Legacy of Dr. Shahid Athar

Dear brothers and sisters, Assalamu Alaikum.

Words fail to express our sorrow for the loss of Dr. Shahid Athar last night. I met Dr. Shahid Athar shortly after I moved to Indiana in 1998. My relationship with Dr. Athar had quickly moved forward after we discovered many common interests. In addition to practicing the same medical specialty (endocrinology), we found ourselves talking about the same concerns that surround our community and our Ummah. Finding Dr. Athar as a role model with the characteristics and qualities I wish to cultivate within myself made me build a stronger relationship with him. Dr. Athar had published many medical articles, and over sixty articles on Islam. He was a co-chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee of the Islamic Medical Association of North America and has authored Reflections of an American Muslim and Health Concerns for Muslims, Motivating Believers to Action: An Interfaith Perspective, Interfaith: Why and How? and Islamic Medical Ethics. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States on Islam at churches, mosques, colleges and universities. He was a tireless spokesman for Islam, human emancipation and interfaith understanding. When he was asked why a busy physician should write about Islam, his answer was:” while living in a non-Muslim society for over two decades, Islam became a necessity, a way of life to live by and show to my children. I had to learn Islam myself to teach my children as there were not Islamic teachers around. Dr. Athar was frequently called by schools, organizations, both Muslim and interfaith groups, radio and TV stations, to present and defend Islam. Being a physician, he was qualified not only to diagnose the diseases of the body, but of the soul, as well. He could easily recognize the ailments of the American society and the Muslim community with which he lived. Many non-Muslims were able to find these articles interesting and informative. His articles had been written in an easy to read American English.

I am urging our whole community to learn from his legacy and continue to make Duaa for him. Since I know that he was generous in supporting the poor people in America and abroad, I am asking Allah Sunhanahu wa Taala that He will continue to multiply the rewards for his good deeds after his departure of this world. I am really supplicating to Allah Subhanahu wa Taala to grant him the highest level in Jannah and gather us with the prophets,martyrs and saleheen. Here is a list of his publication legacy. I am urging all of you to have these books at your home and share them with your families:

https://www.amazon.com/Reflections-American-Muslim-Shahid-Athar/dp/0934905266

https://www.amazon.com/Islamic-Perspectives-Medicine-Achievements-Contemporary/dp/0892591412?keywords=shahid+athar&qid=1533478107&sr=8-3&ref=mp_s_a_1_3
Islamic Perspectives in Medicine: A Survey of Islamic …
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Islamic Perspectives in Medicine: A Survey of Islamic Medicine: Achievements & Contemporary Issues [Shahid Athar] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Wounds-Sept-2001-Reflections/dp/1410784827?keywords=shahid+athar&qid=1533478107&sr=8-5&ref=mp_s_a_1_5
Amazon.com: Healing The Wounds of Sept. 11, 2001 …
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Amazon.com: Healing The Wounds of Sept. 11, 2001: (Reflections of an American Muslim) (9781410784827): Shahid Athar: Books
https://www.amazon.com/Health-Concerns-Believers-Contemporary-Issues/dp/0934905290?keywords=shahid+athar&qid=1533478107&sr=8-6&ref=mp_s_a_1_6
Health Concerns for Believers: Contemporary Issues …
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Health Concerns for Believers: Contemporary Issues [Shahid Athar] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A must for Muslims in America, the author discusses various topics of health concern of a Muslim.

https://www.amazon.com/frequently-asked-questions-about-Islam/dp/B0006P5EGY?keywords=shahid+athar&qid=1533478107&sr=8-8&ref=mp_s_a_1_8

25 most frequently asked questions about Islam: Shahid …
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25 most frequently asked questions about Islam [Shahid Athar] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
http://www.islamicbookstore.com/b7589.html

Sex Education: An Islamic Perspective (Shahid Athar, M.D.)
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Sex Education: An Islamic Perspective (Shahid Athar, M.D.) – ISBN 0934905304 Author: Shahid Athar Publisher: Kazi Publications (1995) Pages: 86 Binding: Paperback Description from the publisher — Sex is an integral part of human life.

http://fimaweb.net/main/medicalethics/imanaethicspaper.pdf
IMANA Ethics Committee – fimaweb.net
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JIMA: Volume 37, 2005 – Page 34 2. ISLAMIC MEDICAL ETHICS ===== Islam considers access to health care as a fun-damental right of the individual.
http://earthcharter.org/invent/images/uploads/Global%20Warming%20and%20Health.pdf
Global Warming and Health – Earth Charter Initiative
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Global Warming and Health – An Islamic Concern Shahid Athar, MD, FACP, FACE “Lo! in the creation of the heavens and the earth , and the difference of the night and the

Local doctor receives Golden Hoosier Award for volunteer …
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By Mark Ambrogi Dr. Shahid Athar is modest about his volunteer contributions. Athar, who received the Golden Hoosier Award from Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann on May 18, said there are many who do more than he does.

https://submission.org/Fasting_Diabetes.html

Ramadan – Health Benefits & Diabetes, by Shahid Athar, M.D …
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In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful Ramadan – Health Benefits & Diabetes, by Shahid Athar, M.D. Most Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran.

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عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله ﷺ قال: إذا مات ابن آدم انقطع عمله إلا من ثلاث: صدقة جارية، أو علم ينتفع به، أو ولد صالح يدعو له، رواه مسلم

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased).”

[Muslim].

The janazah prayer will be held at Masjid Alhuda at 12201 Lantern Road, Fishers, IN 46038, after Zuhr prayer (2:10 PM) tomorrow, Monday, August 6, 2018. Burial will follow the janazah prayer at Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery, located at 9700 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250.

Sister Nisreen and family will be available for azaa (to accept condolences) at Masjid Alhuda before and after the Janaza prayer (1:00 PM to 3:00 PM)

Ahmed Al-Jebawi

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