Muslim doctors give free health care to those without insurance

PUBLISHED: 02/16/17 12:26 AM EST.

Every Wednesday evening, the first floor lobby of the Rardin Family Practice Center is turned into a registration area for patients in need of free healthcare.

“The motivation is to serve people from different cultural and religious backgrounds and from different ethnicities,” said Dr. Malika Haque, founder of the Noor Community Clinic.

The clinic accepts patients with all types of medical needs through a screening process.

“Diabetes, hypertension, headache, back ache, neck ache…GI problems like [they] cannot swallow well or have stomach pains,” said Dr. Haque.

The healthcare is free, courtesy of about 20 physicians from various institutions volunteering their time each week on rotation.

“We provide quality care. These physicians are working are all board certified physicians. They are on faculty at Ohio State and other institutions like Mount Carmel [and] Riverside,” said Dr. Haque.

Dr. Haque helped to start the clinic in January of 2010 through a partnership with the Wexner Medical Center. She says it took about two years to get the clinic on its feet. The clinic now sees about 14 patients a week.

“Healthcare is very expensive and those people who are working also cannot afford because they are not making enough income,” said Dr. Haque. “So, we decided to get all the Muslim doctors, healthcare professionals, nurses to open this.”

Dr. Haque hoped a clinic offered by all Muslim physicians would help brighten the reputation of Islam in Central Ohio.

“They are very highly educated people. They are doctors are physicists and physicians and engineers and computer scientists who are very valued here, who contribute to the economy of this country,” said Dr. Haque. “Our religion really demands that we give charity, do good work just for the sake of doing good work.”

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The Noor Community Clinic at 2231 North High Street in Columbus receives patients every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. If interested, you can call (614) 516-3075 and leave a message on Monday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Leave your name & contact telephone number and a clinic coordinator will return your call.


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