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    Posted: 23 January 2019 at 2:09am

TOLEDO, Ohio – In a bid to help vulnerable and uninsured Americans, a group of Muslim doctors in Toledo, Ohio has opened a new clinic to provide free medical service for people of all faiths, Toledo Blade reported.

“We had a meeting and said basically, ‘We need to look for opportunities to give back to our community, our neighbors,’ and this idea of starting a free clinic was hatched,” said Dr. Sulaiman Abawi, an emergency medicine physician at Fulton County Health Center.

“All of us feel a sense of wanting to give back and wanting to think about more than ourselves and our families,” he added.

With no physical location, the doctors first volunteered at area’s homeless shelters, then held semi-regular clinics at Toledo Masjid Al-Islam, a mosque in North Toledo.

Later on, Muslim endocrinologist, Dr. Mahmood Moosa offered space at his office where they opened Halim Clinic.

Lucas County Community Health Assessment data show 6 percent of county residents are uninsured — about 25,000 people.

“We know how important health is to us,” Sabeen Sidiki, a second-year medical student, said.

“If you have a cold or high blood pressure or diabetes, you need to take care of yourself to go to work and take care of your family … If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.”

The clinic’s name is inspired by the concept of forbearance, and among its stated missions is “to deliver effective, quality care to patients by drawing on the character and generosity of the Prophet Muhammad as a role model.”

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