Zareen Shaukat, 38, is the daughter of the founder of moonsighting.com, Khalid Shaukat and a resident of Montgomery County. She has been battling Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and is in urgent need of a kidney transplant. Without a job, she has been denied insurance coverage due to pre-existing conditions. An ideal candidate for the new Health Care Act but according to her father, “there is no time to wait for Obamacare”. Because of her age, she is not covered under her father’s insurance and is need of a kidney transplant as soon as possible, for which the expenses exceed $270,000.
“Zareen is one of the most loving and positive people we know. She has done many things to help her community and country. Now she needs your support, She is in the final renal failure stage,” says her father, Khalid Shaukat. She is a mobile interface designer and an alumnus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
A soft-spoken man, known for his sherwanis and Jinnah cap, Shaukat set up moonsighting.com in 1993. The site is used by people around the world to track the visibility of the moon and its phases as calculated by Shaukat using 320 trigonometric terms.
The Islamic Center of Maryland (ICM) sent out notices on their listserv notifying the community: “ICM Administration recognizes the service Br. Khalid Shaukat has provided to the Muslim community, not only in the U.S. but all across the globe.” Several online forums also spread his plea for help.