Speakers

Speakers

Master of Ceremonies: Dana Mohamed (ICNA Relief)

Rabab Alma

Rabab Alma

Healthy Tips: Communication Skills
ScreamFree Parenting & Staying Calm and Connected

Overview:
– Finding Joy in your relationship
– Parenting with purpose
– Staying connected

Rabab came to the U.S. at age 23, moved up in corporate America, raised her daughter as a single mother, and earned an MBA. Rabab decided to pursue the field of psychology to be a better parent. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist in the Valley Forge area, working with individuals, couples, families, and children. Rabab is a certified ScreamFree Parenting Leader who works with parents to keep calm and connected with their children.

Rabab provides services to refugees and underprivileged populations. She uses positive parenting approaches to empower parents and children to help in fostering a positive environment at home.

Kameelah Rashad

Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, M.Ed, MRPYC

Topic TBA

Overview: TBA

Kameelah is the Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness and Social Justice at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). She served three years as the Muslim Chaplain at UPenn and continues to facilitate discussions on religious identity development and challenges faced by American Muslim youth. She is also a resource to the wider Penn community and administration on Islam and Muslims.

Kameelah is the Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing stigma associated with mental illness, addiction and trauma in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education and training. Muslim Wellness Foundation envisions a future in which faith communities are at the forefront of mental health advocacy and committed to developing an inclusive culture of compassion, understanding and support.

In addition to Kameelah’s involvement in mental health advocacy and religious life, she is a proud social justice activist and founding member of Muslims Make It Plain, a coalition of concerned Muslims working to inspire, empower and support grass roots mobilization and direct action to address police brutality, racial & religious profiling, unlawful surveillance and the overpolicing of America’s Black & Brown communities. Kameelah serves as a member of the Advisory Council of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. Further, Kameelah is an advisory board member of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) and the Husayn Center for Social Justice, a Muslim-run social services and advocacy center.

Kameelah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and MEd in Psychological Services. She has pursued further graduate education, completing a second Masters in Restorative Practices & Youth Counseling (MRP) from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. She is pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

Khalid Iqbal

Khalid Iqbal

RELAX – Alternatives to Anger & Domestic Violence from Islamic Perspective

Overview:
R – RECOGNIZE your anger signals
E – EMPATHIZE by seeing the other person’s point
L – LISTEN and really hear what the other person is saying
A – ACCEPT that the other person anger is NOT ABOUT YOU
X – “X” out the past and keep it in the present

– Dua of Prophet Musa lay down the Principles
– Anger is natural emotion but learn to control how you act
– Learn to turn to cool thought instead of turning to anger

Khalid is a mechanical engineer by profession and for the past 20 years, he has dedicated himself to nonprofit work. His passion for family development led him to the creation of Rahmaa Institute, dedicated to the issues of Muslim marriage, conflict resolution, divorce, and social issues. He is a writer, speaker, and khateeb.

Khalid has developed a comprehensive premarital counseling course delivered in five sessions — the result of over three years of research on the subject. He wrote “Anger and Domestic Violence Prevention Guide for the Muslim Community”, available on his website and at the symposium.

Sahir Muhammad
Sahir Muhammad

Sahir Muhammad

The Need For Qualified Muslim Psychologists and Therapists

Overview: Practical steps to Address Marriage, Divorce, and Other Social Ills in the Muslim Community

Sahir works as a Behavioral Specialist and Mobile Therapist for a three different agencies in Philadelphia and does family therapy for Dunbar Agency and at the Masjid that he attends. Sahir has also served as a Youth Counselor for the Peaceful Posse/Physicians for Social Responsibility Project, which was a start up company for that program. Sahir holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Sciences, and is currently undergoing study to obtain his MA and Licensure in Counseling Psychology at Alvernia University.

Mr. Muhammad’s profession is concentrated on his passion in the area of youth development and skill building. His background is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has introduced this concept of therapy to the Masjid that he attends. He is very active in the Philadelphia community, with notable contributions including volunteer work with the Special Olympics and service as Captain of the Jawala Scouts of America.

Sahir is currently leading the development of Creative Thinking and Advancement, LLC, a consultancy serving to significantly increase the involvement of African American fathers and their families in the lives of their children; by providing effective communication strategies and treatment programs for young fathers in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System.

Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer
Rashidah L. Abdul-Khabeer, RN, MHS, PhD

Rashidah L. Abdul-Khabeer, RN, MHS, PhD

Dr. Abdul-Khabeer, a Registered Nurse, is the Director, Community-based Health Services for AccessMatters (formerly Family Planning Council, Philadelphia. PA), managing the community-level direct services component. Her responsibilities include overseeing HIV related education and services for women, men, children and their families, serving more than 2200 families annually under HRSA and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health; and as Principle Investigator of a 5 year-grant CDC High Impact HIV Prevention Project for men of color, Brothers United. Her accomplishments include the integration of HIV, reproductive health and family planning services in the major medical centers in Philadelphia, including HIV testing in labor and delivery, under a 3-year HRSA grant as a national model: The Women’s Initiative (WIN); creating a service model for HIV high risk men of color including counseling , testing linkage to care and navigation services; the founding of BEBASHI, Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues, a Philadelphia community-based organization providing sexual health education, case management and support services in communities of color; a founding member of the Circle of Care, and a founding Board member and past Board Chair of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) in Washington, DC. In addition, Dr. Abdul-Khabeer has served as Adjunct Professor at Arcadia University in the School of Community and Global Public Health. She is a regular lecturer in women’s health, domestic and intimate partner violence, reproductive health and social justice, issues in public health and student mentorship at several universities throughout metropolitan Philadelphia.

Dr. Abdul-Khabeer received her nursing education from the Drexel University College of Nursing (Medical College of Pennsylvania), her Master in Human Services Administration from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and her PhD in Human Services, Research and Evaluation from Capella University.

Margarita Miriam Abuawadeh
Margarita Miriam Abuawadeh

Margarita Miriam Abuawadeh

Margarita Miriam Abuawadeh is a Muslim Hispanic American who has been an active member of her Islamic as well as non-Islamic community in Philadelphia for over 24 years. She is currently working on her RN and is a member of CAIR-Philadelphia’s Advisory Board. Her passion is working with children and she works as a Bilingual Counselor Assistant for the School District of Philadelphia serving immigrant students and families, and non-English language speakers.

She ensures that the students have access to equal education as English speakers. In doing so she helps identify whether a child may have a learning disability, assuring that the child is not bullied, and that they have as smooth a transition as possible. She also identifies students and families that may have experienced trauma, violence, loss, war, abuse, lack of education, displacement.

Her experience includes: Former Director of Youth Programs for Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, Former Director of Summer Programs For Children at Al-Hedaya Masjid, Member of MAS Philadelphia, Member of NSM New Sanctuary Movement, served community in Camden New Jersey as an LPN at Cooper Hospital, Guest Speaker at Drexel, Charter Schools, and interfaith events. Member of Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation, Facilitator of Emergency Response Training.

Shirley Jones Abdus Shakur
Shirley Jones Abdus Shakur

Shirley Jones Abdus Shakur, MSN, RN

Sr. Shakur currently serves at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing as adjunct professor/lecturer and Diversity Advisory Board member. She also is a relationship expert, staff development consultant, and founder of Dar Imani, a Women’s Holistic Healthy Lifestyle Studio.

As a nurse clinician her current expertise are as a certified trauma emergency nurse, an educator, and a legal nurse consultant.

In the past, she was elected as amirah of the women of Masjid Muhammad of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

As a philanthropist for local masajid, women’s groups, community businesses’ and schools she was dedicated to supporting causes that matter to her.

  • Professional Development Consultant and Muslim Community Services:
  • Educational and Staff Development Training: Area schools & colleges/universities
  • Masjidullah: the Center for Human Excellence: Islamic educator,
  • Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship: bookstore services
  • The Women’s Committee of the Majlis Ash Shura of Philadelphia & Delaware Valley: member
  • United Muslim Women’s Conference: 2015 chairperson; 2014 planning committee and co-chair of Public Relations 2014

Community at-Large Services:

  • United Nations of Philadelphia by participating in establishment of the Global Health Goals for 2015 thru 2025
  • Mayor’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives: Muslim woman ambassador representative
  • New Core Organization participant for Interfaith Multiracial Citywide Dialog
  • Muetter Museum (College of Physician’s Medical History Museum):
    tour guide
  • University of Pennsylvania Wellness Day (A West Philadelphia Community Comprehensive Health Screening Health Fair): Planning committee: Interfaith and Student Outreach Subcommittee and Facilities and Logistics Subcommittee

Author:

  • health columnist for the Majilis Ash Shura of the Delaware Valley newsletter.
  • developed and published patient education material for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Department of Health

Education: University of Pennsylvania applicant toward PhD. LaSalle University MSN ‘92. Seton Hall University BSN ’85.

Family: She is married to Imam Mikal Shabazz of Masjidullah, Philadelphia, with four adult children, Ibn Khairi, Munir, Amina, and Sakina and six grandchildren.