Muslims in medicine: making things better
Anisa Nasir gives her opinion about the self segregation of Muslims at medical school and onwards
- By: Anisa J Nasir
I consider myself to be Muslim and I follow Islam (meaning “submission to God”) because I find it a fulfilling and rewarding way of life. Its principles of justice and equality; its guidance on health, hygiene, and behaviour; and its many guidelines on how to live a happy, peaceful, and constructive life are among the many attractions. In this article I refer to the problems with “Muslims” and not to problems with Islam.
How many medical students would know what I mean when I refer to the “hijab squad” and the “beard brigade”? Unfortunately, I imagine that most students would be familiar with what I am referring to. In Islam, hijab is observed to facilitate the interaction between men and women so that a neutral, non-sexual working or friendly relationship can be established. It is often used to refer more specifically to the headscarf many Muslim women wear, but its