The National Diabetes Center at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad General Hospital, in collaboration with the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, recently held a diabetes awareness workshop for mosque Imams.
This is the second such workshop conducted by HMC and aimed to raise public awareness about this chronic disease by teaching Imams about diabetes prevention and providing them with tips and themes to develop their Friday sermons.
“These workshops focus on raising public awareness about diabetes through Imams at local mosques. The Imams are encouraged to use Friday sermons and Islamic lectures to educate people on the importance of a healthy diet and physical exercise for diabetes prevention and treatment,” said HMC’s Chairman of Internal Medicine, Professor Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra.
He said that “The Imams will use the knowledge gained during the workshop to inform the public about the healthy lifestyle led by Prophet Muhammad and his companions.”
He added that “The Holy Prophet’s life serves as a great example of a healthy lifestyle that incorporated regular physical exercise and a healthy diet.”
The workshop featured presentations on diabetes, its causes and risk factors, and encouraged Imams to educate about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical exercise and unhealthy eating habits.
Diabetes prevention tips, such as incorporating healthy foods into one’s diet and increasing physical activity, were also highlighted during the workshop. Several Imams availed the opportunity to join this platform and narrated stories about the healthy lifestyle led by the Prophet and his companions.