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CAIR-TX Offers Workshop on Islam and Health Care


(SAN ANTONIO, TX, 11/22/06) – The San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SA) recently offered a training workshop about Islam to some 20 chaplains and interns at the Methodist Hospital in that city. The training included an overview of basic Islamic beliefs and practices as they relate to health care, demographics of the San Antonio Muslim community, as well as the Islamic viewpoint on illness and treatment.

The training was designed to assist the chaplains in understanding how to accommodate religiously-mandated practices of Muslim patients during their stay in the hospital.

“This kind of religious and cultural awareness not only assists in providing better care of patients, it also makes Methodist Hospital a more attractive option for Muslim patients who have a choice of health care providers,” said CAIR-SA President Sarwat Husain.

Methodist Hospital Director of Clinical Pastoral Education Debra Whisnand said: “It is an important provision of accurate information and knowledge. We saw personal faith and issues. There was a good balance between belief, values and demographic information.”

CAIR-SA will be provide free copies of Quran and prayer rugs for the patients and their families while they are hospitalized.

CONTACT: Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, E-Mail:


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