2018 Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders (DREL) Fellowship Program
(l:r): Muktaru Jalloh, Amena El-Amin, Sirad Hassan, Kenya Shakir, Faduma Warsame, Anwar Hussein
PROMOTING HEALING & WELL-BEING THROUGH DIALOGUE, EDUCATION & TRAINING
Welcome to Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF). Our core mission is to reduce stigma and promote healing in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education and training. We envision 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 order to achieve this goal, we have adopted an interdisciplinary approach which addresses mental health challenges using a spiritually relevant community-based public health framework. This approach recognizes the negative impact of stressors such as poverty, oppression, anti-Black racism, and anti-Muslim bigotry which lead to diminished well being. We invite YOU to join US on this journey of healing and health!
What We Do: Projects & Initiatives
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING
DEEPLY ROOTED PROJECT & FELLOWSHIP
UPCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.”
-Carter G Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro
The dialogue at the 2019 Black Muslim Psychology Conference will explore the impact of internalized oppression, notions of Black inferiority and assumptions of Islamic inauthenticity on identity, well-being and development of Black/African Muslims in the United States. We will celebrate the storied legacy and influence of Black/African Muslim educational institutions, from the world renown University of Sankore, of Mali West Africa to Muhammad University of Islam, Chicago, IL.
We will engage in conversation with spiritual leaders and religious scholars, children’s authors, sociologists, psychologists, lawyers, curriculum designers and homeschoolers, anthropologists, educators and principals to wrestle with the question of race and religion in education, scholarship, identity, socialization, and psychological well-being. We hope you will join us on this journey of self-discovery and empowerment.
TOOLKITS & RESOURCES
On Friday March 15, 2019 many of us woke up to the incredibly devastating news of the mass shootings at Masjid Al-Noor and Linwood Avenue mosques in ChristChurch New Zealand. This tragedy occurred during Jumuah prayer. We acknowledge the depth and severity of this painful moment as the community of Muslims around the world grieves over this shocking tragedy. In the wake of these calamitous events, many are feeling a range and mix of overwhelming emotions - from anger, confusion and numbness - to grief, sadness, and utter devastation. It is important that we create a space in which we can begin to process the emotional impact of what has occurred and how to cope effectively moving forward. Muslim Wellness Foundation is committed to offering information and resources for those who are seeking support at this most difficult time. We pray that this toolkit of resources is of benefit to the community and helps facilitate further conversations on faith, wellness and collective healing.
We encourage everyone to make dua/prayer for the loved ones and community members directly affected. May Allah (swt) shower his mercy on the Believers and ease the suffering of hurting hearts and minds. May Allah give us the strength and patience to remain steadfast in the face of this violence.
May Allah make it easy. Ameen.