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Dr. Zubair Khan receives St. Francis hospital award

dr zubair khanbwPOUGHKEEPSIE,NY–the Franciscan Award, the highest honor Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers bestows, was presented to  Dr. Zubair Khan, at the 32nd annual Franciscan Awards Gala on April 29th.

Dr. Khan has been practicing in the Hudson Valley for almost 15 years. He’s regarded by his peers as among the best clinicians in the region with an innate ability to organize and treat multiple complex interrelated medical conditions.

Dr.  Khan is nationally board certified in internal medicine, pulmonology, critical care and sleep disorders. He was formerly the director of critical care at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie until most recently being elected as Vice-President of the Hospital.

Fatima Bishtawi to be honored for her leadership

MIDDLETOWN, CT– Fatima Bishtawi, a student at Middletown High School, is one of 37 woman in central Connecticut who will be honored on May 15 as the YWCA New Britain hosts its 15th biennial Women in Leadership Luncheon

The event will recognize women who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and outstanding achievements. Author Gretchen Rubin will deliver the keynote address.
Bishtawi’s student counselor, Stephanie Campbell, nominated the MHS student because “not only is she a top member of her class, she continues to give back to her community to help others.”
Bishtawi has been a high honors student for most of her high school career, is an AP Scholar, has won the Governor’s Scholar award, Yale Book award and the Michael’s Cup award. She has also participated in numerous extracurricular activities and service work outside of school to better her community.

Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid to be honored

AMSTERDAM,NY– Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid will be honored by the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) will be holding their Second Annual Citizen of the City Awards. He has been selected along with others for his efforts to to bring diverse communities together through -out New York City. Their main goal is to create a safer, more livable and more inclusive city for all New Yorkers.

Boston Muslims hold blood drive

Boston Muslims

A group of Muslim volunteers held a blood drive at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in Boston, last week. The event was organized by members of Mercy to all Mankind, a group of young Muslims seeking to help the greater community while building relationships between non-Muslims and themselves. A total of 51 volunteers enthusiastically participated in this event.

“In response to the tragic events of the Boston Marathon, Mercy to All Mankind volunteers came together to donate blood and wrote down their thoughts and prayers on note cards to the victims, families, first responders and all of those directly affected by the tragic event,” said a spokesperson.

Mercy to all Mankind is a group of Muslim volunteers with a common goal of helping the larger community. Their goal is to revive the true values and precious brand of Islam through campaigns of peace, unity and prosperity. They aim to build bridges between Muslims and Non-Muslims and to help others understand that Islam is not as it is portrayed through actions of extremists, and to show how merciful it really is. “For decades we have been passively watching as the media and extremists were defining our religion, but now we will take matters in our own hands, and are determined to show the world what the Islam we believe in is all about” said the spokesperson.

Mercy to all Mankind was founded last year with the objective to promote creative campaigns that re-brand the image of Islam to form a peaceful communication to the public, to promote understanding and to break down any misconceptions about the religion of Islam.


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