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对在底特律(Detroit )地区一所医院急诊室工作的海德尔·萨阿迪(Haidar Al-Saadi)医生来说,承受救治2019冠状病毒病(COVID-19)患者的压力,现在已成为他在今年莱麦丹斋月(Ramadan)把斋的行动之一。从日出到日落,他滴水不进,并且当班10小时接治病人,他表示,这使他得以重温穆斯林神圣的斋月所包含的为他人奉献的伊斯兰教义。

海德尔·萨阿迪医生在底特律郊区一家医院治疗2019冠状病毒病患者。(Courtesy of Dr. Haidar Al-Saadi)


现年38岁的海德尔·萨阿迪医生是在刚满月的时候来到美国的。今年3月,在底特律郊区的2019冠状病毒病高峰期,他作为密歇根州法明顿希尔斯(Farmington Hills, Michigan)博蒙特医院(Beaumont Hospital)一个医生小组的医生之一,每天诊治250-300个病人。

在加利福尼亚州(California)的一所医院,对于重症监护室的穆娜·贝格(Muna Beg)医生来说,找到每天五次做祷告的时间很不容易。如果因为治疗病人,包括2019冠状病毒病患者,而错过了一次祷告时间,她会在下次祷告时间中加倍祈祷。

她对《洛杉矶时报》(Los Angeles Times)说,“我母亲一贯给我的教导是,真主不残酷。因此无论你处在什么环境中,都应该是可以调整的”。



3月,以伊斯兰教重要的慈善施予信条命名的扎卡特基金会(Zakat Foundation),为芝加哥(Chicago)的医院提供了数千只医检手套。扎卡特基金会还承诺向全美各地医院发送至少10万只医检手套。

4月9日在佛罗里达州奥兰多(Orlando, Florida),佛罗里达中部伊斯兰协会(Islamic Society of Central Florida)的志愿者在分发食品。(© Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

非营利的美国穆斯林健康专业人士组织(American Muslim Health Professionals)称莱麦丹是“净化精神、服务社会的时刻”,并鼓励人们为在海内外抗击冠状病毒大流行病做捐献。

最近刚刚退休的美敦力(Medtronic)医疗技术公司首席执行官奥马尔·伊什拉克(Omar Ishrak),带领公司加速生产医院治疗2019冠状病毒病患者所需的呼吸机,公司计划6月份达到每周生产1000台以上。美敦力还在协助美国境外的生产,并为医疗专业人员提供使用培训。





American Muslims fight COVID-19 with Ramadan’s spirit of giving

For Dr. Haidar Al-Saadi, who works in a Detroit-area emergency room, the stress of treating COVID-19 patients has become part of his own observance of Ramadan. Thirst from fasting from dawn to dusk, while treating patients on 10-hour shifts, reminds him of the Muslim holy month’s tenet of serving others.

Doctor in protective gear standing with arms crossed in hospital corridor (Courtesy of Dr. Haidar Al-Saadi)

“You remind yourself this is the time to be patient and look past certain things and do the best you can do to help people,” says the 38-year-old physician, who came to the United States from Iraq when he was just 1 month old. “Being a Muslim, itself, teaches you that.”

He was part of a small team of doctors at Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan, who treated 250–300 patients a day when COVID-19 peaked in suburban Detroit in late March.

For Dr. Muna Beg, who works in the intensive care unit of a California hospital, finding time to pray five times a day is a challenge. If she misses a prayer while treating patients, including those with COVID-19, she prays twice the next time.

“The way my mom always taught me about Islam is God is not cruel,” Beg told the Los Angeles Times. “So whatever situation you’re in, you should be able to be adaptable.”

That means using a chair to avoid getting her protective equipment dirty during prayers.

Muslims traditionally make a special effort to increase their charitable activities throughout Ramadan. COVID-19 hasn’t changed that.

In March, the Zakat Foundation, named for the Islamic pillar of giving, delivered thousands of examination gloves to hospitals in Chicago. Zakat has pledged to distribute at least 100,000 examination gloves to hospitals across the United States.

People wearing masks carrying boxes to cars (© Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

The nonprofit American Muslim Health Professionals calls Ramadan, which began in the United States on April 23, “a time of spiritual purification, social service” and has encouraged donations to fight the pandemic at home and abroad.

Omar Ishrak, who recently retired from being the chief executive officer of Medtronic, led the medical technology firm’s effort to speed production of ventilators for treating COVID-19 patients. By June, Medtronic plans to produce more than 1,000 ventilators a week. Medtronic is also facilitating production of ventilators outside the United States and training medical professionals on their use.

“Let’s redouble in our efforts to help others in this month of fasting, self discipline and prayer,” Ishrak tweeted April 24, wishing a happy holiday. “Ramadan Mubarak to all.”

For Dr. Al-Saadi, observing Ramadan during the COVID-19 pandemic means forgoing hugs and kisses when he returns home to his children or delivers groceries to his parents. Yet he continues practicing his Muslim faith by caring for patients in the emergency room.

“Ramadan is that reminder every year” to appreciate what you have, he says of the stress of treating patients while fasting. “[It’s] your chance to restart fresh … to recharge your faith.”

Read more: https://share.america.gov/american-muslims-fight-covid-19-with-ramadans-spirit-of-giving/