Reflections of an American Muslim
|Written by Dr. Shahid Athar|
One may wonder why a busy physician should write about Islam. For me, 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. I was frequently called by schools, organizations, both Muslim and interfaith groups, radio and TV stations, to present and defend Islam. Being a physician, I was qualified not only to diagnosis the diseases of the body, but of the soul, as well. I could easily recognize the ailments of the American society and the Muslim community with which I lived. Thus, at the request of my friends, I decided to compile my speeches in a book form, many of which have been published elsewhere. For practical purposes, I have used Yusuf Ali's translation of the Quran. The book has been arranged into five sections dealing with social, educational, political, missionary and practice concerns for Muslims. However, it is not intended for Muslims alone. Many non-Muslims will find these articles interesting and informative. It has been written in an easy to read American English.
I pray for the soul of my mentor, Dr. Mahmoud Abu Saud, who reviewed and wrote the foreword. I thank my secretaries, Juliet, Barbara, Beth and Martha for typing these articles during busy patient days and I thank my publishers, KAZI Publications of Chicago for publishing this book.