Faith, Hope and Charity at Free Clinic

October 4, 2006

Author: Sarah Arnquist

Source: The Tribune

Two San Luis Obispo doctors hope the 10th anniversary celebration of a free clinic they helped found while in medical school will shed light on the positive things Muslim-Americans do for their country.

Since their medical school days, Rushdi and Nishi Abdul Cader have put their faith into action, serving in war zones, helping at-risk youth and teaching their community about Islam.

They say they hope their work helps more Americans realize that the vast majority of Muslims subscribe to a faith that compels them to help others — not instigate violence.

"People are failing to see the value of the Muslim community in America," Rushdi Abdul Cader said. The Abdul Caders traveled to Washington, D.C., on July 26 to hear U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, recognize the 10th anniversary of the University Muslim Medical Association Clinic, which they helped found.

"UMMA represents the best of the Muslim-American community," Waters said. "UMMA embodies high ethics and moral standards, and it was founded as a result of the obligation Muslim-Americans feel to ensure the well-being of everyone in society."