COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES OF DR. SHAHID ATHAR SINCE THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TRAGEDY

By Dr. Shahid Athar



1. Issued a message of condolence on behalf of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA).

2. Issued a statement condemning terrorism.

3. Issued a directive to Muslim Physicians of New York and D.C urging them to participate in relief work, blood donation drive and fundraising.

4. Approved a donation of $5,000.00 from IMANA for the 9-11 disaster relief fund and $ 35,000.00 for the costs of transporting medical and humanitarian supplies worth 2 million US dollars to Afghan refugee camps.

5. Responded to 5 hate E-mails and 50 good E-mails and letters of support received.

6. Gave an interview with Indianapolis Star reporter, John Strauss, which was published in the Indianapolis Star on Sept. 12, 2001. (www.indystar.com)

7. Participated in the Inter-faith prayer services after Friday prayer at ISNA HQ Mosque on Sept. 14, 2001, which were reported nationally.

8. Gave an interview with Judith Cebula, the religion writer of the Indianapolis Star, on racial profiling and on words of wisdom from clergy - both reported on Sept. 15, 2001. (www.indystar.com)

9. At the invitation of Mr. K.P. Singh, participated and spoke at the prayer services of the Sikh community on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001.

10. Appeared on an hour long live TV program collage channel 38 on the Mayor's race relation council along with Glenda Jones and Pakistani Association president, Mr. Mansoor, on September 20, 2001.

11. Gave live radio interview to WKRC Cincinnati regarding the September 11th tragedy and the response of American Muslims on September 24, 2001.

12. Participated in a panel discussion organized by Department of International Relations of Indiana University-Purdue University with moderator Professor, David Jones and other panelists, Rabbi Sandy Sasso and Reverend Kent Millard on September 25, 2001 at IUPUI main campus.

13. Participated in live radio talk show on September 25, 2001 - WTLC am 1310 with Reverend Angelique Walker Smith and Rabbi Dennis Sasso.

14. Gave Friday sermon on September 28, 2001 at ISNA Mosque on the theme "Fighting Terrorism and Persecution of Muslims".

15. Participated in a program organized by the Muslim Student Association of IUPUI on September 28, 2001.

16. Wrote a letter to the editor for Indianapolis Star which was published on Sept. 18, 2001 titled "Muslim Response to Terrorism".

17. Gave interview with reporter Martha Mendusa of the Associated Press on Sept 28, 2001.

18. Gave Friday sermon at Al-Fajr mosque Indianapolis Oct. 5, 2001 on "Sanctity of Life".

19. Presentation at Sunrise United Methodist Church in Geist, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001 called "Islam and Peace".

20. Participated in the prayer service at St Luke's United Methodist Church (86th Street) Oct. 9, 2001.

21. A major presentation at Speedway Christian Church, Oct. 10, 2001. 22. Addressed religious leaders in Indianapolis at the Church Federation on Oct. 11, 2002 on the topic of "The Role of Clergy in Fighting Violence and Stereotyping".

23. Attended 14 hour long meeting of the consultative council meeting of leadership of The Islamic Society of North America at ISNA HQ in Plainfield representing the Islamic medical Association of North America as its president. Nearly half of the day was spent discussing how American Muslims deal with terrorism nationally and world wide.

24. Addressed 3 Sunday masses at St Luke's United Methodist Church (86th Street) on Oct. 14, 2001 at the invitation of Pastor Rev. Dr. Kent Mallard. Over 1200 worshipers were in attendance.

25. To 9th and 10th grade students of the International School of Indiana Fri Oct 18th.

26. Sunday October 21st at 11:30am at First Congregation Church (7171 N. Pennsylvania).

27. Monday October 22nd at 7pm - Sister City Association (Fishers, Indiana at the Fishers Town Hall).

28. Mon Oct. 30th Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (57th and Central).

29. Nov. 4th Fairview Christian Church (4609 N Capital) 10:45 am.

30. St. Vincent Hospital - Indianapolis 11:30 am "Cultural Awareness Seminar".

31. Nov. 15th St. Monica Catholic Church (Michigan Rd.) 7 pm.

32. Gave interview to NPR on medical ethics and religious perspective (www.npr.org)

33. Major presentation at Franklin College "Understanding Islam and Muslims" on March 19, 2002.

34. St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis, "Cultural Diversity in Patient Care" lecture / panel discussion with house staff on March 21, 2002.

35. Attended the U.S. Dept. of Justice (along with INS, FBI and EEOC) on April 18, 2002 Symposium on "Civil Rights in Light of Sept 11th Tragedy" at IUPUI of Indianapolis.

36. Attended Indiana University School of Medicine Faculty and student fund raising dinner for medical text books for Afghanistan Medical Schools. About 500 medical books were collected

37. Published article in Indianapolis Star's April19th, 2002 edition, titled "Memo to Future Taliban", for which I received 20 E-mails of appreciation.

38. Spoke at St. John Church in downtown Indianapolis on May 14th 2002, on the topic; "Can Muslims, Jews and Christians live in peace?"

39. Sat on the panel "Reflection of Islam Series" at Glendale Library on May 19th with Rabbi Spiegel and Rev Mallard on the subject of "Commonalities between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity".

40. Spoke on May 18th in Indianapolis to Legatus, an organization of Catholic CEO's.

41. Participated in "prayer for peace" services at St. George Church on May 8th and at Pakistan- American Friendship Association on May 11th.

42. Gave Friday sermon at ISNA Mosque May 17th on "The new directions for American Muslims after Sept. 11th events".

42. Presented 3 papers on Memorial Day weekend at the 9th annual conference of the International Association of Sufism in Seattle, Washington May 25th -26th on:
1. The Inner Jihad
2. Islam and World Peace
3. The Role of Religion in Civil Society

43. Testified at the United States Civil Rights Commission Hearing in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 30, 2001 - "Events of Sept. 11th and Civil Rights of American Muslims".

Dr . Athar is affiliated with following organizations,
Professional : American College of Physicians ( fellow ), American College of Endocrinology (fellow ), Indiana state medical association , Indianapolis medical society , Islamic medical Association ( life member and president 2001-2002 ), Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America, and Physicians for Human Rights

Non medical : Amnesty International, Interfaith Alliance , Islamic Society of North America, Christians and Muslims for Peace , International Association for Sufism and Pakistan-American Friendship Association


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Shahid Athar, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Indianapolis, IN 46260

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