Speakers

Speakers

Master of Ceremonies: Dana Mohamed (ICNA Relief)

Shirley Jones Abdus Shakur
Shirley Jones Abdus Shakur

Shirley Jones Abdus Shakur, MSN, RN

How to Stay in Peace Rather than Pieces in the Home

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.

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.

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.

Miriam Bhutta

Alternatives to Anger & Domestic Violence from an Islamic Perspective

Miriam Bhutta is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor working with ICNA Relief. She counsels individuals, children and adolescents, and families. Sr. Miriam has a Masters in Mental Health, recently completed her memorization of the Qur’an and is pursuing a Bachelors in Islamic Studies. She incorporates an understanding of Islamic values, cultural expectations, and an awareness of the current times into her counseling. Her services are available in English and Urdu.

Herman 'Abdus Salaam' Davis
Herman “Abdus Salaam” Davis

Herman “Abdus Salaam” Davis

Herman Davis is an entrepreneur, youth development specialist and community activist. His work advocating against violence and its plague on the urban community is a labor of love. Davis has worked tirelessly on the development of the Youth Council for Peace+Love establishing an art based therapeutic way to encourage our youth to make better choices when faced with a challenge by encouraging the use the arts as a vehicle for change. Peace and Love has visited more than 50 schools throughout the tri-state area.

Davis found himself becoming a violence prevention activist out of necessity after his sister was murdered. Davis’ sister, Theresa Linda Davis, the mother of 3 small children was murdered in 1985 at the age of 25 by her husband. Davis’ commitment to the positive promotion of world peace and non-violence defines his dedication to make a positive impact in his community and the world. He is also a member of the Fight for Lifers organization and the recipient of the 2013 Black Male Engagement Leadership Award.

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.