The thought of physicians treating sick patients by the light of day while plotting to kill innocent people under the cover of darkness sickens and angers me on a very personal level.

If the United Kingdom terror plot accusations are true, they are the ultimate betrayal of the trust placed in physicians to use their hands for healing, their intellects for diagnosis and their demeanors to bring comfort to the sick. As a Muslim physician, I am following the London and Glasgow terror plot investigation with incredulity, anger and outrage.

Islam teaches me that the gifts I have been given are entrusted to me by God for the purpose of serving humanity. The Quranic verse that equates saving one life with saving the lives of all of humanity teaches me the sacredness of each and every life and inspires me to strive for professional excellence.

Historically, Muslim physicians from the ninth to the 14th centuries were pioneers in the development of many areas of medicine, including anesthesia, surgery, ophthalmology and pharmacology.

Muslim physicians were the first to systematically use inhalational anesthesia, sedating patients some 800 years ago in Islamic Spain by placing sponges soaked in narcotics over the patient’s nose and mouth prior to surgery.


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