• Annual Strategic Planning for the year 2018. Held at Hoyoland Eco Park at Silang, Cavite last November 2017
  • IMAN Doctors and Medical Students during the 10th General Assembly held at UP College of Medicine, Ermita, Manila last November 2017
  • IMAN and PMA-LDS during the distribution of relief goods to the victims of Typhoon VInta (January 2018)
  • g
  • IMAN 9th Founding Anniversary and First Islamic Symposium Seminar
  • The Muslim Doctors and Medical Students who attended the 7th IMAN Founding Anniversary last Nov. 15, 2014
  • BMS Medical & Surgical Mission in Pikit
  • Medical Mission with Muslim Sisters Bridging Society, Inc.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Female Muslim doctors find freedom and compassion

By Yahoo! Southeast Asia Editors – September 13th, 2010

By Alexander Villafania, loQal.ph

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA –Wearing their traditional hijab, Naheeda Dimacisil and Khasmin Ismael attended the weekend celebration of the end of Ramadan at International Ramadan Fair in Quezon City last Saturday.

They were joined by at least 100 other Muslims who took time from a long fast to renew ties with their friends and families from the Muslim faith.

Despite their status in life – Dimacisil is married to an Indonesian imam (priest) while Ismael is single – both are practicing doctors and are in fact, among the few female Filipino Muslim doctors that are in the medical field.

They are also members of the Islamic Medical Association of the Philippines (IMAN), a relatively young group of Muslim medical practitioners.

Dimacisil, who grew up in Batangas, said there are many challenges to being a Muslim, even in a country where there are Islamic communities. The constant issue is the stereotype of being a Muslim, as well as the fear that goes with it.

“We’re a peace-loving society and we want just as much as any person does, not for greed but for happiness and peace among each other,” Dimacisil said.

While that is a constant challenge, she said there are also difficulties of being a female Muslim. She is lucky to have been born to parents (her father is a Muslim from Maguindanao while her mother from Batangas converted) who are open to allowing her to choose where she wants to go.

“My husband is conservative but he is also open about me working as a doctor. I also want my children to exercise their freedom while sustaining their Islamic identities,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ismael said that she is also able to exercise her freedom to become a doctor. Having grown up in a conservative Muslim family in Marawi, Ismael sought to be independent and moved to Manila to work as a doctor, having stayed in the city for nearly 10 years.

She only goes home to her family in Marawi for vacations.

Still, she is proud that she also came from a pedigree of medical practitioners, which made them understand why Ismael chose to live in Manila. She said her uncle has put up a medical institution in their province.

While she maintains her own conservative approach to Islamic practices, Ismael said her independence made her realize what she wants in life and also hopes that other Muslim women find their goals in life.

As for their work at IMAN, both Dimacisil and Ismael said they are seeing a growth in the number of Muslims who are taking up courses in the medical field. In fact, many Muslim doctors choose specializations and are able to find good jobs in hospitals in the country and sometimes abroad.

“One of the plans of the IMAN is to build a network of specialist doctors so that when we need very specific medical knowledge, we’ll have list of experts to call,” Ismael said.

Ismael added that while some Muslim doctors get jobs abroad, they also come back to help their local counterparts. However, she stressed that these doctors are also in demand in certain countries, particularly in the Middle East and Malaysia where there are better facilities.

“Of course, they also come back because they want to help their countrymen,” Ismael said.

According to Dimacisil, having this network would also help them in conducting their medical missions, especially among rural folks.

Despite being Muslims, they do not choose the communities based on religious backgrounds, but rather on their real needs. In fact, they have conducted medical missions in several Metro Manila areas immediately after the disastrous Typhoon “Ondoy” last year.

“Our mission is to help anyone in need. We hope that what we do will show that we are for peace,” Dimacisil said.


loQal.ph is a website owned and operated by Filquest Media Concepts, Inc. It works under the principle of giving voice to the voiceless, empowering Filipinos and uplifting the image of the Philippines by highlighting its unique culture. To do this, the loQal.ph team produces stories, video, photos and other multimedia content types to inspire and celebrate Filipino achievements, ideas, products and places.

Category : Philippines

Alex Villafania interviews Dr. Khasmin Ismael and Dr. Naheeda Dimacisil during the 5th International Ramadhan Fair organized by the YMPN at CHED Auditorium

BMS conducts Medical & Surgical Mission in Pikit

Sherjan P. Kalim, MD

Last September 18-19, 2010, in partnership with the Bangsamoro Medical Society (BMS), a Medical Outreach project organized and sponsored by the Southeast Asia Development Committee Foundation, Inc. (SADCFI)- Kuwait was conducted in Mahad Kutawatu Shimaley al-Islamiya located in Barangay Manaulanan, Pikit, North Cotabato.

The mission encompassed medical and pediatric consultations, minor surgeries, and cataract extraction. In the medical consultations, we were joined by 2 guest Kuwaiti physicians: Drs. Barjas MMS Almutairi and Almunther WMAA Alhasawi. The medical team of SADCFI was headed by Dr. Ybanez, a Chief of Hospital and practicing anesthesiologist based in Pagadian City. The cataract extraction was through the generosity of Dr. Kadil M. Sinolinding, the DOH-ARMM Secretary. Bangsamoro Medical Society members present were Drs. Ibrahim Pangato, Jr, President; Zul Qarneyn Abas, Vice President; Sweet Almira Ali-Amil, Secretary; Sherjan Kalim, Treasurer; and Mohammad Ali Amil, Auditor. There were also volunteers from Cotabato City Health Office, DOH-ARMM, and SADCFI among others.
The mission had served 392 individuals for the medical and pediatric consultations, 88 children underwent circumcision, and 58 cataract extraction procedures were done. Along with the mission, there were 250 mosquito nets that were distributed. During the 2-day event, a series of Islamic lectures were delivered for the waiting patients and the general public.

Patients waiting for their turn in the medical consultation.

A guest Kuwaiti internist doing medical consultation, aided by his interpreter.

Queue of beneficiaries of mosquito nets

Islamic symposium

The volunteers.

2017-2019 BOARD Members

Dr. Abdel Jeffri Abdulla
Dr. Al-Nasser Maca-alin
Dr. Naheeda Mustofa
Dr. ALmira Zoraida Macao-Fernandez
Dr. Al-Radjid Jamiri
Dr. Ahmad Musahari
Dr. Rocaya Vanessa Mangondato
Dr. Jehada-Inn Alihuddin
Dr. Andro Jesus Fernandez
Dr. Aisha Ronsing-Guro
Dr. Ro-Janna Jamiri