Events

Empower Her – 2015: A leadership workshop for young Muslim women in DFW

What: Workshop Futures Without Violence
Click for larger image
When: April 28, 2015
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Carnegie Library
801 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

The Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, one of our collaborators,have arranged for a workshop on June 10–12, 2015 presented by the Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment. The workshop will include training in self-defense, self–confidence, leadership & career training. The Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment is an organization whose mission is to provide a platform for promoting the talents of young Muslim women and upholding the value of their potential for individual success. For more on the Women’s Initiative, see their website at www.wise-woman.org.


Futures Without Violence - Open Square Summit

What: Safe Passage: Gender-Based Violence and Global Education Futures Without Violence
When: April 28, 2015
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Carnegie Library
801 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

On April 28, 2015 Futures Without Violence and the George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute hosted the second Open Square Summit to explore the obstacles that can prevent education for women and girls worldwide. The event, Safe Passage: Gender-Based Violence and Global Education, convened more than 100 top international leaders.

As part of our commitment to keeping you informed about excellent resources for your community’s use in changing attitudes about the way we handle social issues, we’d like to call your attention to their website, futureswithoutviolence.org. It is full of useful information on a broad range of issues vital to our community. Be sure to check out their website.


7th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

What: 7th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference
When: March 26 – March 29, 2015
Where: Dearborn Inn, Dearborn, MI

Project Sakinah took part in the annual Muslim Mental Health Conference held this year in Dearborn, MI and sponsored by the Institute of Muslim Mental Health and Michigan State University. The conference, from March 26th to March 29, 2015, had a theme of “Faith & Healing: Moving from Trauma to Empowerment.” Presentations were made by Muslim and Non-Muslim academics and were targeted toward an audience of primarily Muslim professionals working in the social services fields.


5th Annual National Shura and In-Service Training for Chaplains

What: 5th Annual National Shura and In-Service Training for Chaplains
When: March 7, 2015
Where: Yale University, New Haven, CT

On March 7, Project Sakinah took part in the annual Shura and Training for the Association of Muslim Chaplains took place at Yale University in New Haven, CT. This emerging association is making progress toward establishing Endorsement Councils for Chaplains, working toward the establishment of an Islamic Seminary, and developing the contributions made by Muslims serving as Chaplains in in various kinds of institutions. Of particular value was a presentation by Dr. Feryal Salem, the co-director of the Islamic Chaplaincy program at the Hartford Seminary, on Models for Spiritual Care from the Tradition of Islamic Spirituality.


The entire month of February is dedicated to:International Purple Hijab & Kufi Day 2015

The event seminar:
When: Sunday, February 15th, 2015
2pm - 5pm
International Purple Hijab & Kufi Day 2015
Click for larger image
Where: Dawah Center of America
1631 Westhaven Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
Please visit Facebook for more:
 

Project Sakinah is proud to announce the International Purple Hijab & Kufi Day 2015 presented by Asadullah, the Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence, and the Baitul Salam Network.

The entire month of February is dedicated to this event, which happens all over the world! We encourage everyone to take the time to reflect on why we have Muslim women, children and even some men dying due to problems in their homes.

We urge you to please find out more about this event and it's history on it's <a title="International Event! International Purple Hijab and Kufi Day 2015-Asadullah and Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence Host" href="https://www.facebook.com/events/269524183236390/?ref=br_tf" target="_blank"> Facebook page or on the website at <a href="http://www.iphkd.org " target="_blank" title="International Purple Hijab & Kufi Day 2015 website">www.iphkd.org


Project Sakinah presented at Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts

What: Presentation on Social Issues and Project Sakinah’s Work
When: February 6, 2015
Where: ISWM – The Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts, West Springfield, MA

The event was organized by brother Sufu Hashim with the support of Dr. Salem Bajwa, Treasurer of the Board of the Center. A group influential decision makers in the community’s affairs attended, including the President of the Board, Dr. Zubair Kareem, as well as Dr. Bajwa and the long-time Imam of the center, Dr. Wissam Abdel-Baki. After presenting the range of challenges faced by Muslim families in the United States, there was a productive discussion regarding how the Muslim community’s response to these issues could most effectively be structured.


Interfaith Conference on Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence

What: Interfaith Event Marriage: Half our Deen
When: Wed., October 29th, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: University of Daytona
  - River Campus
1700 S. Patterson Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45469
RSVP: $25 Registration: www.interfaithhtdv.org

Project Sakinah is pleased to be a supporting organization of an interfaith conference about human trafficking and domestic violence to be held by the Dayton Mercy Society on October 29th, 2014. DV and HT know no boundary. Please join us to learn how we can help save lives. Save the date and register for our conference at www.interfaithhtdv.org


Marriage: Half Our Deen – Conference in Raleigh & LIVE STREAM featuring Yasmin Mogahed

What: Conference & Live-Stream
Marriage: Half our Deen in Raleigh
When: This event has been cancelled.
Where: The McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman St.
Raleigh, NC 27606
Speaker: Keynote Speaker: Sr. Yasmin Mogahed
RSVP Pre-Register here by Sat. October 25th: $25
Registration at the door: $35
Registration for LIVE STREAM here
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1558698694341567/

Project Sakinah’s Raleigh Team is pleased to present a conference about fostering healthy marriages featuring renowned speaker Yasmin Mogahed on October 26th, 2014 (3:00PM – 6:00PM EST) at the McKimmon Center. Stay until the end for a book-signing as well! In collaboration with DeenTV, this event will also be LIVE-STREAMED. Registration is required. See the full program here. More information at raleigh@projectsakinah.org, 919-589-2614 or www.raleigh.projectsakinah.org.


Violence Against Women Workshop

What: Workshop Violence Against Women Workshop
When: Sun. October 26th, 2014 at 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Sayeda Khadija Centre
7150 Edwards Blvd
Toronto, Canada
RSVP: http://ccmw.com/ccmw-events/vaw-workshop-at-sayeda-khadija-centre/

Project Sakinah is expanding its borders to collaborate with the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women! They invite you to attend a workshop about violence against women. For more information about the organization, click here.


Violence Against Women Workshop

What: Workshop Violence Against Women Workshop
When: Tues. October 21th, 2014 at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Durham CAS
1320 Airport Blvd
Toronto, Canada
RSVP: http://ccmw.com/ccmw-events/vaw-workshop-at-cas-durham/

Project Sakinah is expanding its borders to collaborate with the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women! They invite you to attend a workshop about violence against women. For more information about the organization, click here.


Breaking the Silence

What: Community Forum Breaking the Silence
When: Sat. October 18th, 2014 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Washington Peace Center
1525 Newton St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
Speakers: Darakshan Raja
 – Falling Walls Initiative
Haruka Nobukuni
 – Asian/Pacific Islander
  Domestic Violence Resource Project
RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/9GOmVVvjDy
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/307821452756736/

Project Sakinah’s DC Team invites you to a community forum to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month entitled, “Breaking the Silence: How Do We Build a Community-Led Grassroots Movement to End Domestic Violence in the Muslim American Community”. For more information on the project, click here.


Releasing Anger & Experiencing Freedom

What: Free Workshops Releasing Anger & Experiencing Freedom
When: For Men: Fri. October 17th, 2014 at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
For Women: Sat. October 18th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: New Brunswick Islamic Center (NBIC)
1330 Livingston Ave
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Speakers: Men’s workshop taught by Dr. Ray Brock-Murray
Women’s workshop taught by Srs. Virginia Abu-Baker & Madiha Katao
RSVP: Wafahouse_inc@yahoo.com || 973-278-6229
Limited seats; first-come, first serve.

Our affiliates, Wafa House and New Brunswick Islamic Center (NBIC), invite the New Jersey community to attend their very first, free, separate workshop series entitled “Releasing Anger & Experiencing Freedom: Islamic Perspectives on Managing Everyday Stress” on October 17th & 18th, 2014. See the flyer or click here for more details


Human Trafficking & Armed Conflict: A Multidisciplinary Conference

What: Conference
When: Thurs., September 25th, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: American Red Cross
430 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
RSVP Free Registration and Agenda: www.tinyurl.com/traffickingandconflict
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1516948348521359/

The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) unit at the American Red Cross offers educational programs and public events to shed light on key issues surrounding armed conflict and to bring together communities of learning in order to share best practices.

The September 25 conference is a full day event designed to bring policy makers, service providers, government, military, academics and advocates together to highlight critical issues and share success stories.


Marriage: Half our Deen – One-Day Conference in Columbus, OH

What: One-Day Conference
Marriage: Half our Deen
When: Saturday, September 20th, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST
Where: Noor Islamic Cultural Center
5001 Wilcox Rd.
Dublin, OH 43016
Speakers: Sheikh Hossam Musa -
 Imam, NICC
Aliah Azmeh -
 MSW, Project Sakinah
Humera Mahmood - IMFT, LICDC
Ayan Hassan -  Outreach Vicitim Advocate,
  DV Unit, Columbus City Attorney

Zerqa Abid -   Project Sakinah
Zaheda & Mahmudur Rahman
Asma Mobin-Uddin & John Kashubeck

RSVP. Pre-Register by Fri. Sept. 19th for Free Admission
Suggested Donation: $25

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/516444065153528/

After the success of Project Sakinah’s Columbus Team’s “Secure the Future” Youth Conference in June, they are excited to hold another much-anticipated one-day conference about marriage. Topics to be discussed include pre-marital counseling, family therapy, domestic violence, and more. There will also be a fun, engaging session featuring strong couples from the community. They invite couples, singles, young adults, parents, and the entire community to learn more about building healthy marriages. Click here for further details or contact us at columbus@projecsakinah.org, 614-504-3213 or columbus.projectsakinah.org.


Columbus Muslim Community Summit

What: Community Meeting
ISNA 2014 Convention
When: Saturday, September 6th 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Where: Norwich Safety Services Bldg.
5181 Northwest Pkwy
Hilliard, OH 43026

Project Sakinah-Columbus is hosting a Columbus Muslim Community Summit. The goal of this meeting is to come up with a long-term and short-term plan to address our youth and family issues as a community. We will discuss the ways to implement programs like youth mentoring and parental education. Invitations to this meeting are being sent to all significant organizations and mosques' board members in the greater Columbus area. More details are here.


51st Annual ISNA Convention

What: Outreach Event
ISNA 2014 Convention
When: Friday, August 29th - Monday, September, 1st 2014
Where: Cobo Center
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226

Project Sakinah will again be engaging the larger nationwide Muslim community at the Bazaar during the 51st Annual ISNA Convention.

Sign up to volunteer


Youth: The Bricks of Our Future

What: Iftaar Fundraiser
Youth: The Bricks of Our Future
When: Sunday, June 29th, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Where: Noor Islamic Center


Speakers: Altaf Husain, MSW, Phd
Member, Majlis Ashura of ISNA
This event is invitation only.

There will be a fundraiser for Project Sakinah. All funds raised on this evening will be used to organize programs and campaigns that will help protect our children from Gangs, Sex-trafficking, Drugs, Drinking, Pornography, Family violence, Neglect, Broken Homes, etc.

For more information or to join the event, please contact at Columbus@ProjectSakinah.org or visit Columbus.ProjectSakinah.org


Columbus Youth Conference

What: One day conference.
Muslim Foster Parent 101
When: Saturday, June 14th, 2014
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Noor Islamic Center
Speakers: Dr. Malika Haque, Kashif Khan,
Ignacio Delgado, Aliah Azmeh,
Ann Woodward, Riyad Shamma,
Nima Dahir, Chief Douglas Francis, and Zerqa Abid
Cost: Free pre-registration, $20/ person onsite registration.

The main objective of this event is to not only to bring awareness, but to also help Muslim parents, youth, and teachers understand child abuse, parenting in intercultural American, foster care, and how to build a safe community.

For more information, visit the event's page on our website.
To register, fill in the online registration form.


Gathering Community to Save Our Youth

What: Community Event
Gathering Community to Save Our Youth
When: Friday & Saturday,
June 6th & 7th, 2014
Speaker: Riyad Shamma
Cost: Free.

Daily Schedule:

Friday:
12:00 p.m. Khutba at Raleigh Mosque
808 Atwater St, Raleigh, NC 27606
12:00 p.m. Khutba at Morrisville Mosque
126 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville, NC 27560
12:00 p.m. Evening at Raleigh Mosque

Saturday:
12:00 p.m. Evening lecture at Morrisville Mosque

Drugs, human trafficking, bullying, suicides, pornography, internet safety, and sexting are severe threats that our youth, as young as ten years old, are exposed to within our neighborhoods, our schools, and even in our homes.

Project Sakinah’s Raleigh & Durham Teams are focused on empowering our parents, teachers, and youth with skills and resources that are needed in addressing these social ills. Research supports that well-informed parents and trained youth mentors can help keeping our youth safe and strong.

Please join us for a discussion with nationally renowned Youth Speaker, and Executive Director of The Institute of Youth Development & Excellence, Riyad Shamma, for ways to save our youth and families.

For more information:
Phone: (919) 589-2614
Email: Raleigh@ProjectSakinah.org


Columbus Mother's Day Picnic

What: Family Picnic
Columbus Mother's Day Picnic
When: Sunday, May 11th, 2014
Where: Blendon Woods Park
Cost: Free.

Free Desserts, Games, & Activities. Celebrating our families & sharing our blessings. Potluck lunch. We provide desserts, drinks, and paper products.

www.columbus.projectsakinah.org


Marriage for Allah -- Before the Wedding, & “Happily Ever After”

What: Half day workshop
When: Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Where: Dartmouth College, Tucker Foundation
Speakers: Anas Coburn, MA, MFT
Cost: Free.

On April 19th, Al-Nur (the Dartmouth College MSA) will be hosting “Marriage for Allah: Preparing for it; Nurturing it,” a Project Sakinah presentation and discussion on Islamic marriage in the western world, hosted by Anas Coburn, MFT. The event will be in two lectures. The first lecture provides pre-marital guidance and a framework of preparation for the unmarried; the second lecture is intended for married couples. You may attend both lectures if you wish.


Muslim Foster Parent 101

What: National Webinar
Muslim Foster Parent 101
Click for larger image
When: Saturday, April 5th, 2014
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m EDT

Where: Online
Speakers: Imam Abbas Ahmad,
- First Cleveland Mosque
Yusra Gomaa, Esq,
- CASA-OH
Zerqa Abid,
Project Sakinah: Stop Family Violence Now
Cost: Event is free but pre-registration is required.
Facebook: Join this event on Facebook here!

April is child abuse awareness month. On April 5th, Imam Abbas Ahmed of the Cleveland First Mosque and Attorney Yusra Gomaa, Guardian ad Litem with CASA-Ohio, will take part in a national webinar organized by Project Sakinah on the need for Muslim foster parents.


Raleigh Fundraising Dinner for Project Sakinah Protecting Children and Families

What: Community Event Raleigh Fundraising Dinner for Project Sakinah Protecting Children and Families
Click for larger image
When: Saturday, March 30th, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Where: McKimmon Center at NC State University,
1101 Gorman St.,
Raleigh, NC 27606
Speakers: Anas Coburn,
Zerqa Abid
- Project Sakinah
Sahar El-Shafie
RSVP: 919-589-2614
Raleigh@ProjectSakinah.org
Reply before March 23rd
Facebook: Join this event on Facebook here!

This fundraising dinner will help protecting our children from Gangs, Sex-trafficking, Drugs, Family violence, Neglect, and Broken Homes by organizing programs like Muslim foster care, Muslim Youth Mentor Program, and other programs and events to nurture healthy relationships within Muslim families in Columbus & nationwide.

Organizing Committee:
Sr. Tanzeel Chohan
Sr. Rukhsana Ansari
Sr. Iffat Alam
Sr. Sameena Rashid
Sr. Rizwana Ali

TICKETS: Adults: $25.00
Students: $20.00
Children under 5: Free
Family of 4 or more: $75.00
At the door Adult: $ 30.00

For more info please check Raleigh Team’s Website.


Twitter Conversation with #MyJihad and Muslim Matters on Child Abuse and Effective Parenting

What: Online Community Event
Twitter Conversation with #MyJihad and Muslim Matters on Child Abuse and Effective Parenting
Click for larger image
When: Thursday, March 27th, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m EDT

Where: Twitter (Follow @ProjectSakinah or @MyJihadOrg or @MuslimMatters to participate)
Speakers: None specifically. Participants include Br. Anas Coburn, Project Sakinah; Karla Kellam, Project Sakinah; Angie Emara, #MyJihad; and Olfat Sakr, #MyJihad
RSVP: RSVP not required.
Facebook: Join this event on Facebook here!

We'll be partnering with #MyJihad - Public Education Campaign and Muslim Matters to host a twitter conversation on both child abuse and effective Muslim parenting. We're asking people raised Muslim in the West to tweet one thing that their parents did right, and one thing they did wrong, in raising them to be practicing Muslims here (or non-practicing, if that was the result).


Columbus Fundraising Dinner for Project Sakinah Protecting Children and Families

What: Community Event Project Sakinah Launch in New Jersey
Click for larger image
When: Saturday, March 15th, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Where: Makoy Center
5462 Center St,
Hilliard, OH 43026
Speakers: Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Asma Mobin-uddin,
Former President, CAIR-OH
Fundraiser:
Sheikh Abdel Rouf, MAS Dallas
Melissa Cropper, Ohio Federation of Teachers
Janet Monseur-Durr, Hilliard City School District
Anas Coburn, Project Sakinah
Zerqa Abid
RSVP: 614-504-3213
Columbus@ProjectSakinah.org
Facebook Event: Join us here.

This fundraising dinner will help protecting our children from:
Gangs, Sex-trafficking, Drugs, Family violence, Neglect, and Broken Homes by organizing programs like:
Muslim foster care, Muslim Youth Mentor Program, and other programs and events to nurture healthy relationships within Muslim families in Columbus & nationwide.

Organizing Committee:
Br. Mufakharul Islam
Dr. Taslima Rashid,
Dr. Wahida Abaza
Sr. Eram Gill
Sr. Kauthar Parveen
Br. Imran Ahmed
Br. Mahmudur Rahman
Dr. Marium Husain

TICKETS:
Adults: $20.00
Children 6 - 12 : $10.00
Children under 5: Free
Family of 6 or more: $100.00

Babysitting will be provided at no cost per advanced request. Light refreshments will be served. Donations are appreciated.

For More Information & Tickets:
614-504-3213
Columbus@ProjectSakinah.org

Project Sakinah is a national initiative of Dar al Islam, a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. All donations are tax exempted. We are zakat eligible.


Twitter Conversation with #MyJihad on Domestic Violence and Healthy Marriage

What: Online Community Event Twitter Conversation with #MyJihad on Domestic Violence and Healthy Marriage
Click for larger image
When: Thursday, March 13th, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m EDT &
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Twitter (Follow @ProjectSakinah or @MyJihadOrg to participate)
RSVP: RSVP not required
Facebook: Join this event on Facebook here!

We’ll be partnering with #MyJihad - Public Education Campaign to host a twitter conversation on domestic violence and healthy marriages within the Muslim community. Conversation starters will include:

  • How do YOU foster a healthy marriage, or what do you bring to your marriage to keep it strong?
  • Should one ever “give up” on a marriage or can all marriages be saved?
  • Does parental involvement help/hurt your chance of a healthy Muslim marriage?
  • Did you have premarital counseling? Did it help or hurt?
  • Do you think “modern” Muslimahs need a wali? What about reverts?
  • Are you ever able to fully recover once leaving and coming out of an abusive relationship? (or Do you think someone is able to fully recover…)
  • Do you believe Islam condones domestic violence?
  • Does culture/religion make Domestic Violence acceptable? If so, how do we change that?
  • If you grow up in a home with domestic violence, how has that impacted your future relationships?


Association of Muslim Chaplains' 4th Shura at Yale

What: Training for Chaplains, Imams & Other Service Providers to the Muslim Community

Project Sakinah Launch in New Jersey
When: Saturday, Mar. 8th, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Where: Yale University, New Haven CT
              
Speakers: Anas Coburn, Chaplain Abdul Rasheed Muhammad, Chaplain Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, Prof Zainab Alwani, Prof Ihsan Bagby, Alejandro Beutel, Atty Rabia Chaudry, Dr Mukhtar Curtis, Prof. Hamada Hamid, Prof Jimmy Jones, Chaplain Rabia Harris, Imam Dr Muhammad Hatim, Chaplain Ibrahim J. Long, Bonita McGee, Maliha Malik, Dr Aneesah Nadir, Dr Yamina Bouguenaya Mermer, Imam Saafir Rabb II & Chaplain Sana Shabazz Event is free but pre-registration is required.
Registration: FEES:
$99(Student/AMC member-$60)
Early Bird- $75(Student/AMC Member-$45)
Early Bird Deadline- Feb 28 @ 11:55pm
Facebook Event: Join us here.

This event is organized by Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC) . Project Sakinah’s managing director will also be one of the presenters at this conference. For more information, please check here.

Registration Required. Information about registration would be posted very soon.


Just the Two of You

What: Free Marriage Workshop Project Sakinah Launch in New Jersey
Click for larger image
When: Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Safety Services Building
5181 Northwest Parkway,
Hilliard, OH 43026
Speaker: Aliah Azmeh, MSW
RSVP: Event is free but RSVP is required at columbus@ProjectSakinah.org
Facebook Event: Join us here.

Make your Marriage Happier, Healthier & Stronger

Workshop topics include:

  • Myths about the success of marriage
  • Cultivating a deeper relationship
  • Conflict Management
  • Foundations of sharing/building a life together filled with meaning
  • Parenting issues and extended family relations

Aliah Azmeh is a Project Sakinah leader and a clinical social worker who recently moved from Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 and has worked in several fields of social work including humanitarian aid, medical social work, and counseling. For the last 4.5 years, Aliah has worked with Muslim communities in the metro-Detroit area as a counselor and community educator focusing on the areas if counseling, mental health, marriage/family issues, and domestic violence. Aliah now lives in Dublin, Ohio and is in the process of opening a counseling practice in the near future.

Babysitting is provided per advanced request. Light refreshments will be served. Donations are appreciated.


United in Purple for Aasiyas Everywhere

What: National Webinar

Project Sakinah Launch in New Jersey
Click for larger image
When: Saturday, Feb. 15th, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 EST

Where: Online
              
Speakers: Anas Coburn, – Project Sakinah
Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, – Peaceful Families Project
Bonita McGee, – Islamic Social Services-USA
Najiyah Khan, – altmuslimah
Zerqa Abid, – Project Sakinah: Stop Family Violence Now
Registration: Event is Free but pre-registration is required.
Facebook Event: Join us here.

It has been five years since Aasiya Zubair was brutally murdered by her husband – a husband who had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars standing in front of Muslim audiences and telling them about the wonderful work he was doing to combat stereotypes of Muslims with his Bridges TV project.

What has the Muslim Community been doing about it since then? Attend this webinar and find out what four leading groups of Muslim activists are doing, and how you can get involved.

Altmuslima is the thought-provoking online site that explores the gender divide from both sides. The Islamic Social Services Association in the USA is the pioneering association of Muslim Social Services professionals that has been working to prevent domestic violence and to build healthy marriages in our community for over a decade. The Peaceful Families Project is an international organization of Muslim Advocates focused on preventing Domestic Violence. Project Sakinah has taken the lead in gathering our community to grow strong families and prevent violence within them.

Join us to hear what we’ve been doing, and how you can help us take it to the next level.

Registration Required. Information about registration would be posted very soon.


It Takes Two

What: Pre–marital Marriage Counseling Workshop Project Sakinah Launch in New Jersey
Click for larger image
When: Friday, February 14th, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Ohio State Union
1739 North High Street,
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Contact: columbus@projectsakinah.org

Project Sakinah is teaming up with The Muslim Students Association at The Ohio State University a Pre–Marital workshop that will be focusing on helping single and engaged people understand themselves better, what they value as individuals, and what they want to look for when selecting a spouse. It is intended for single individuals, those who are looking to get engaged, and engaged couples. We will also be discussing the importance of pre-marital education and counseling and explaining how counseling works. Join us on Friday February 14th, 2014 in the Interfaith Room of The Ohio Union at 6:00 PM.
Food and refreshments will be provided. Parking available.


Project Sakinah Launch in New Jersey

What: Community Event Project Sakinah Launch in New Jersey
Click for larger image
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: New Brunswick Islamic Center, NBIC,
1330 Livingston Ave.,
North Brunswick, NJ, 08902
Speakers: Anas Coburn & Zerqa Abid, Project Sakinah
Suzy Ismail, Center for Muslim Life
Lubna Tanveer, Sister of Nazish Noorani & Boonton Team Member
Huma Hasan, Wafa House

Project Sakinah is teaming up with the New Brunswick Islamic Center, NBIC, in organizing "Gathering to Grow Strong Families." In this half-day event, we are bringing renowned speakers to talk about the need of strengthening Muslim families and empowering individuals. We will address the existence of violence and its impact on our families and children and will encourage community members to launch community actions teams to bring a long-term, sustainable change, InshaAllah.


A Roundtable Response to Domestic Violence

What: MSA Round Table Discussion
When: Friday, November 1st, 2013 - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Ohio State Union - 1739 North High Street,
Columbus, Ohio 43210

The Project Sakinah Columbus Team will be collaborating with The Muslim Students Association at The Ohio State University for a round table discussion about Domestic Violence. We will be discussing the different warning signs of Domestic Violence, prevention techniques and what you can do to help with this growing and pressing issue affecting Muslim communities everywhere. Join us on Friday November 1st, 2013 in the Interfaith Room of The Ohio Union at 6:00 PM. Food and refreshments will be provided. Parking available.


Outreach at ISNA Annual Convention 2013

What: Community Outreach at Convention Outreach at ISNA Annual Convention 2013
When: August 30th - September 2nd, 2013
Where: Washington, DC

50th ISNA Convention is just two weeks away from us. This year, we will be in the front middle of the bazaar, booth numbers 712 & 613. If you are attending the convention, then it is your chance to meet with us in person and to collect stickers, brochures and other cool items to raise awareness within your community and family.


Building Compassionate Communities: Your Role In Preventing Family Violence

What: Lecture & Community Discussion Building Compassionate Communities: Your Role In Preventing Family Violence
When: June 18th 2013 9pm-10pm
Where: Peace Islamic Center
9300 Old Keene Mill Rd
Suite A
Burke, VA 22015
Speakers: Asma Ahmad,
MSW, PSDC Team Lead

This event is all about learning, discussing and advocating. Attendees will leave this event with sharpened skills to identify red flags of abuse and neglect; ideas for creative prevention strategies; awareness of local resources and understanding the link between family foundations and a healthy community.


What can you do about family violence?

What: Lecture Protect Children
When: June 15th 2013 7:00 AM
Where: 2701 Briggs Chaney Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20905

This event will address the question: “What can you do about family violence?” by providing relevant and practical information for our Muslim community. Our objective is to engage attendees around a topic that may otherwise be unacknowledged, while helping them become educated and feel empowered to prevent and respond to abuse of any kind. We believe that every person has strengths that they can leverage in order to stop family violence in their community. In addition to general information on family violence across ages, this event will have a special focus on elder abuse in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. You can join this event here.


Gathering Community to Protect Children

What: Events to Stop Child Abuse & Encourage Effective Parenting Protect Children
When: April and afterward
Where: Your Masjid Facebook Event
facebook.com/events/125166817672828

Last year, Abdifatah Mohamud, 10, and Khalil Wimes, 6, died due to parental abuse and drew media attention in Buffalo, NY and in Philadelphia, PA.

Every week, 27 kids die in the US from abuse and neglect. This includes Muslim-American kids. We’d like to encourage everybody to ask their Imam to do a khutbah on child abuse during the month of April InshaAllah.

We are asking the entire community to take action to improve this situation. There is so much that can be done to prevent and stop child abuse. Let’s use April to plan activities for the rest of the year and beyond.

Please check the campaign page here for khutbah prep, talking points and more: http://projectsakinah.org/TakeAction/JointheCampaign.aspx


Midwest Organization for Human Services Regional Conference

What: Professional Regional Conference Victim No More
When: Thursday, March 14th to Saturday, March 16th, 2013, 9:00 am - all day
Where: Harper College, Palatine, IL
Speakers: The Keynote Speaker was Ameena Matthews, co-founder of CeaseFire & was in the documentary “The Interrupters”
Elyse Dobney who works for the Salvation Army STOP-IT Program
Darci Jenkins, “A Heartland Response: Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium"
and many others

At the conference, our team members made connections with Human Services organizations which are excellent resources for PS in regards to immigrants who are in situations particularly "Servile Marriage" but also any situation where an immigrant is forced to work by a family member(s) and does not receive the compensation for their work, a form of abuse in and of itself.


“Victim No More”

What: Panel on Domestic Violence as a Community Issue Victim No More
When: Thursday, March 7th, 2013, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: George Mason University, Johnson Center, George's (3rd floor); Fairfax, VA
Speakers: Asma Hanif (Muslimat Al-Nisa),
Salma Abugideiri (Peaceful Families Project)
Imam Zia (Make Space Islamic Center)
Asma Ahmad (Project Sakinah VA)
Organizer: GMU-MSA
Sponsors: PSA (Pakistani Student Association)
ASU (Afghan Student Union)
SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine)

 
Project Sakinah NoVA’s team is participating in a panel discussion titled "Victim No More." The GMU MSA is hosting this event and it is co-sponsored by three other student organizations. This panel of four experienced speakers, including an imam, a founder of a women's shelter, a psychologist, and a social worker - each representing a different community project/organization - will enlighten the community about the nature of domestic violence and how we can work together as a community to fight against it.

FB Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/467240853329390/


Columbus Interfaith Vigil for Domestic Violence Victims

What: Interfaith Vigil for Domestic Violence Victims
When: Sunday, March 3rd, 2013, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Noor Islamic Cultural Center, 5001 Wilcox Rd., Dublin, OH 43026
Speakers: Zerqa Abid
Imran Malik
Organizer: Columbus Faith Coalition Against Violence

Project Sakinah’s Campaign Manager, Zerqa Abid will be speaking to an interfaith gathering in Columbus, OH to raise awareness against domestic violence and its impact on family growth. Other guest speakers include a representative of Asha Ray of Hope. This event is organized by Columbus faith Coalition Against Violence.

More Information


2013 Kick off Event: Meet and Greet

What: Social Gathering Victim No More
When: March 2nd, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Private Residence in Roselle, IL
Organizer: Project Sakinah Chicago Team

Chicago is starting 2013 with a bang! Volunteers, old and new, and interested individuals will join together for lunch as our team-lead gives a brief presentation on Project Sakinah, the team’s progress, and future goals.

If you are in Chicago and would like to attend this event, please e-mail Chicago@projectsakinah.org


Team: NoVA/DC Team

January 12, 2013
Event Type: Potluck

There will be a Potluck & we will enjoy watching Aimee Thompson‘s Training Video “Close to Home Model”
More Info: NoVA1@projectsakinah.org.
 

Team: Raleigh, NC

January 12, 2013
Event Type: Potluck

There will be a Potluck & we will enjoy watching Aimee Thompson‘s Training Video “Close to Home Model”
More Info: Raleigh@projectsakinah.org.
 

Team: Durham & Chapel Hill, NC

January 12, 2013
Event Type: Potluck

There will be a Potluck & we will enjoy watching Aimee Thompson‘s Training Video “Close to Home Model”
More Info: DurhamChapelHill@projectsakinah.org.
 

Project Sakinah Exhibits at MAS-ICNA Convention in Chicago

Project Sakinah Exhibits at MAS-ICNA Convention 2012 in ChicagoDecember 21-25, 2012
Event Type:
Convention
Venue: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers - Booth 610
301 East North Water St.
Chicago, IL, 60611
Join us on Facebook and invite your friends to our booth.

We’re going back to Chicago to campaign among the MAS and ICNA communities at their annual convention in Chicago on Christmas weekend. If you are in Chicago or coming to the convention, please visit us at booth 610. Interested in helping us at the booth? Please contact us at gathering@projectsakinah.org.
 

Project Sakinah Goes to North Carolina

Project Sakinah Northern Carolina TeamRaleigh Program

Friday, December 14, 2012
Time: 7:45 p.m. To 10:00 p.m.
Event Type: Project Sakinah Team Launch
Venue: Islamic Association of Raleigh
808 Atwater St.
Raleigh, NC 27607
Tel. (919) 834-9572
Join us on Facebook

Durham Program

Saturday, December 15, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Event Type: Project Sakinah Team Launch
Venue: Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman Masjid
3034 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707
Tel. (919) 683-5593
Join us on Facebook

Project Sakinah is going to NC on Dec. 14th and 15th, 2012. We are grateful to the Islamic Association of Raleigh for a warm welcome and for hosting this community event. InshaAllah, we will kick start at IAR’s mosque in Raleigh. Our collaborators include Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman masjid of Durham and Wehdah of Chapel Hill. We hope to tell you about more team launches in the next newsletter. Check out our Facebook events for details. Please help us by inviting your friends in NC to these events.
 

Team Launched in Northern Virginia

Project Sakinah Northern Virginia TeamSaturday, November 17, 2012
Time: 3:30 p.m. To 6:30 p.m.
Event Type: New Project Sakinah Team Launch
Venue: ADMAS Center
46903 Sugarland Road
Sterling, VA 20164

Project Sakinah is pleased to announce the launch of its Northern Virginia team. Anas Coburn, Zerqa Abid, Allison Celik, and Tariq Shafi conducted the launch event at ADAMS Center in Sterling, Virginia, on November 17th. Dr. Mohammad Shafi, Chairman of Dar al Islam, Project Sakinah’s parent organization, helped with local arrangements, along with Ruqayah Coburn and Saira Sufi of Peaceful Families Project (PFP). Project Sakinah arranged for presentations by Salma Abugideiri of the PFP, Asma Hanif from Muslimat Al-Nisaa, and Owais Shaikh of the ADAMS Center spoke about their activities addressing the issue of family violence. Our team members have already set a meeting date for their next meeting, we are looking forward to a strong team in Northern VA! Please click here to see event photos.
 

National VAWA Call-In Day

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Event Type: National Call-In Day
Venue: Online

Please call your US Senators and Representatives to urge them to pass the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which protects family violence survivors—including immigrants. The congressional switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Tell your legislator that you think VAWA is an election issue and must be passed by the end of 2012.

You can also tweet your legislator @[your legislator]: Make #VAWA a lame duck priority – reauthorize it now You can email your legislator by finding them first. Find your Representatives at http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ Find your Senators at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
 

Project Sakinah National Volunteers Meeting

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Event Type: Team Meeting
Venue: Online

On May 5, 2012, Project Sakinah’s National Team held a meeting for all volunteers across the country. Team leads from different cities presented their reports about their progress and challenges in their cities. Ideas were exchanged. New plans were discussed. Feedback was given to each team. National team plans to meet on quarterly basis.
 

Family Stability Potluck in Chicago

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Event Type: Social Gathering
Venue: 3950 Industrial Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

On March 31st , Project Sakinah Chicago team under the leadership of Irma Hasham gathered community members for a potluck dinner at the Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs of Rolling Meadows. The title of the event was “Family Stability in the Muslim Community.” Dr. Yasmeen Khan (PsyD) and community leader Mohammed Shakur spoke to the gathering about the need of family stability and the issue of domestic violence in the Muslim Community.
 

Columbus Leaders meet with Project Sakinah

On March 11th, Columbus Muslim community leaders and community activists gathered to meet with Project Sakinah in search for a long-term plan to address the issue of family violence in the community. The managing director of Project Sakinah, Anas Coburn, the Columbus team, and several distinguished leaders discussed the need to make social services a priority for their community. Project Sakinah is working to introduce and launch several long-term initiatives in collaboration with the Muslim organizations and the Columbus community.
 

In-service training for Chaplains and Imams on Strategies for addressing DV.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Event Type: Training and Conference
Venue: Yale University Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC)
63 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

The managing director of Project Sakinah, Anas Coburn presented a training on Domestic Violence: Signs and Strategies, at the National Shura 1433 for Chaplains and Imams being held at Yale University on march 10, 2012. Anas shares the session with Sr. Bonita McGee of Islamic Social Services Association- USA .The event was sponsored by The Islamic Seminary Foundation (ISF) in cooperation with The Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC).
 

Sakinah Leadership Summit – "Transforming Community"

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Event Type: Community Forum
Venue: Meeting Room, Norwich Township Safety Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard, OH 43026

Project Sakinah’s Columbus Team held a leadership symposium on March 10, 2012. The Key Note Speaker of this event was the executive director of Turning Point for Women and Families, Robina Niaz. Several local Muslim leaders talked about their projects that have transformed the Columbus community in one way or the other. On March 9th, MSA-OSU also be hosted a major event “Muslims against Bullying” with Sr. Robina Niaz.
 

Project Sakinah in Atlanta

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Event Type: Community Forum
Venue: Masjid Hamzah
665 Tidwell Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30004

We are very excited to report that we kicked start our campaign in Atlanta, GA, this March. On March 3rd, 2012, our Campaign Manager, Zerqa Abid, introduced Project Sakinah and its campaign to the audience of a Family Symposium at Masjid Hamza in Alpharetta, GA. Br. Abdul Wali Carter, a board member of Masjid Hamzah, also co-presented about the issue of family violence. Turnout for the program was gratifying and it was well recieved by community leadership and members alike. We are happy to announce the formation of a new team under the leadership of Shaima and Abdul Wali Carter.
 

"Protecting the Loved ones at Home"

Saturday, February 10, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Event Type: Student Forum
Venue: Masjid Hamzah
665 Tidwell Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Project Sakinah’s Campaign Manager, Zerqa Abid presented to an audience of about fifty Ohio State University students on February 12th, alongside Ayan Hassan of the Columbus City office. The two presented on the importance of Project Sakinah’s mission and on the dire need for the entire community to wake up and start making a change. The students were visibly moved by the presentation, and several stayed behind to talk to the both of the speakers. A table with Project Sakinah buttons and anti-domestic violence bracelets was set up and several students came to buy buttons and bracelets to contribute to the cause. OSU freshman, Shamiyan Hawramani wrote a review of the GBM which was included in MSA’s newsletter as well. The link to the review is as follows:
http://msaohiostate.tumblr.com/post/17749951408/newsletter-2-17-2012
 

Gathering Community to Stop Domestic Violence - October 2011 Events

October is domestic violence awareness month. Several events are being scheduled all over the country to address the issue of domestic violence.  Project Sakinah is also organizing following community events to brainstorm and plan the necessary steps to bring change in our culture and attitude toward domestic violence:

Sunday, October 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Event Type: Community Forum
Venue: Meeting Room, Norwich Township Safety Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hillard, OH 43026

This event was sponsored by Islamic Society of Greater Columbus and Muslim Family Services of Ohio. Speakers included Managing Director of Project Sakinah, Anas Coburn; a Clinical Social Worker from the University of Michigan, Amal Killawi; and Project Sakinah’s Campaign Manager, Zerqa Abid. There was a good turnout and several audience members were very involved in the discussions. Much like the Muslim community of Columbus, the audience was very diverse and included various age groups. A Columbus team was formed to plan and execute more events in the future.

Friday, October 14
Time:
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Event Type: ImagoConnects Couplehood Training
Venue: Meeting Room, Safety Services Building,
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hillard, OH 43026

Trainer: Anas Coburn

Was a three hour introduction to the Imago process that helps couples deepen and transform their relationship. This class is based on the works of Harville Hendrix, author of "Getting The Love You Want". In the ImagoConnects class you will:

  • Hear a discussion of couples relationships that is fun and insightful
  • Discover the unconscious forces that influence attraction
  • Embrace struggle as a natural process to work through, not a signal to give up
  • Learn a 3-step communication skill to deepen connection
  • Make Sense of Love

Cost: $75 individual, $125 couple
Special Discount for First Five Registrations
Cost: $50 individual, $ 100 Couple
This cost will cover Training material and food.
Financial assistance available

For more information about Imago Relationship Therapy please contact Anas Coburn. Trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist, he suspended his clinical work as a psychotherapist and to head Project Sakinah, where training couples to re-connect is a central part of his work.

Anas Coburn, MA MFT
Certified Imago Community Educator

Managing Director, Project Sakinah
Director, Strategic Development, Dar al Islam
anascoburn@daralislam.com
 

Sunday, October 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Event Type: Community Forum
Venue: Meeting Room, Norwich Township Safety Building,
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hillard, OH 43026

This event was sponsored by Islamic Society of Greater Columbus and Muslim Family Services of Ohio. 


Gathering Chicago Muslim Community to Stop Domestic Violence

Two community events are scheduled back to back in Chicago:

1. Islamic Foundation at Villa Park

Sunday, October 23
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Event Type:Community Forum
Venue: 300 West High Ridge Road
Villa Park, IL 60181

Speakers included Clinical Psychologist Dr. Yasmeen Khan (Psyd), Project Sakinah’s Managing Director Anas Coburn, Project Sakinah’s Campaign Manager Zerqa Abid, and Hamdard Center’s Director of Domestic Violence Program Maryam Mirza. The show started off slow with few audience members; however, more people joined as it progressed.  We witnessed tears and several people got very emotional.  We were privileged to meet with some domestic abuse survivors in person, and hear their stories first hand.  A Villa Park team was formed to put together more programs in the future.

2. Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs (ISNS) at Rolling Meadows

Sunday, October 23
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Event Type:Community Forum
Venue: 3950 Industrial Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Speakers included Mosque Foundation’s Imam Kifah Mustapha, Apna Ghar’s Board Member Daniel Noorani, Project Sakinah’s Managing Director Anas Coburn, and Project Sakinah’s Campaign Manager Zerqa Abid.  The event was recognized by the Muslim Community Outreach Program (MCOP) by Thomas J. Dart Cook County Sheriff and audience members included members of the Sheriff’s office: the Deputy Director of External Affairs, Office of Policy and Accountability, Morlie Patel and Officers Sajid and Ibrahim.  We were fortunate to have these officers present in our program as they offered legal insight to many of our case studies of various domestic violence victims, and enlightened the community with various legal routes to take when in an abusive relationship.  Several of ISNS’ board members also attended the program and pledged their support to the Rolling Meadow’s team in hosting future Project Sakinah events.

For more info or to schedule an event in your community, please:
Call: 703– 531-8179
Email: gathering@projectSakinah.org


Other Events:
 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Briefing

October 18, 2011
Time:
10:30 a.m.

You are invited to a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition, a coalition of over 20 faith organizations with a shared commitment to ending violence against women and children. In this briefing, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will offer introductory remarks and panelists from diverse religious backgrounds will discuss the historic Violence Against Women Act and the role of the faith community in ending violence. The briefing will take place on October 18th at 10:30a.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 201-00. To rsvp or for questions, please contact Miri Cypers at Jewish Women International at mcypers@jwi.orgor 202 464 4804.

Understanding Domestic Violence: A Seminar for Imams

October 23, 2011
Providence, RIfirst source of help sought by Muslims impacted by domestic violence. This seminar will provide imams with information about the dynamics of domestic violence, the various ways that domestic violence impacts each person in the family as well as the broader community, and some tools to respond more effectively to this complex phenomenon. There will also be opportunity for discussions to develop strategies for effective leadership response to domestic violence, and best practices for domestic violence prevention. The seminar will be co-facilitated by Imam Mohamed Magid & Salma Abugideiri, offering their shared perspectives and their model of working together for both prevention and intervention.

For more information & to register, please contact Kathleen Taylor at kathleentaylor14@gmail.com
 

Couples Day: A Workshop on BuildingCouples Day: A Workshop on Building Healthy Marriages

October 29, 2011
Reston, VAop offered by Imam Mohamed Magid & Salma Abugideiri will provide couples with the Islamic perspective of a healthy marriage and several interactive exercises to get couples recharged. Couples will gain several tools for communication and conflict resolution, as well as gain better understanding of each other. Fee: $50 per couple includes breakfast, lunch, handouts. Childcare is available for an additional fee. Limited financial assistance is available.

For more information & to register, go to: http://www.qurtubainstitute.org/register.html

For questions, please email qurtuba@adamscenter.us


Gathering Community to Stop Domestic Violence at 48th ISNA Convention

July 1-4, 2011
Event Type:Booth at Convention
Venue: Booth # 812 in the ISNA Convention Bazaar
Rosemont Convention Center,
Rosemont, IL

Project Sakinah participated in the 48th Annual Convention of Islamic Society of North America through having a booth (# 812) in convention bazaar. Our presence at ISNA was a public relations success, conveying the message that the Community is Gathering to Stop Domestic Violence. This judgment is based on the reactions of some high-functioning people we met during the event.

Thousands of people passed by our booth in a prime location in the Bazaar, and we engaged as many as we could. We passed out literature. We talked to people about the issue of domestic violence, we talked about DV organizations and the work they are doing, we encouraged people to get involved, we filmed video statements about domestic violence, we encouraged people to take the online survey on Attitudes of Muslim Men and Women towards Domestic Violence.

Judging by the statements of various influential people that we engaged at the booth, we succeeded in communicating the message that the Muslim Community IS Gathering together to Stop Domestic Violence. The banner with all its logos made the statement eloquently and powerfully. Many people expressed gratitude and seemed genuinely happy and inspired to see us there. It is clear that we all gain strength by collaborating.

The list of our collaborators for ISNA booth includes several DV and community organizations: Peaceful Families Project, ISSA-USA, Turning Point for Women and Families, Sound Vision, Hamdard Center, Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence, Texas Muslim Women's Foundation, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, SEMAH, altmuslimah, Muslim Advocates Against Domestic Violence, and American Islamic Association.

Check out our pictures from this event


Healing and Empowerment: Violence, Healing and Empowerment: Violence, Women & Art

April 22, 2011
Event Type:Art Exhibition
Venue: Silver Spring Regional Center
One Veterans Place,
Silver Spring, MD

Project Sakinah is proud to be a sponsor of the first 2011 exhibit of Muslim Women in the Arts, "Healing and Empowerment: Violence, Women, & Art" on April 22, 2011.

The Keynote Speaker was Marta Sanchez, an accomplished Author, Artist, Activist & Sexual abuse survivor, originally from Panama, living in California. Marta uses art, poetry, music and story-telling in an extremely engaging way to describe the relevance of abuse, healing, victimization and empowerment to victims and non-victims.

While the topics of sexual violence and other forms of abuse upon women are slowly becoming less of a taboo to discuss on public platforms within Muslim communities, this event giving abused women voices through art was certainly the first of its kind in the Maryland area. Several Muslim artists participated in the event.  The audience was not limited to the Islamic faith only; instead, it was of all backgrounds for this is an issue relevant to everyone, and an act of social injustice that transcends any religion or group.

Project Sakinah's Community Liason, Naseema Shafi was there to introduce the project to the audience.

Check out our pictures from this event


IFSSA Connection, Canada

March 12, 2011
Event Type:
Venue: Edmonton, Canada

Project Sakinah visited the offices of the Islamic Family and Social Services Association in Edmonton, Canada on March 12, 2011. IFSSA serves as a food bank for Muslims and also provides Youth Development and Parent Education as well as Domestic Violence counseling and other services. PS managing director, Anas Coburn, suggested various ways PS might collaborate with IFSSA.


"Why Facebook Needs a Burka"

March 11, 2011
Event Type:Family Forum
Venue: Rehma Masjid, Edmonton, Canada

Managing director of Project Sakinah, Anas Coburn, delivered a presentation entitled "Why Facebook Needs a Burka" at a family night in the Rahma Masjid in Edmonton, CA, on March 11, 2011. The emphasis of this talk was on the ways in which social media impact character.


"Why Facebook Needs a Burka"

March 10, 2011
Event Type:Student Forum
Venue: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

On March 10, 2011, Anas Coburn, managing director of Project Skinah, gave a talk at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, CA, concerning the impact of internet use and social media on our behavior, psychology, and brains. This talk highlighted the ways in which use of social media to 'connect' with each other can leave us lonely and diminish our capacity to respond to intense interpersonal situations with empathy.


National Shura on Chaplaincy & Muslim Seminary / Best Practices

March 5, 2011
Event Type: Conference
Venue: Yale University, Boston

On march 5, 2011, Project Sakinah's managing director, Anas Coburn met with Muslim Imams and Chaplains at the National Shura on Chaplaincy & Muslim Seminary / Best Practices conferences held at Yale University. He advocated for social sciences curricula requiring competency in identifying mental health issues, family violence issues, and substance abuse issues in training programs for Imams and Chaplains. Many chaplains agree and strongly support this position. PS networked with a number of chaplains and others addressing the issue of Domestic Violence and Muslim Mental Health issues.


Columbus DV Prevention Team Launches

January 29, 2011
Event Type:Meeting
Venue: Hillard, OH

On January 29, 2011, local Muslim activists in Columbus, Ohio, met to launch a community initiative to stop family violence in central Ohio. As a kick start, they watched "Preventing Domestic Violence: The Close to Home Approach" DVD produced and provided by Project Sakinah. This presentation is used as an aid in helping them initiate a local circle working on issues impacting Muslim women. Project Sakinah's managing director, Anas Coburn, attended this meeting via phone and helped them in strategizing the efforts in their local community. This meeting was concluded with an action plan to raise more awareness against domestic violence on February 12, 2011, the second anniversary of Sr. Aasiya Zubair's death. PS also helped them prepare a fact sheet for Imams to help them make khutbas on DV throughout February.


Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

October 23, 2010
Event Type:Community Forum
Venue: Rhode Island, NY

On October 23, 2010, Project Sakinah's Managing Director Anas Coburn attended a Healthy Families, Healthy Communities event in Rhode Island, NY, and met with representatives from the "Healthy Families Initiative." Both organization agreed to work together to serve larger Muslim community.


Gathering Community to end Domestic Violence

October 17, 2010
Event Type:Community Forum
Venue: California State University
East Bay, Hayward, California

Heroic efforts are being made to minister to those who suffer from the impacts of abuse. Unfortunately, the needs often overwhelm available resources. What is a needed is a transformation of the community itself. We need a shift in context, from one of problems to one of possibilities, from one of scarcity to one of abundance, from one of fear to one of gifts. With that in mind, Project Sakinah gathered the community for an exploration of the possibility of a community without domestic violence. Participants engaged with those currently on the front lines in this struggle in our community.

The list of speakers included Aimee Thompson of Close to Home, Mohammad Rajabally of NISA, Imam Tahir Anwar of the South Bay Islamic Association, Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch of Lighthouse Mosque , Anas Coburn of Project Sakinah, Shenaaz Janmohamed of Muslim Advocates Against Violence (MAAV)

Please check out the videos

and photos of the event.

Muslim Advocates Against Violence (Muslim Advocates Against Violence (MAAV) Stategic Planning Retreat

July, 2010
Location: Annapolis, VA

Muslim Advocates Against Violence (MAAV) is a national network of advocates committed to ending gender-based violence across the lifespan of Muslim individuals and communities, and supporting the sustainability of communities that are free from all forms of oppression.t Sakinah sponsored a weekend long retreat to convene MAAV members to build trust and deepen relationships, establish core values, and create a strategic plan for a collectively decided amount of time.

This meeting was requested by MAAV. It was facilitated by Hilary Binder-Aviles, a seasoned facilitator with Mosaica: The Center for Nonprofit Development and Pluralism, based in Washington, D.C. Using an outside facilitator allowed full participation of all members.


Domestic Violence in the Muslim Community

December 13, 2009
Event Type:Webinar
Venue: www.altmuslimah.com

A virtual meeting about domestic violence was held on Altmuslimah.com on Sunday, December 13, 2009. It featured a video summary of the October forum together with a live chat, featuring both lay commentators and experts. There were 89 unique participants during the nearly 90 minuite event.

Two more web meetings are planned for 2010. Altmuslimah, Dar al Islam and our affiliates hope these will stimulate fresh perspectives and more frequent discussion on domestic violence in the Muslim community.


Voice To Action: Muslims Against Domestic Violence

October 17, 2009
Event Type:
Forum
Venue: 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Dar al Islam worked with altMuslimah, the Peaceful Families Project, and ISSA-USA, and Karamah to convene a forum bringing together those with expertise in addressing various aspects of domestic violence and concerned Muslims from among the media, religious organizations, community activists, students, and educators.

The major objectives of this forum were:

  • to share what has worked and what has not,
  • to identify barriers to change of attitudes and practice necessary to address the issue at the individual, community, institutional, and larger-systems levels of influence,
  • to identify best practices, and
  • to facilitate the articulation of a comprehensive vision for addressing domestic violence in our communities nationwide.

Attendance at the forum was by invitation. Participants were selected for invitation as the result of extensive discussion among Dar al Islam and its co-Sponsors. Videos of this forum have been posted on YouTube to engage the community at large. Please check out the videos, photographs and blog related to this event.

 

Blog

“In the Beginning”

One of my earliest childhood memories is the one where I wake up from sleep on my step uncle’s lap to find his finger inside of me. I can’t remember how old I was, I was definitely young enough to still be... More>>


   


Contact

Project Sakinah
Dar al Islam
P.O. Box 180
Abiquiu, NM  87510

703.531.8179