Dear FIMA members
Assalamu Alaykum
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
Praise be to Allah the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent. May Allah ? shower
His blessings and peace on the Prophet and Messenger Muhammad ? .
I begin by thanking the FIMA Executive Committee for honoring me with the
responsibility of being the Editor-in-Chief again for this year’s yearbook. I thank
Allah ? for giving me this opportunity and enabling me to accomplish this task. I
pray to Allah ? to accept my effort in His way and to reward all who participated
in this effort.
This year, our theme is “Health in the Muslim World: Meeting the Millennium
Development Goals.” The United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000
adopted the Millennium Declaration that delineated eight Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs). Three of these goals are directly related to health
although the others also have a definite impact on health. The three MDG goals
specific to health are MDG 4 to reduce under-five mortality by two-thirds, MDG5
to improve women’s health by reducing maternal deaths by 75% and ensuring
access to reproductive health, and MDG-6 to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and
other diseases. The target year for achieving these goals is 2015, with 1990 being
the baseline. MDG 7 is to ensure environmental sustainability. It is closely related
to health, though indirectly. These goals are genuine Islamic goals, and we as a
Muslim nation should be pioneers in their implementation. The different authors
of this yearbook addressed each of these MDGs.

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