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Healthcare in Madinah, Saudi Arabia
From being a caravan trading post some 14000 thousand years ago, Madinah has asserted itself as not just a holy city, but one that is ready for the current times.
It has gradually become a routine for Muslim pilgrims from around the world who come to Makkah, to pay visits to Madinah. This is not because Madinah is a part of the Hajj ceremonies, but simply because of the role this city played in the life of Prophet Muhammad and in the propagation of Islam.
It all started with Muhammad emigration (Hijra) to Madinah in 622 to avoid losing his life. It was in this place that he found so much love, even if he was from Makkah.
It was also here in Madinah that he built the mosque which he loved so much that he named it “My Mosque”, translated in Arabic to mean Masjid Al-Nabawi.
After 8 years of spreading the word of Islam from Madinah, the Prophet marched into Makkah with an army of Muslim faithful and took over Makkah with hardly any bloodshed. He was to later return to Madinah to spend his last days and be buried.
All of these point to the significance of Madinah in the teachings of Islam. However, since the Saudi Arabian government under the leadership of King Abdul Aziz ibn Abdul Rahman al-Saud decided to take custodianship over Makkah and Madinah, both cities have witnessed tremendous government-sponsored expansion projects.
The Prophet’s Mosque has undergone several expansion works to accommodate the ever-increasing number of pilgrims that flock into both cities yearly. The last major expansion work involved the addition of three new buildings and paving of the entire mosque compound with marble.
Not restricted to the mosque, facilities to cater to the needs of teeming pilgrim population have also been expanded where available before now, or created where not previously available. The healthcare facilities in Madinah have been upgraded seriously.
Right now, there are at least 9 standard hospitals and 76 healthcare centers. All of these provide medical services to both local and foreign citizens.
To make doubly sure, temporary health care facilities are setup during the Hajj period to forestall any awkward incidences.
Educationally, Madinah is also moving forward. The educational system here is made up of two universities, The Islamic University and Taibah University.
The Islamic University is a premier tertiary institution specializing in Islamic Studies. There is also a printing press where several millions of copies of the Quran are printed and distributed to other countries.
There are also numerous secondary and tertiary educational institutions scattered around Madinah.
Telecommunications was not left behind. In fact, Madinah has always been at the forefront in terms of telecommunications in Saudi Arabia.
Telecommunications services in Madinah have always been compared to other regions in the kingdom.
However, while the city is most relevant as the second holiest city in Islam, it has also achieved the status of a modern-day city with all the necessary facilities available.
And yes! One thing which is available here despite the obvious modernization is the abundance of date palms and the very fleshy and delicious fruit.
28072011—The healthcare facilities in Madinah by Sheikh Salim Khadani of Bradford
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