s favorite named Nawaz Shariff. But before the advent of a “Dubai-based corrupted Pakistan,” occurs, a farce of an election will take place. The Waderas, the Jagirdars, the Zamindars,and the hosts of others named earlier. They WILL NEVER let Imran Khan, or the dreamers of PTI, to reform the country in peace. Already, they (PPP,PML etc) have planted their trojan horses and moles in PTI.

Pakistan’s election will bring back, the same toola or coterie of crooks through their surrogates, their equally or more depraved children, the Moosa Gilanis, the Hamza Shariffs, the Moonis Elahis, of course how can one forget Bilawal, Asifa, and Bakhtawar, the curse of Bhutto family will NEVER ever leave the country.

When it comes down to electing honest representatives, the common people vote for the persons they fear most:the Waderas, Jagirdars, evil and corrupt business tycoons, and the morbidly obese Mussollinis, who is in love with himself, Altaf Hussain of MQM.

Pakistanis will say that they fear Allah. But, in their hearts of hearts they fear the feudals, the corrupt politicians and their neural network of relatives and “garians,”the sold-out luqmanized media personalities, the relations of bureaucrats. For example, at one time, Nawaz Shariffs cousins used to live in an enclave off of Hall/Beadon Road. The whole neighborhood called Lakshmi Mansion was afraid of them and acted with great deference towards them. In the same area roamed the devils disciple named, Malik Riaz, buying property, by fair means and foul.

In Pakistan, Malik Riaz is the tip of the “iceberg of shaitan businessmen.” There are thousand of them still flourishing and looting the nation. Malik riaz was too smart for his own good. He eventually fell into the spiders web, by mistaking the CJs son to be a honey bee, instead of realizing, that the CJ would be his nemesis.

Pakistan is infested with a virus of corrupt politicians and rulers

Pakistan has been infested with virulent politicians. These political-virion have hundreds of chacha, mamma, khaloos, and their zillions of aulads (progeny), that have a stranglehold on Pakistans economy. while these parasitic political virions flourish in the body of Pakistan, they suck the life out of the poor and indigent 180 million have-nots.

Pakistanis should ask the question would our beloved Prophet Muhammad (salallaho alayhay wa alay he sallam) approve the casteism which exists in Pakistani Society. If the answer is “NO,” then why do we carry on tradition of casteism from a mushriq society? Our Mullas are pretty silent on this issue.

Pakistanis vote for their caste. In Pakistani, casteism is just as bad as in India, when it comes to voting in election.  

Pakistani Caste System

The caste system is generally considered out dated and archaic. There is no historic precedence with which to create a hierarchy, rather most castes are judged and ranked in society by the prestige attached to the jobs with which the caste entails.

  • Sayed: Peers (Monk)
  • Jat: Landowners; they add with their first name the name of “Chaudry”, “Shima”,
  • Shaikhs: Tradesmen,  they add with their first name the name of “Malik.”
  • Kashmiri: Of origin of Kashmir, they form a caste in Punjab, make various traders
  • Arian: Farmers or Vegetable growers. Also claiming descent from Mohammad bin Qasim, whose troops had been recruited in Arabia/Persian Crescent. They are originated mainly in Persia and became with time landowners. One finds this caste only in Punjab. They add with their first name the name of “Chaudry”, “Mian”, “Mair”, sometimes “Khan.”
  • Teli: Business caste, traditionally oil makers, provided edible oil to society.
  • Rajput: Traditionally landowners.
  • Kakezai – A well educated ethnic group mostly settled in cities, linked to business.
  • Qazi: The oral tradition said that they would go down from the Afghan soldiers. They would have since the beginning exerted the function of monk. Currently it is a caste land great landowners; it is very largely represented in the administration and the bureaucracy. They add with their first name the name of “Qureshi”.
  • Pathan: Descendants of pathans from Afghanistan, KPH, and FATA, they form a caste in Punjab, they are various trades as civils servant, tradesmen…
  • Gujar: Herdsmen, and often landowners.

The Lower Castes:

  • Tarhan: Carpenters.
  • Qamyar: Potters.
  • Lowar: Will forge.
  • Kassaï: Butchers.
  • Mirassi: Travelling musicians, troubadours.
  • Mautchi: Shoe-makers.
  • Tobi: Launderers.
  • Darzi: Dressmakers.
  • Jalaye: Tisserands.
  • Lahari: Dyers.
  • Mashqi: Water carriers.
  • Teli: Oil makers
  • Balwalai: Messengers.
  • Naï: Hairdressers; they are also able to make small operations, they circumscise the new born ones and are cooks during the festivals and the marriages…
  • Fakir: The professional beggars and peers
In a society, where equal opportunity is non-existent and biradaris exist , how can one expect a per to succeed based on thei own Allah bestowed or God  given talent?
And that dear brothers and sisters, why in the comity of nation, Pakistan is at the tail end, just before Botswana and Burundi.
Having said that, we have to make do with what we have as our athletes, and expect no miracles!
We have to CLEAN PAKISTAN WITH A MIXTURE OF LYE AND AQUA REGIA, before, we stake our claim as a great nation.

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Anum Bandey breaks Pak record in London

Sunday, July 29, 2012 

KARACHI: Pakistan’s England-born swimmer Anum Bandey on Saturday bettered her own national record when she clocked 5:34.64 in the opening heat of the 400m Individual Medley event of women’s swimming at London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

Aiming to deliver her best, the 15-year-old Anum lived up to expectations. Although her more preferred event is the 200m breaststroke, Anum was given the opportunity to show her worth at London 2012 in the 400m IM on wild card.

 

At last year’s World Championships in Shanghai, Anum had broken Olympian Kiran Khan’s 400m IM national record by clocking 5:37.11.

 

In London, Anum had entered the fray as the swimmer with the lowest timing among the 36 competitors who took part in the 400m IM heats. The timings of her other rivals was less than five minutes, much better than Anum’s.

 

“She has done a wonderful job by breaking her own national record,” Pakistan Swimming Federation (PSF) secretary Major Majid Wasim told ‘The News’ after Anum’s showing at the Aquatic Centre nestled in the Olympic Park.

 

“I think she is the only Pakistani swimmer in Olympic history, who has performed so well,” he said.

 

“Neither Rubab Raza, Kiran Khan or Adil Baig have done so well in Olympics,” added Majid, who had come under criticism for sending Anum Bandey to the World Championship in China last year.

 

“The way Anum has performed in London, I can confidently say that she will win a gold medal in the South Asian Game, a feat that has never been achieved by any of our female swimmers,” Majid stressed.

 

The London-based Anum had undergone training in South Africa before her dream London assignment.

 

The other Pakistani swimmer at London 2012, Israr Hussain, will compete in the 100m freestyle heats to be held on July 31.

 

Israr’s personal best in the same event is 57.69 seconds which he had inked at the World Championship in China. But there are fears that the Rawalpindi swimmer will not be able to deliver his best because he is not fully fit. The 26-year old Israr hurt his left foot when he had slipped in the swimming pool in Peshawar during the National Championship, a few days before flying for London.

 

Athlete Liaquat Ali will compete in the 100m preliminaries on August 4. It is one of the best events in the Olympics and all eyes are on the World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt who will defend his title. The Jamaican had stunned the world by clocking 9.69 seconds at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But the sturdy man came up with an even better performance when he clocked 9.58 at the World Championship in Berlin on August 16, 2009.

 

Rabia Ashiq, another Pakistani athlete, will compete in the 800m event on August 8. Rabia, who belongs to Lahore, bettered her personal best timing in the 800m by clocking 2.18 at the Asian Championship in Kobe (Japan) last year.

 

The country’s experienced shooter Khurram Inam will compete in the skeet competitions on Monday (tomorrow) at 9:42pm PST. This is Khurram’s third Olympic appearance as he has already featured at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

 

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Captain Safar Khan Qambrani Shaheed – Brave Officer of Pakistan Army from Balochistan

A BRAVE AND VALIANT SON OF BALOCHISTAN

Biography

Captain Safar Khan had got his early education from Pak Public Model School killi Bangulzai and passed his intermediate exams from Tameer-e-Nau Public College Quetta. Then he joined the Pak Army in 2001.
In April 2003, he got commission from Pakistan Military Academy Kakul and was appointed in the prominent Unit 38 Baloch Regiment.
Captain Safar Khan, who belongs to Qambrani tribe of Balochistan, was a very brave army officer. He embraced martyrdom after killing several terrorists fighting against Islam and anti-state elements in Orakzai Agency on June 8.

About Me

embraced martyrdom on june 8th,2010 during a fight in Orakzai Agency.
he was laid to rest in Quetta.

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Joined Facebook 12/12/2011

Location quetta,balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan

Hometown quetta

Affiliation pakistan Army

Awards Tamgha-e-jasarat.

Gender Male

Personal Information A PROUD AND VALIANT SON OF BALOCHISTAN

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REBUTTAL TO REP PETER KING : U.S. Muslim Servicemen who Have Died in the Service of Our Country : Crescents Among the Crosses at Arlington Cemetery

Not a single Hindu American has died serving America!

In American  Congress, a new Joseph McCarthy appears every decade. This mantle is nowadays donned on by a Jewish American Congressman from New York, named Peter King. He opposes every effort by the State Department to build bridges with the Islamic World. He carries a grudge, which is unfounded and has no precedence in history, except, that of Stephen Solarz of New York, some years ago. The American Muslim community’s defence is led by James Zogby, who has done a remarkable job. But, the mainstream Muslim community organizations like ISNA and ICNA are involved in their own parochial battles to defend Muslims against Rep.Peter King’s repeated attacks. He has become an anti-Muslim Joe McCarthy of sorts.  The mainstream Jewish and Muslim communities get along very well in America, except, for a handful of zealots. But, America has a core of people, who are moderate and critical thinkers. They do not espouse such views as Rep.King does. So, because this topic of baiting and hating Muslims wins votes from the fringe and creates fear in the general American public is a favorite of Rep.King. He has dishonored the memory of U.S. Muslim Servicemen who have died in the Service of Our Country.

This information is from a Jewish Owned Newspaper, the New York Times *

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/us/09muslim.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

U.S. Muslim Servicemen who Have Died in the Service of Our Country

Posted on January 11, 2011

 

Crescents Among the Crosses at Arlington Cemetery

Source: ThinkProgress.org

“As of 2006, some 212 Muslim-American soldiers had been awarded Combat Action Ribbons for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and seven had been killed,” the New York Times reported in 2009. On Memorial Day, 2008, the organization Muslim Military Members asked that the Muslim soldiers buried in Arlington Cemetery after dying for their country be remembered:

When you wander the cemetery grounds that overlook Washington, DC, you’ll notice the grave of Army Captain Humayun Khan, who lured a suicide car bomb away from the men in his charge, saving their lives but giving up his own. You might also come across the grave of Army Spc. Rasheed Sahib, an American Muslim from Guyana who was killed in Iraq as well, under mysterious circumstances. And then there’s Army Spc. Omead Razani, a son of Iranian immigrants who also died in Iraq. Also, Marine Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Waters-Bey was killed in a helicopter crash on his way to duty in Iraq. In fact, you’ll find the graves of fallen Muslim soldiers and Muslim veterans in military cemeteries all over the United States, from Hassein Ahmed (Army, WWII) to Ibrahim Muhammad (Navy, WWII), from Mahir Hasan (Army, Korea) to Abul Fateh Umar Khan (Air Force, Korea).

Source: New York Times and Muslim Military Members

And yet more than 3,500 Muslims have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Defense Department figures provided to The Times. As of 2006, some 212 Muslim-American soldiers had been awarded Combat Action Ribbons for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and seven had been killed.

Too many Americans overlook the heroic efforts of Arab-Americans in uniform, said Capt. Eric Rahman, 35, an Army reservist who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq at the start of the war. He cited the example of Petty Officer Second Class Michael A. Monsoor, a Navy Seal and practicing Christian of Lebanese and Irish descent who was awarded the Medal of Honor after jumping on a grenade and saving at least three team members during a firefight in 2006, in Ramadi, Iraq.

Yet Petty Officer Monsoor will never be remembered like Major Hasan, said Captain Rahman.

Regardless, he said, Muslim- and Arab-Americans are crucial to the military’s success in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Take a look at these conflicts,” he said. “We need those skill sets, we need those backgrounds, we need those perspectives.

But, We would ask any sick American, who treated them in the hospital? Who was the surgeon, who performed your open heart surgery? Have they not heard of the most popular doctor in America, Dr.Mehmet Oz, who is a Turkish Muslim. There are so many Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons treating Americans, that they have their own Association, APPNA:

http://www.appna.org/

Thousands of Muslim men and women physicians and surgeons minister to the health of American, irrespective of race, religion, class, gender, or national origins.  Jewish Hospitals have Muslim physicians and Surgeons.

http://www.imana.org/

http://amwpa.org/

 

It’s 4am, your child has just fallen out of bed and injured his head and arm.  An ambulance arrives and rushes you and your son to a hospital.  The ambulance doors open, and you are greeted by a team of medical professionals wearing beards and hijab.  Your son is wheeled into the emergency room and instead of screams, you are soothed by the sound of Quranic recitation and the fragrance of frankincense and myrrh.  

You’ve not entered the twilight zone, instead you have entered a Muslim American hospital—a medical center that combines cutting edge modern “western-medicine” with alternative medical approaches of the East, including At-tib unnebuwia, ancient techniques used by the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him).  

Such a medical facility does not exist, at least not for now.  However, there are significant numbers of Muslim physicians.

Available data suggests that the number of Muslim physicians may be even over-proportionate to our community’s total population in the U.S.

According to the American Medical Association (AMA), as of 2006, there were 921,904 U.S. physicians.  The AMA does not report on the religion of its members.  However, it is known, that 113,585 or 12% of US physicians in 2006 were Asian and 32,452 or 3.5% of physicians were African American.

In addition, a 2006 Association of American Medical Colleges study entitled “Diversity in the Physician Workforce” indicates that Indians and Pakistanis account for the largest population of Asian physicians.  And while many Indian physicians may be Hindus, the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America boasts a membership of 7,000 current and retired physicians.

Looking at the African American population, the US Census bureau reports that there are an estimated 40.2 million African Americans.  U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee testimony given on October 14, 2003 suggests that as many as 2.4 million Muslims are African Americans, 5.9% of the total African American population.  Based upon this figure, one can extrapolate that there are approximately 2000 Muslim physicians who are African American.

An analysis of all the above data suggests that more than 10% of American physicians are Muslim, while Muslims make up less than 3% of the total U.S. population.  “Thus, it is safe to say there is number of Muslim physicians is above average,” says Dr. Salim Aziz, a prominent heart surgeon with offices in Maryland and the District.

And why no Muslim hospitals?

“The question of building hospitals bring you to the issue of finances as well as the issue of whether we have the will and focus to build institutions in general,” says Dr. Aziz, a 30-year veteran of the medical profession.

Dr. Aziz states “If you look at the Jewish community for example, they got started by investing in academia.  By giving money to non-Jewish colleges and universities, they [the Jewish community] paved the road for themselves to gain a foot-hold in teaching hospitals.  This [involvement] gave them the experience to [eventually] launch their own hospitals.  As a community, we have not invested in academic institution-building.”

To address this problem, our leaders must become more sophisticated and begin developing long-range plans for our masjid communities, opines Dr. Aziz.  Next, Dr. Aziz asserts that Muslims must look beyond our ethnicities and work together as a single community.  With the planning and collaboration, our community should be in a better position to grow our resources and then begin wisely investing these resources by building colleges, hospitals and other institutions, advises Dr. Aziz.

One such effort at cross-ethnic Muslim institution-building is evident in the Association of Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP).  In 2004, this group started as a listserv merely to connect Muslim health professionals and students from various disciplines across North America. According to AMHP’s website, the purpose of the listserv was to serve as a forum for discussion on healthcare issues as well as a networking tool.  The listserv allowed Muslims in the health care fields to unite and put an end to the fragmentation that had previously existed in the community, AMHP historical documents suggest.

The group’s first organizational meeting was held in conjunction with the 2004 Annual ISNA Convention in Rosemont, IL. Today, we have 1200 members says AMHP spokesperson Janice French, a Muslimah based in Maryland who works in the social work field.  “At this point, we’re focused on research and assisting Muslim communities in forming “free” clinics.” These clinics are designed to serve both Muslim and non-Muslim patients alike who have no or little health coverage, states French.

According to French, there are less than a half dozen Muslim “free” clinics including one associated with the Muslim Community Center, a masjid community located in Silver Spring, MD.  The MCC Clinic has been open for nearly five years now and was founded with a particular focus on serving patients who were here in the country on visitor visas states Iman Romodan, MCC Clinic General Manager.  Since the clinic is also open to Muslims and non-Muslims, it employs Muslim and non-Muslim doctors, 18 in total, notes Romodan.  In addition to treating patients themselves, Romodan states “the MCC Clinic also refers patients to a network of radiologists and other healthcare providers whose fees are reasonably priced, since many patients are quite frequently without medical insurance.”

AMHP’s French believes that Muslim clinics like the MCC “free” clinic can provide our community with the experience needed for us to eventually build Muslim hospitals.

“At this point, there are no Muslim hospitals, just many Muslims in Hospitals,” French acknowledges.  However, as we start to work together more and overcome issues that separate us, we’ll begin to see Muslim owned hospitals and other institutions, states French.

Through greater Muslim unity, Muslim hospitals may be over the horizon and just in time to treat that Muslim child who injures himself by falling out of bed.

Coutesy:http://www.shawuniversitymosque.org/JTaqwa/modules.php?

name=News&file=article&sid=1698

 

 So, Rep. Peter King, Muslims are doing nation building in America.

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