* Dr. Abdulla AlSayyari made it a labour of love to write to Aden College website; this time on Proposed Discussion.
He said that Aden College was the Eton College of South Arabia and beyond at its time. It had products of considerable standing, effectiveness and grace in many fields - Politics, Medicine, Law, Literature, the Arts despite its painfully short existence.
Realizing this, a group of its alumni (Isam Ghanem, Ashraf Girgrah, Shihab Ghanem and I) established a website celebrating its legacy. Sadly and due to political upheavals, many of Aden College graduates were not able to serve Aden to their fullest ability and desire.
I calculate with some degree of precision that the youngest alumni of the College are now aged 74 years old.
Death is the fate of everyone as ordained by Allah and I note with sadness that almost no monthly issue of the website produced by Ashraf passes with a mention of the death of alumnui.
Now to my thought or proposal.
I propose that the living Aden College alumni prepare and produce well articulated, open discussion/debate forums to be recorded and organized virtually. The agenda, the areas of concern and the debaters would be defined prior to the meeting in a precise and logical manner.
If you feel that these can be done with the help and in conjunction of honorable international NGO, so be it.
I suggest that:
1. The leaders of this open debate be the following:
a. Dr Qais Ghanem
b. Dr Abdullah Nasher
c. Ashraf Girgarah
d. Dr Adel Al Aulaqi
e. Farook Aman
f. Farooq Murshid
2. Every living Aden College alumnus
anywhere will be informed of the debates/forums and invited to contribute
3. Each section of the debate will begin with short presentation followed by extensive discussion.
4. Precise conclusions and recommendations would be produced.
I suggest that one of the following three debates areas may be selected:
a. Medical Services in Aden are crumbling. What is the urgent cure?
b.Talented children in Aden are ignored.
How can we help, enhance and nurture them?
c. Social medical services for patients in Aden are nonexistent. How can we produce effective social services for them?
You well may well say, and in that you may well be right, that this will ont furnish no tangible useful results.
However, the following will remain true should we go ahead with this proposal:
1. It would say: Aden College alumni do care about Aden.
2. It would get Aden College alumni together. Some sort of virtual reunion you wish (at least virally and perhaps for the last time).
3. Have some intellectual Adeni discourse on important issue on record for posterity.
4. Reflect Isam Ghanem’s burning wish of forming “Aden College Association”.
* Dr. Mohamed Ali Albar co-authored a scientic study paper with Hassan Chamsi-Pasha in Springer Nature entitled "Ethical Dilemmas At the End of Life: Islamic perspective". In their abstract they mentioned "Many Muslim patients and families are often reluctant to accept fatal diagnoses and prognoses. Not infrequently, aggressive therapy is sought by the patient or his/her family, to prolong the life of the patient at all costs. A series of searches were conducted of Medline databases published in English between January 2000 and January 2015 with the following Keywords: End-of-life, Ethics and Islam. Islamic law permits the withdrawal of futile treatment, including all kinds of life support, from terminally ill patients leaving death to take its natural course. However, such decision should only take place when the physicians are confident that death is inevitable. All interventions ensuring patient’s comfort and dignity should be maintained. This topic is quite challenging for the health care providers of Muslim patients in the Western World.
Muslims make up the world’s second-largest religious group with a population of 1.57 billion Muslims, accounting for over 23% of the world population. The total number of Muslims in the European Union and the USA exceeds 25 million.
The number of Muslim physicians is growing in both the UK and the USA with an estimated number of 50,000 in the USA alone (Abu-Ras et al. 2012).
Physicians treating Muslim patients are often ethically challenged in making decisions at the end-of-life cases, and they seriously search for religious guidance in these matters. This review is intended to discuss the most challenging dilemmas facing health care providers in such scenarios."
Read more here.
* Alumnus Farooq Murshed wrote to us on his favourite subject and that is which involved laboratory work.
These numbers can be associated with a wide variety of conditions. These include sickle cell disease, chronic liver disease or myelodysplastic syndrome. Other problems might include early stages of folate, vitamin B12 or iron deficiency. It might also mean you have dimorphic anemia, which is a marked iron or folate deficiency, just to name a few of the problems that can cause dimorphic anemia.
These blood cell counts are usually part of a normal, routine blood work that your doctor might use to determine your general overall health and possibly pinpoint any issues that might be causing adverse symptoms. Keep in mind that no matter what the RDW indicates, further tests are always necessary to help determine exactly what is wrong and how it should be treated.
Alumnus Farooq Murshed is a graduate of AIBMS, AINST (London, UK). He urges
alumni to STUDY THE ABOVE AND KEEP IT AS A REFERENCE RANGE. MANY PEOPLE GO TO HAVE A BLOOD COUNT DONE USING THE CBC (COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT MACHINE).
MANY PERSONS CAN NOT UNDERSTAND THE INTERPRETATION OF THESE USEFUL INDICES WHICH THE ELECTRONIC COUNTER PERFORM AND THEY IGNORE IT.
* Dr. Shihab Ghanem mentioned that "In a chapter entitled The Sonnets of Wordsworth, of her book East is West (John Murray, 1945), FS describes the work of the Information Office and its small, largely Arab staff, singling out Ali Muhammad Luqman (1918–1979), the office’s ‘poet-translator’, for particular mention. FS was struck by Ali’s unshakeable confidence, even in the dark days of 1940, that the allies would eventually win the War.
"He made it a labour of love to build Arabic prose out of the daily news which I picked up from the air and wrote over my breakfast on the terrace. Destroyers and the Red Sea sloops, battle ships and neutral ships and transports from New Zealand or Australia moved in and out below, beyond the ample bronze petticoats of Queen Victoria. In the clean sunshine and a breeze that fluttered the table-cloth edges, [Ali] would come out to discuss English meanings and Arabian cadences, building sentences that were to counter Italian propaganda and give to the people of Aden their only real news of the war. He believed in what we were fighting for [His] feelings about it all were shown to me in June . The tired lines of [British] infantry were still on the beaches of Dunkerque. I was reading the sonnets in which Wordsworth in the years between 1801 and 1806 faced the invasion of England. I wondered if [these] sonnets would appeal to the Arabs of Aden in a time of danger, and gave them to [Ali] to take home. He came to the office next morning with the same bright light in his eyes and two sonnets already translated into Arabic verse. ‘This,’ he said to me with a sort of vehemence, ‘this is for the Arabs. It is brave’. ‘We thought that through Aden and the small coast towns, where readers are few, we might sell 500 copies, printed in tiny volumes. Stewart printed 2000; every copy was sold and more were asked for."
Read more here.