Minutes from the Ashara Medical Team Meeting in Houston, 9/26/15

Brief outline of major points discussed during the meeting of the Medical Team in Houston on Saturday, 9/26 –

Medical seminar and networking

Due to time crunch we may not be able to conduct official CME, however we can meet daily from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in a dedicated area with AV facilities and conduct medical lectures on topics of interest. This will also provide an excellent opportunity for networking.

Araz to Moula TUS for qadambosi and ziyafat

We will collect information of all physicians, dentists and allied medical professionals (practicing and students) and collectively present our khidmat and niaz to Aali Qadar Moula TUS. Subject to raza we may present ziyafat and qadambosi during Ashara ayyam.

Registration reminder

These initiatives will be coordinated by SBMAA. If you have not yet registered for SBMAA, please do so immediately at sbmedical.org/register so that you do not miss out on any critical information pertaining to these initiatives or other crucial details. You may also join the WhatsApp broadcast list by sending a Whatsapp message to Shk Aziz bhai Poonawalla on whatsapp at 832-654-5221. We also strongly encourage you to subscribe to SBMAA by entering your email address on the signup form and click the green “Subscribe” button on the left side of the sbmedical.org homepage.

Please also be sure to register your intention for khidmat at HoustonAshara.com

Bushra! Ashara 1437 Medical Camp Registration

On hearing the news this morning, we humbly performed Sajadat and Shukr. It is a great honor that our beloved Moula, Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, has bestowed on all of us, the mumineen of the United States, announcing that the auspicious days of Ashara Mubaraka will be observed this year in Houston, Texas.   We can all only hope that we are all witnesses to Moula TUS’s Sajadat on the day of Ashura.

The Mumineen of Houston have been hard at work for months planning this event. Many of you have been recruited for various khidmats already. With the raza of Shehzada Malek-ul-Ashtar Bhaisaheb, the Ashara 1437 Medical Camp Committee was formed to oversee the operation of a full service multispecialty clinic to serve Mumineen during these 10 days. The goals of the medical camp are not only to provide acute medical care to Mumineen in need, but also to screen for diseases such as diabetes and breast cancer, to provide educational services on various disease processes, and to ensure that Mumineen attending Ashara this year in Houston have access to the best medical and dental care that the US can offer.

Over the next several weeks, we will be organizing teams of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and ancillary volunteers to staff this clinic. We plan to have rapid response teams on call for any and all medical emergencies which may arise. We will have a concomitant urgent care facility within the clinic. There will be an area within the clinic for specialists to provide consultations to Mumineen. We will also be organizing a full service dental clinic this year. Importantly, there will be a disease screening clinic where we will offer diabetes and cholesterol screening, lab work, and breast cancer screenings. If specialists are willing, we will also set up some educational seminars centered around various topics pertinent directly to Mumineen and their health and well-being.

All of this requires staffing and volunteers. In conjunction with SBMAA, we would like to put out a general call for volunteers to staff these teams for Houston Ashara 1437. We would humbly ask that you sign up for the medical camp khidmat through HoustonAshara.com. Also, please leave a comment on this post to let us know what specific areas you would be willing to serve in during these days. Please post your area of medical expertise, your arrival date to Houston, and any other comments, questions, or ideas. We will make specific assignments for everyone involved. We pray that all of us work together to show the world how American physicians continue to be leaders in the medical community, providing a high standard of care, in humble service to our fellow Mumineen. Let us all work together to attain the Khushi Mubarak of our beloved Mufaddal Moula, TUS.

abeede Syedna TUS
Ashara Medical Committee
Shk Dr. Khozema Palanpurwala
Shk Dr. Shabbir Jamali
Shk Dr. Aliasgar Mogri
Shk Dr. Hujefa Bharmal

Ashara Scholarship Grant Program

During his historic first visit to the United States, Syedna Aali Qadar Mufaddal Saifuddin (tus) directly addressed medical professionals, exhorting us to perform khidmat, and inaugurating the Saifee Burhani Medical Association of America for this purpose. With the aim of fulfilling Moula’s (TUS) wishes and khushi, the SBMAA is proud to announce to first annual Ashara Scholarship Grant Program.

Inshallah, we will award 7 scholarships to American mumineen in order to attend Ashara Mubarak 1438H in Hazrate-e-Imamiyah. The first priority for these scholarships will be to medical students, post-graduates, and practicing physicians, however others are encouraged to apply as well.

The scholarship guidelines are as follows:

1) Grant applicants must be eligible, registered members of SBMAA (visit http//sbmedical.com/register)
2) Only one winner per family.
3) Grants will reimburse travel and accommodation to Ashara 1437H up to maximum of US $1000 if in Houston, $2000 if international.
4) Grant awardees will have the opportunity to perform khidmat of mumineen at the Burhani Medical Clinic during Ashara.

Please fill out the scholarship application onlineapplication deadline is Eid ul Adha!