‘9 OUT OF 10 COMMANDMENTS INVOLVE COMPASSION’

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Source: Public Opinion

My faith and practice of medicine go hand in hand

By AMATUL KHALID, M.D.

I have been a physician for more than 30 years. Many times I have come across patients who ask me questions about how, as a Muslim woman, I could become a doctor, or about how I feel as a Muslim doctor taking care of Jewish and Christian patients?

The answer is simple.

There is no religion or gender in medicine, 9 out of 10 commandments involve compassion. The doctor- patient relationship is extremely sacred. It is defined by empathy, sympathy, trust and confidentiality, service and compassion to one who is in need. This gives me the opportunity to serve fellow human beings in a dignified manner. It does not matter who you are serving, where and when!

I am one of five sisters and three brothers; my father was a very humble but very intellectual and educated man. He made sure that all of his children got a good education. He put special emphasis on the education of his daughters. He mentored us and helped us. He woke us up early in the morning and made a special breakfast for us so that we could study early in the morning (he emphasized that if you study early in the morning you can understand better as your brain is very fresh). Because of his encouragement and efforts, among five sisters three of us are doctors and one is a nurse.

Education is ordained for all Muslim men and women. Any word of wisdom is the lost property of a Muslim. (Sunan At tirmidhi 2687) Malala and Boko Haram are two confusing examples. All those young girls in East Africa and Malala have been targets of extremism.

But if women’s education were not allowed in Islam, how could there be so many women doctors who are Muslims. Quran has commanded in multiple places to acquire knowledge and wisdom without any discrimination of gender. There are many other fathers like my father who have emphasized education for their daughters, following Islamic teachings.

Consider the following verses: Quran 62:2 – He is the one who sent a glorious messenger (may peace and blessings of God be uponhim) among the illiterate people from amongst themselves who recites to them His revelations and cleanses and purifies them and teaches them the book and wisdom.

Quran 2:151 – He teaches you the book and inculcates in you logic and wisdom and enlightens you.

Quran 39:9 – Can those who have knowledge and those who do not be alike?

It is clear from these verses and many other verses that acquisition of knowledge is as important for a woman as for a man. The Holy Prophet of Islam (may peace and blessings of God be upon him) advised us multiple times to acquire knowledge: Acquisition of knowledge is binding on all Muslims (both men and women) (Ibn MAJA 1:81) Acquire knowledge even if you have to go to China. ( Al Masnad 1:175) Whoever seeks a way to acquire knowledge God will make easy his way to paradise (Sahi Muslim 2699) Islam gives equal rights to women. Good deeds by either women or men will be rewarded equally depending on the deeds. It’s not that men will get more rewards than women unlike in the world, where women are still struggling to get equal wages.

It is sad that most Islamic governments are not following these golden rules of equality. They don’t let women drive or acquire education or work outside of the house. In some countries a woman cannot even go out alone. They are not following the footsteps of the Prophet,who made special efforts and special arrangements for the education and training of women.

Hadhrat Ayesha, the beloved wife of the Prophet, was a narrator of his sayings (Ahadith), a scholar, and an intellectual person. She narrated more than 2,000 (Ahadith) sayings of the Prophet, and she took an active role in the education of women and even men after the demise of the Prophet. Even during the life of the Prophet she was actively involved in the education of women.

That’s the reason I became a doctor, to get education to the best of my capacity, and to serve humanity. My grandfather was my role model – he was a physician who served day and night in the jungles of Indonesia. His life history is full of stories of walking for miles to see patients and coming back without any reimbursements because, as he noted, the families he went to see were very poor. My goal is to follow in his footsteps and serve humanity as long as I have physical and mental capacity. When I hug a patient in distress, wipe her tears or listen to her difficulties, that is the least I can do to minimize her distress. This gives me a feeling of accomplishment, but cannot compare to the high level of service provided by my grandfather in the 1950s.

My faith and practice of medicine go hand in hand. May God accept my humble efforts to serve humanity, and may my two daughters and my son, who are also doctors, continue this noble task when I am gone.

Dr. Amatul Khalid is a physician, in Chambersburg, PA.

That’s the reason I became a doctor, to get education to the best of my capacity, and to serve humanity. My grandfather was my role model – he was a physician who served day and night in the jungles of Indonesia. His life history is full of stories of walking for miles to see patients and coming back without any reimbursements because, as he noted, the families he went to see were very poor. My goal is to follow in his footsteps and serve humanity as long as I have physical and mental capacity.

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3 replies

  1. @ AMATUL KHALID, M.D.

    Thank you so much for your writing, it is really impressive, I hope many Muslim women read your article. You are a role model of Muslim women.I retweet your article if you do not mind.

    I agree 100 percent what you explain about women, Islamic teaching and what happen in Islamic countries;
    As you wrote==”Conversely, most Islamic governments are not following these golden rules of equality. They don’t let women drive or acquire education or work outside of the house. In some countries a woman cannot even go out alone.”

    As you wrote==Islam gives equal rights to women. Good deeds by either women or men will be rewarded equally depending on the deeds. It’s not that men will get more rewards than women unlike in the world, where women are still struggling to get equal wages.==

    I have a question for you, please give us your explanation how do you interpret these verses ;

    Some Islamic countries still apply such of law below;

    A female receive inheritance half than a male. QS .4:11. A Husband can beat his wife, if she refuse to have sexual with him any time he wants QS 4;34. A female is not allowed to be a leader or imam in Mosque QS.4;34.

    Do you think that we can reform these laws above?
    It seems to me that these ancient Islamic laws do not suit to apply anymore in modren society, since women have the right to get a good education as male–since female and male have the same responsibility for raising their children.

    Your answers will be appreciate it.

    Was salam.
    with my love

  2. Dear Sister Ali Hidayah
    Thank you for your comments and questions.
    I have a very busy week but will follow up with you by the end of this week .
    Please Feel free to contact me by e mail as well

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