Salaam Clinic opened a free clinic on October 17th, at Masjid Bilal of Cleveland, 7401 Euclid Avenue. The Muslim run clinic is the only free clinic in Cleveland, offering care on Sundays from 1 to 5 pm.
Salaam Clinic opened its first health facility in March at the Islamic Center in Parma, Ohio. Both clinics provide free care for everyone, not just Muslims.
Ms. Mecca East, Executive Director of Salaam Clinic, gave thanks to Imam Shafeeq Sabir, and the Masjid’s membership for their cooperation. She said, “efforts like this take a community collaboration, we need all hands on deck. Our community is faced with some major health issues: infant mortality, high cholesterol, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.” She stressed how the clinic is a safety net for the community.
Dr. Shoaib Shah, CEO of Salaam Clinic said, “everything we do will be under a microscope, and we will certainly be seeking ways on how we can do it better.” He added, “this is just phase one; in phase two, we want to communicate with the neighboring hospitals and want to start having health educational programs.”
A ribbon-cutting took place to celebrate the inauguration of the Clinic. On hand were the clinic directors, and Councilman Basheer Jones. Basheer Jones was elected to become the first Muslim councilman. He represents the area that includes Masjid Bilal.
Councilman Jones related the grand opening of the Clinic to Sadaqatul Jariyah as an ongoing charity (continuous rewards) received by us (for good actions and deeds). This charity benefits us in this life and will benefit us after our death. Abu Huraira (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) reported: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) as saying: When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three, recurring charity or knowledge (by which people) benefit, or a pious son, who prays for him (for the deceased). [Sahih Muslim, Hadith 4005] Councilman Jones stated, “The world will not get better until you take care of other people. That’s what Salaam Clinic did, ‘they stopped talking and started the action.’ What is a better place to have a free clinic, a place they tell us to stay away from (a masjid), this is truly a blessing.”
Muslim health professionals are stepping up. This is not the first time Muslim doctors provided free medical help for Americans.
* Muslims in Toledo are operating another Ohio free clinic.
* In 2018, Muslims in Philadelphia opened a free clinic.
* In South Carolina, there is the Shifa Clinic.
* In 2012, a group of Muslim doctors opened the Rahma Health Clinic in Syracuse, New York.
* In 2011, a free clinic was established by the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America at the Bilal Mosque on St. Louis University’s campus.
* A clinic was opened by the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, MO.
* There is an Islamic free clinic in San Bernardino, CA.
* Islamic free clinics are in Florida and Alabama.
Now you can add Masjid Bilal to this list. All praise is due to Allah (SWT).