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“Khuda sagla Doctor-o ne khidmat karwane yaari aape, ehna haath per mumin ne ane ibaadullah ne shifa haasil thai, doctor-o ni ginti hajin ziyada thai.” Min kalemaat nooraniyah Jamadil-ullah 1436H, Orange County
Welcome to the Saifee Burhani Medical Association of America! We are honored to be the first association of its kind founded under the direction of Syedna wa Molana Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS), with the guidance of Shehzada Husain bhaisaheb (DM) and Shehzada Qusai bhaisaheb (DM).
We endeavour to be a truly unique organization within the framework of Dawat. Largely self-sufficient and self governing, we have been given a large, almost overwhelming mission, to use our specialized skills and training to bring mumineen closer to Mola (TUS). Needless to say, it will take time and hard work by all of our members to bring it to fruition. But with Mola’s (TUS) doa, we are confident that we can reach our goal.
Our platform consists of three main planks:
- Khidmat of mumineen — we hope to accomplish this through the standardization of medical khidmat for mumineen in the United States, largely run currently through the “mumin free clinic” model, with each center re-inventing the wheel as they go. By standardizing this model, we can benefit from each other’s collective experiences and ideas and eventually move forward to provide proactive preventative care which is so sorely needed in our community.
- Mentorship of students — applying to and studying at any school related to the health sciences is an overwhelming and highly competitive process. Trying to accomplish this while being an observant mumin can be doubly so. We hope to help mentor potential students through their undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training to ease the road in front of them, let them learn from our mistakes, and share in our experience. We hope to also be able to provide halal financial aid to these students as well.
- Networking and Professional development — Through an organized structure, we can assist one another more than we perhaps realize. Looking to relocate? Each of us has an extensive network of doctors in many specialties locally which could be tapped in to. In private practice? There may be benefit in shared management schemes or group purchasing rates. Eventually we hope to offer CME credits as well, perhaps during our Meeqat Muqadassah such as Ashara Mubaraka, to encourage doctors to come by providing financial incentives in the form of tax deduction or use of earmarked CME funds.
As you can see, we have quite a broad scope and quite a heavy responsibility. That is why we are so excited to have the enthusiastic membership we continue to enjoy. While the leadership council has, under the guidance of Shehzada saheb, laid out some preliminary ideas and some basic groundwork, there is much more work to be done. Our ideas and goals for the first year are preliminarily as follows:
- The development of an infrastructure to SBMAA. Our current structure consists of five members of the leadership council appointed with the raza mubarak of Mola (TUS). We have also formed a 25 member “advisory board” to help us with the dissemination and implementation of ideas and initiatives. We have made every effort to make this board as diverse as possible, with regards to gender, specialty, and geography. HOWEVER, for the plans, the ideas, the research, the top level work, and everything else, we are dependent on you, the members. We sincerely hope, desire, and indeed expect, to hear your input, your creative ideas, your out-of-the-box thoughts, and yes, your criticisms. The first step in this “horizontal leadership” concept is a blog on our website, available for all members to share their thoughts, and for others to comment upon them.
- The establishment of an assistance program to assist young medical professionals (particularly students or post graduate trainees) to attend Ashara Mubaraka 1437H. These are folks who may be so engrossed in their training that they do not feel they have time for this commitment, or folks who are spending so much on tuition, or making so little as post-graduate trainees that they do not feel they can go. Our hope is that they will indeed attend and gather the azeem sharaf of attending Ashara and doing khidmat of mumineen in the medical camps there, thus gaining valuable career experience as well.
- We hope to offer continuing education credits at upcoming meeqats, to encourage people to attend and partake of the barakaat through the use of incentives such as not having to use “vacation time”, use of tax deductions, and use of CME money.
- The development of a mentorship “infrastructure” where students can find physicians who share their interests, and would be willing to guide them through the complexities of career and job choices, while understanding the particular cultural and religious needs of mumineen. This would also extend to include physicians willing to allow pre-medical students to “shadow” them during the day to gain insight, experience, and even letters of recommendation.
That’s a lot to do, and that’s just the first year! But Mola (TUS) has confidence we can do it, and has given us his doa, which makes nothing impossible. So roll up those sleeves, it’s time to get to khidmat!
Abde Syedna (TUS)
Aamer Sk. Husain Jamali (MD)
Secretary, Saifee Burhani Medical Association of America
With raza of Aali Qadar Moula, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (tus) the administrative structure of the Saifee Burhani Medical Association of America will be as follows:
Board of Directors
Shahzada Aaliwaqar Al-Qaid Johar Bhaisaheb Ezzuddin (DM)
Shahzada Aaliwaqar Qusai Bhaisaheb Vajihuddin (DM)
Shahzada Aaliwaqar Ammar Bhaisaheb Jamaluddin (DM)
Shahzada Aaliwaqar Husain Bhaisaheb Saifuddin (DM)
Janab Behlul Bhaisaheb Zakiuddin
Janab Salman Bhaisaheb Rashid
Dr. Shaikh Najmuddin Bhai Karimjee (Houston) – President
Dr. Shaikh Shabbir Bhaisaheb Shakir (Bakersfield) – Vice President
Dr. Shaikh Aamer Bhai Jamali (Los Angeles) – Secretary
Dr. Mulla Mufaddal Bhai Moosabhoy (Chicago) – Joint Secretary
Shaikh Aziz Bhai Poonawalla, Ph.D. (Chicago) – Joint Secretary
Shaikh Hatim Bhai Poonawalla (Chicago) – Treasurer
Shaikh Mohammed Ali Bhai Millwala (Houston) – Joint Treasurer
Dr. Mulla Lamiya Bhen Dahodwala (Boston) – Internal Medicine
Dr. Shaikh Mustafa Bhai Mandviwala (Houston) – Cardiology
Dr. Shaikh Khozema Bhai Palanpurwala (Houston) – Pediatrics
Dr. Shaikh Aliakbar Bhai Bhuriwala (Houston) – Internal Medicine
Dr. Shaikh Hujefa Bhai Bharmal (Dallas) – Internal Medicine
Dr. Shaikh Aliasgar Bhai Mogri (Houston) – Dentistry
Dr. Shaikh Abbas Bhai Abdulhusein (Toronto) – Family Medicine
Dr. Sakina Bhen Gandhi (Toronto) – Family Medicine
Dr. Shaikh Akil Bhai Merchant (Los Angeles) – Hematology/Oncology
Mulla Hozefa Bhai Diwan, Ph.D. (Boston) – Public Health and Epidemiology
Dr. Alefiya Bhen Al-Qamari (Boston) – Internal Medicine
Dr. Nafisa Bhen Burhani (Chicago) – Hematology/Oncology
Huzefa Bhai Raja, Pharm.D. (Chicago) – Pharmacy
Dr. Nafisa Bhen Ghadiali (Chicago) – OBGYN/Psychiatry
Dr. Ahmed Ali Bhai Millwala (Ohio) – Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Hatim Bhai Burhani (Detroit) – Podiatry
Dr. Mulla Mustafa Bhai Bohra (Detroit) – Infectious Disease
Dr. Fehmida Bhen Vejlani (Houston) – Internal Medicine
Dr. Mulla Moiz Bhai Manaqibwala (New Jersey) – Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Batul Bhen Sabuwala (Orange County) – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Dr. Fatema Bhen Mewa (Toronto) – Internal Medicine
Dr. Shaikh Fakhruddin Bhai Attar (Detroit) – Internal Medicine
Dr. Mulla Abbas Bhai Al-Qamari (Chicago) – Pulmonary Critical Care
Dr. Mulla Husain Bhai Bharmal (Washington, D.C.) – Orthopedic and Spine Surgery
Dr. Saifuddin Bhai Vohra (Detroit) – Radiology
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Mubarak to all medical professionals from North America!
In wa’az, Maula (TUS) did zikr about fawaaqeh (fruits). While doing zikr about apples, Maula (tus) noted the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and farmayu, “ehm kahye ke Doctor aawey and doctor beeja nay bhi laawey.” Moula khaas khitaab kidu ane dua farmaawi for the 250 medical professionals present.
Aali Qadar Moula (tus) gave the name, Saifee Burhani Medical Association of America (SBMAA), for the organization of medical professionals of the US and Canada. Moula (tus) granted a sum of US$252k for the SBMAA to operate and achieve its mission statement. The SBMAA will operate as a subsidiary of Dawat – Hadiyah, America.
Medical professionals ijtema was held from 4.30pm until 6.30pm. Shahzada Qusai bhaisaheb (dm) and Shahzada Husain bhaisaheb (dm) khitaab farmayu to the assembled professionals. Shz Ammar bhaisaheb (dm) and Shz Taha bhaisaheb (dm) also graced the occasion along with several Qasr e Aali sahebo.
Three broad objectives of the SBMAA were presented to the assembled professionals: (1) khidmat of mumineen with a focus on preventive health mandates, (2) mentorship and support of aspiring medical professionals, and (3) collaboration and networking for current medical professionals. Shaikh Aziz bhai Poonawalla, Ph.D. introduced the speakers and then Dr. Shaikh Najmuddin bhai Karimjee, Dr. Mulla Mufaddal bhai Moosabhoy, and Dr. Shaikh Aamer bhai Jamali presented details of these aims. Salman bhaisaheb Rashid and Ilyas bhaisaheb Najmuddin also spoke. This was followed by a Q&A and general discussion session, in which many important points were raised. Inshallah, video of the proceedings will be posted to the SBMAA website at sbmedical.org.
The following day, prior to wada majlis and zuhr namaz at Masjid al Jamali, Aali Qadar moula (tus) also gave sharaf of qadambosi to medical professionals.