My Mom’s Doctor is a Scary Muslim

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 4: Demonstrators against President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban come together at Los Angeles International Airport, in Los Angeles, California, United States on February 4, 2017. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


My mom has Alzheimer’s, a brutal disease. Her doctor is a Muslim. His name is Islam, actually, Mahbub Islam. I have his cell number, he has mine. He’s answered my call at 1 AM on a Sunday morning.

He calls her “Mama” and hugs her when he sees her. He calls me “Billy,” actually BEELEE. I’ve seen him have tears of frustration in his eyes as we try to work together dealing with congestive heart failure, kidney failure, pain management and a whole slew of elder care challenges. We have had many heart-to-heart talks about palliative care and exactly that means and what we are dealing with here.

“This is not the place for heroics, Beelee, this is about caring and comfort.”

I met him in the ER at St. Lukes Hospital, in Newburgh, about four years ago. He announced, grinning ear to ear, “Today is your lucky day.” It was.

So, today we are banning Muslims from entering the country. I am glad my buddy, Mahbub got here before we were so terrified.

Men used to act like men and do the right thing, not every man, not every day, not all the time, but overall.
We don’t do the right thing anymore. We cower, we act like scared little children hiding and pissing our pants over boogie men and justify our fear under a cloud of misconceived safety.
I think if you look at the facts you’ll see a lot more acts of terror carried out by crazy old white men, like me.

Next week it could be any other group. It’s racist, it’s wrong and it is not who we are.

Just my two cents.



One thought on “My Mom’s Doctor is a Scary Muslim”

  1. First of all, I’m so sorry about your mom. My dad died from it 7 years ago. My mom went a couple of months later. She gave up, broken by what happened to him. Alzheimer’s killed her as much as my dad. You’re very fortunate to have that scary Muslim as her doctor.
    When I saw that a version of that disgusting, nonsensical Muslim Ban was being allowed one of my few printable thoughts was “at least families could be together”. Imagine how gobsmacked I was to discover that grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. don’t qualify as having the proper ties to their immediate family members to get in. WTF???
    What sneaky, disgusting crap is that? I try not to wish harm on anyone but these people are testing my resolve to take the high road. Hell, the scum that are in charge in Washington aren’t even on any freaking road.

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