IMAM organisation was first mooted by 5 Muslim doctors. During the 2nd half of 1989, a series of meetings with a number of Malaysian Muslim Medical Practitioners were held at the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur. Attendees were from different areas and specialties of medical practice. As a result of the meetings, a few more of their colleagues joined the original five founding members to form the pro tem committee. IMAM has evolved ever since becoming the IMAM we see today.
The application for the formation of IMAM on 18th of November 1989 was accepted by the Malaysian Registrar of Societies on 1st of December 1989. A few speakers delivered their speeches on Islam and Medicine during IMAM’s first General Meeting on December 1st in 1990, at Lecture Hall 1, Faculty of Medicine, UKM, Jalan Raja Muda, Kuala Lumpur. They were Dr. Maher Hathout (a cardiologist and a Muslim scholar based in Los Angeles, USA), Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamal Hassan (presently a lecturer in International Islamic University of Malaysia) and Professor Dr. Md. Tahir (presently a lecturer of Taylor’s University). Members of the first committee were then elected in 1990.
IMAM is affiliated with the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA) right from its inception. Apart from holding local and international talks and seminars, IMAM provides medical-welfare services locally and abroad, set-up of Rumah Solehah which is a halfway house for children and women affected by the AIDS epidemic and also a hemodialysis centre (Pusat Hemodialisis Islam Makmur) in Kuantan, Pahang.
IMAM membership has reached more than 2500 people from different backgrounds; from a graduate medical officer (houseman) to consultant doctors, professors and deans in public and private universities. More than that, IMAM participation is also composed of those who serve as a dental officer, from allied health, assistant medical assistants (paramedics), nurses and students medicine.
Thus, making IMAM the forefront of medicine in Malaysia and internationally with regular requests for its views on various issues. IMAM has carried out numerous activities, collaborations, and missions in the past with only more to come in the future.