On the Road to Sakinah
Women Support Groups is an initiative that our Columbus and Chicago branches have
implemented within their own circles. Though the name may be slightly misleading,
contrary to the obvious, these groups are not therapy sessions. They are merely
a sort of informal gathering where women can come together at a friend’s house for
some food, maybe a movie or desi drama (for the Aunties and cultured girls out there
who’d rather watch Humsafar than Gossip Girl). It is at these casual get togethers
that people feel most comfortable, and start discussing their problems over a cup
of coffee (or chai). Following the example of Close to Home, a project started in
small neighborhood in Boston, MA by Aimee Thompson, we hope that through these meetings,
we will be able to create a nurturing environment that makes it possible to break
the internal personal barriers that stop us from confiding our personal problems
to even the closest of friends.
We will eventually expand to Support Groups for Men as well, and also experiment
with the concept on a high school and college level.
Sheikh Kifah Mustapha talks about Domestic Violence!
Project Sakinah is urging all communities to get involved in helping to stop this
evil. One way you can assist in this ongoing struggle is by asking your local
Imams or mosque administrators to deliver a khutbah addressing the problem of domestic
violence within Muslim families. For examples on what kind of khutbahs can/should
be delivered, you can check out our
As always, we would love your feedback, so please keep us updated by posting on
Facebook when you make a request and also when your Imam does deliver a khutbah.
Let's TEAM UP and keep it rolling :)