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Assalamu Alaikum,
 
I was incredibly saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali. It was not only a loss for Muslims but a loss for all of humanity. Muhammad Ali had a profound impact globally, on Muslims, on African-Americans, and me specifically. He touched my life in so many ways. Since Muslims are called upon to stand up against any form of inequality or injustice, Muhammad Ali showed I don’t have to choose between being a Muslim or social activist and could be both. One particular image which reinforces what Muhammad Ali stood for me is a picture I had as a child of him after he declined to fight in the Vietnam War. To me, the picture represents the ability to stand up for what one believes in even if that belief isn’t popular. Additionally, the image represents Muhammad as a model of grace under fire despite the threat of the oppressor having put incredible pressure on him.
 
During these last days of Ramadan as we reflect on our purpose, let’s remember Ali’s example of how to show love, practice peace, and be of service to humanity. I hope you will join me in serving our community by supporting AMHP's important initiatives. One particular initiative that I had the opportunity to be a part of this past year was the "Connecting Muslims to Coverage" campaign. It was a great experience to join five other state liaisons as we coordinated outreach and enrollment events in various cities across the country. It was wonderful to work as a team with the common goal of assisting the Muslim community in better understanding their health care options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It was especially rewarding to partner with organizations across the country during National Muslim Enrollment Weekend (NMEW) - a weekend dedicated to raising awareness and coordinating outreach and enrollment events. Over 60 organizations participated in NMEW and collectively, our outreach was over 350,000 individuals nationally.
 
To sustain these and other initiatives around mental health and disability awareness (EnabledMuslim), please make a contribution as little as $100, $250, $1,000 or any amount you choose at the link here or mail a check payable to AMHP to 2118 Plum Grove Rd. #201, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. Your sadaqa-eligible, tax-deductible donation is deeply appreciated and will help ensure AMHP's future as a longstanding institution. 
 




As we come near the end of Ramadan, I wish you and your families Eid Mubarak on behalf of board and staff at AMHP.

Sincerely,
Albert

Albert Pless
President
American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP)
president@amhp.us
Watch this short video! Congressman Keith Ellison extends his gratitude to American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) for their consistent contribution to the community and in meeting the healthcare needs of all Americans nationwide. Ellison also encourages AMHP to continue their work, responding not to crises, but to the people and their needs. 
 

Thank you to all those who joined us the past few weeks at one of our Ramadan Iftars across the country. Thank you to our volunteers, staff and board members who made this possible and of course, a special thank you to our donors for their continued support of the work we do. 
 
AMHP Community Blog

Eid: Avoiding the Sugar and Carb Madness
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After 29 days of fasting from sunrise to sunset, it’s time to celebrate. Culture and traditions blend to create the most wonderfully appetizing plates that appeal to our senses. However, in the midst of it all, the underlying theme that is repetitive year after year is that our hard-earned Ramadan self-control eludes us, and we regain our unhealthy habits.​

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