The IMA Western Cape held its Annual Graduation & Fundraising Dinner on Thursday, 6th December 2018 at Islamia College Hall in Lansdowne.
Alhamdulillah, we had a beautiful and successful event with over 420 attendees of which 60 were being honoured as Graduates 2018. IMA welcomed to the healthcare fraternity newly qualified, Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Complimentary Medicine Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Practitioners, Complimentary Medicine Unani Tibb Practitioners, Complimentary Medicine Naturopathy. Our Post Graduates included: MBA, Physiotherapy Masters, Physiotherapy Phd, Occupational Therapy Diploma, Urogynaecology, Psychiatry, Vascular Surgery.
The evening was started off with a beautiful Qiraat by Qari & Stellenbosch Graduate, Dr Muhammed Sheik.
Our Guest Speaker, Prof Nuraan Davids, captivated the audience with her inspiring words of Adab as Human Excellence. She explained that excellent human being is one who, firstly, distinguishes between that which is good and that which is bad; secondly, such person acts on the good, and avoids the bad; and thirdly, does so in relation to the self, as well as to all others. Qurānic exegeses reveal that what differentiates an excellent human being from others is not his/her wealth, or his/her lineage, but rather his/her adab – that is, her capacity to enact just or right action, as made visible through acts of compassion, patience, forgiveness, empathy and generosity. Adab (just action) is considered the foundation and content of all human interaction, engagement with others, the environment and Allah SWT.
Our programme included a short presentation by a recipient of the Renal Dialysis Programme. Margerette Le Roux, 41, shared her story of how she was wheeled in to the IMA office for help after state doctors told her she may not make it to the end of that month. After being accepted onto the programme and receiving emergency care as arranged for by the IMA office, she has regained her strength and is now even able to walk to the train station and even resumed her duties at work again, Alhamdulillah. She urged our audience to support the IMA’s initiatives as she felt that IMA was a Godsend to her and needy patients like her, she felt that IMA had saved her life! SubhanAllah, her story left many in tears.
Short talks were entertained by graduates, Dr Aakifah Parker (Medic, Stellenbosch University) and Miss Gadija Fortune (Physiotherapy, University of Western Cape). The Oath Reading was led by Dr Tahir Dawood (Medic, U.C.T)
Graduates were offered a one-year free membership for 2019. Follow up on this was required.
We acknowledge our main sponsor Nedbank Pty Ltd, as well as our exhibitors, Melomed and PPS Insurance for their support of this auspicious event. Their contributions certainly facilitated the success of this event, Alhamdulillah.
Graduates, families, IMA members and corporates in attendance were also thanked. The organising committee were praised for a job well done, Alhamdulillah.
We make duah that we may count on everyone’s continued support in furthering the objectives of our organization, inshaa’Allah.