BAGHDAD – Believing in Islam’s true tenets of mercy and compassion, an Iraqi Muslim dentist has been offering help to Christians and other people displaced by fighting in Iraq, dedicating her life to protecting civilians of all faiths.
“We think and hear about Islamic terrorism all the time. What about Islamic people working for the protection of Christians?” asked Canon Andrew White, the former chaplain of St. George’s Church in Baghdad during a visit to Washington last December.
While media was dominated with negative news portraying few members of the Muslim world, this extraordinary Muslim Iraqi woman has been helping Christians and other people displaced by the fighting in her country.
Dr. Sarah Ahmed, an Iraqi dentist, was there “protecting all of the Iraqi Christians,” White said.
Over the past few years, Ahmed has been traveling all over Iraq to bring clothes, medicine food, and other essential items to the Christians, Yazidis, Muslims, Shebeks and others.
White revealed that the work he’s been doing is actually being done by Ahmed, who is now the director of operations for the White-founded Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East.
“I am a very faithful person,” Ahmed told Christian Post.
“I believe that with all the amount of [humanitarian work] that I have been doing and have been doing out of good faith in my heart and not for fame or money or anything, just out of my desire to help, I feel that God is always there for me and kind of protecting me and being around me to be able to reach all these areas and all these people.”
“I know what a lot of people say about Islam but my Islam that I believe in is a religion that is very peaceful and believes in helping others,” Ahmed said. “You cannot sleep while your neighbor is hungry or suffering.”
Now in Kurdistan, the former resident of Baghdad went to the United States in 2010 to study dentistry.
Meeting White, a fellow Iraqi, she eventually became a part of the Christian charity being run by White, starting as a clinic volunteer.
Being a Muslim has never contradicted with her work in a Christian charity, Ahmed said.
“It never crossed my mind. I feel no difference,” Ahmed said.
“I work for the Christians, Yazidis, Jews, everybody else. For me, we are all equal. I don’t differentiate that much.”