Product Description

Muslim Women: Soft as Silk, Strong as Steel

Ustadha Maryam Amir & Ustadha Hosai Mojaddidi

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 2:30pm
Where: Al-Medina Education Center, 37500 Central Court, Newark, CA 94560
Cost: $15

Course Description
I. Session 1: Aisha (r)
–Wife. Scholar. Battle Commander. Aisha (r) was the most beloved person to the Messenger of Allah (s), despite not staying strictly within roles traditionally relegated to women. This series will build upon the last Women’s Forum’s review on the life of Maryam (a), and highlight that there is no single route in the road to piety.II: Session 2: What is Obedience? — Balancing Rights & Responsibilities
–We love our parents, and know the great reward of obedience to them, but what if that obedience starts to take over our lives? We are told that Islam came and liberated women, but also that women must be obedient to their husbands. This session will explore what obedience really means, and how satisfying Allah’s commands does not run contrary to the empowerment of women.III: Session 3: Tackling Modern Challenges for Muslim Women
— (This session is an interactive guided dialogue) Maintaining a healthy personal self has become increasingly challenging in the face of many unique circumstances of our present times. By exploring the unique challenges of our present circumstances and the evolving spiritual challenges that underly many of these societal changes, we seek to explore how we as individuals and as a community can tackle these challenges on the path to building a healthier spiritual self, personal self, and healthier communities.
Instructor Bio
Maryam Amir received her master’s in Education from UCLA, where her research focused on the effects of mentorship rooted in Critical Race Theory for urban high school students of color. She holds a bachelor’s in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University, where she served as the President of the Muslim Student Association for two consecutive years. Currently, she is pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies through Al Azhar University. Maryam spent a year studying the Arabic language and Qur’an in Cairo, Egypt, and has memorized the Qur’an. She has been presented the Student of the Year award by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and holds a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Maryam writes for and and frequently travels to work with different communities on topics related to spiritual connections, social issues and women’s studies.
Hosai Mojaddidi is the co-founder of Mental Health 4  Muslims.  She has been actively involved with Muslim community in the San Francisco Bay Area and the southern California community for nearly 15 years.  Working for several non-profit organizations in various capacities as well as a Qur’an teacher and lecturer over the years has afforded her the wonderful opportunity to meet thousands of Muslims from different backgrounds and in the process develop many deep and lasting relationships both personally and professionally.  She has also been able to gauge the mental health issues of the larger community firsthand by serving as a private mediator, advisor and mentor to many.  She co-founded MH4M with Dr. Nafisa Sekandari because she is passionate about providing a unique and tailored approach to mental health support and recognizes the desperate need for such a service in the Muslim community.