A Godly Gift
“Before coming to Zaytuna,” says Nida Ahmed, class of 2019, “I thought subjects like metaphysics and logic had absolutely nothing to do with medicine.” But during her studies at Zaytuna, Nida learned to integrate her interests in medicine and Islamic studies by discovering the relationship between the two subjects. “Medicine itself can’t answer such questions as, What is a human being and what are valid sources of knowledge, but medicine certainly relies upon those answers.”
Thankfully, Nida learned about—and received—a scholarship from the estate of Dr. Adawia Alousi, who sought to underwrite the education of a female student in pursuit of a career in the STEM disciplines. By the grace of God, with admirable drive and the support of Zaytuna and its partnership with UC Berkeley, Nida had access to the STEM prerequisites for a pre-med student.
After scoring in the 97th percentile on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Nida gained admission to the medical school of her choice, the University of Texas at Dallas.