Category Archives: Islamic

Mass gatherings medicine – international cooperation and progress

Mass gathering around Khana Kaaba (Credit: Al Jazeera English/Flickr)

Mass gathering around Khana Kaaba (Credit: Al Jazeera English/Flickr)

The Lancet is today [Wednesday 21 May] publishing a Series of reports about different mass gatherings: the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; the 2012 European Football Championship finals (Euro 2012), hosted jointly by Poland and Ukraine; and Hajj 2012 and Hajj 2013. These reports, led by Professor Ziad Memish, Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health in Saudi Arabia, and Professor Alimuddin Zumla, at University College London Medical School, UK, set out the planning and surveillance systems used to monitor public health risks, and describe the public health experiences and lessons learnt for the planning of future events. Continue reading

Google showing some Islamic search trends

I have found that people from around the world want to know about Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and this thirst of knowing him is increasing more rapidly than their search for other personalities such as “Jesus Christ”, “Napoleon Bonaparte”, “Abraham Lincoln” and “William Shakespeare”. Recently, in a report, it has been published that these are the five most important people in history.

People want to know about Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho Allaihi Wasallum)


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Have you gotten more difficulties than this man?

Joseph Merrick skeleton (Source: Royal London Hospital Archives/Wikipedia)Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890)

  • He got severe deformities and called as “Elephant Man” out of human curiosity.
  • He born normal with no signs of disorder in the first years of life but then at the age of five his skin appeared thick and lumpy, he developed an enlargement of lips, and a bony lump grew on his forehead. He was unable to talk due to facial deformities in the later stages.
  • One of his arms and both feet became enlarged and at some point during his childhood he fell and damaged his hip, resulting in permanent lameness.
  • When he was 11, his mother died and his father soon remarried.
  • He left school at 13, and had difficulty finding employment.
  • Rejected by his father and stepmother, he left home. He was almost homeless. In late 1879, aged 17, Merrick entered the Leicester Union Workhouse.
  • He was unable to sleep like other people. He always slept sitting up, with his legs drawn up and his head resting on his knees. His enlarged head was too heavy to allow him to sleep lying down and, as Merrick put it, he would risk “waking with a broken neck”. Continue reading