Faith-based messages that promote cancer screening
With Masonic support, U researcher Rebekah Pratt and local imam Sharif Mohamed addressed significant faith-based barriers to breast and cervical cancer screening by developing health promotion messages based on Islamic principles.
|Predestination (or fate)
- Screening does not bypass predestination.
- Seeking good health is consistent with faith.
- Treatment is also predestined and is there to be taken.
- Screening is an opportunity to be taken.
|The role of modesty
- Modesty of the heart is as important as modesty of the body.
- It is preferred to see a doctor of the same gender.
- It is acceptable to see a doctor of the opposite gender.
- It is more important to seek a doctor who has knowledge and confidence in the health at hand than a doctor of the same gender.
- In an emergency situation, it is important to first consider how to protect life. The concept of modesty remains but is secondary to protection of life.
|Cancer screening and treatment
- Prevention of disease is a faithful and religious thing to do.
- Religion encourages care of the body along with the mind.
- Prevention is better than cure.
- Allah has entrusted you to care well for your life and body.
- We must encourage all Muslims to care for their health.