The Art of Marriage Conference | Fostering Love & Mercy @ MCC East Bay, San Jose [11 August]

The Art of Marriage Conference | Fostering Love & Mercy

10:00 - 19:00

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MCC East Bay
5724 W Las Positas Blvd Ste 300, Pleasanton, California 94588
Join us for an in-depth exploration of the multiple facets of marriage designed to equip Muslims with enhanced relationship skills and strategies. Topics covered will include: selecting a spouse, intimacy, communication, in-laws, gender roles, fiqh of marriage and more.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Saturday, Aug. 11 | MCC Conference Room

$30/student, $49/person — $75/couple | Lunch and refreshments included | Babysitting for 2+ for $6 | Limited space

Optional relationship check-up available for couples wanting to uncover areas of strengths and weakness in their marriage.

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Conference Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Medaim Yanık
Dr. Yanık began his medical education at Istanbul Medical Faculty, in 1987. He completed his psychiatry residency at Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty, in 2000. Between the years 2005 and 2009, he was Chief Clinician at Bakırköy Prof. Dr. Mazhar Osman Mental Health and Neurological Diseases Education and Research Hospital. During this period, he also carried a leading role in the transition of electro-convulsive therapy from unmodified to modified, not only at Bakırköy, but also at other mental health institutions. He was also the Mental Health Advisor of the Ministry of Health at the time, where he worked on the “Compilation of the Mental Health Action Plan”, “The Transition to the Community Based Mental Health Model”, “The Improvement of Psychiatric Hospitals” and “The Architecture of Psychiatric Hospitals”. Between the years 2009 and 2015, he was the founding academic member of the Psychology Department of Istanbul Şehir University. Currently, he is at the Psychology Department of The Ibn Haldun University

He completed his dissertation on traumatic experiences of childhood and recovered memory. Psychotherapy for DID patients, is an area he has specialized in. He also studying about family and couple relationships especially about “marriage enhancement program”.

He has 25 articles that have been published in international journals, and 21 articles that have been published in national journals.

Ustadha Dr. Rania Awaad
Raised in the U.S., Ustadha Rania Awaad began her formal study of the traditional Islamic sciences when her parents permitted her to travel to Damascus, Syria at the age of 14. Her desire to continue studying the Deen resulted in multiple trips back to Damascus, interspersed between her high school, college and medical studies. She was honored to receive Ijaazah (authorization to teach) several branches of the Shari’ah sciences at the hands of many renowned scholars, including many female scholars. She has received Ijaazah to teach Tajwid in both the Hafs and Warsh recitations from the late eminent Syrian scholar, Shaykh Abu Hassan al-Kurdi. In addition to completing several advanced texts of the Shafi’i madhhab, she is licensed to teach texts of Maliki fiqh, Adab and Ihsan.

Currently, Ustadha Rania teaches online and local classes for The Rahmah Foundation, Rabata, and is on faculty of Zaytuna College where she teaches courses in Shafi’i fiqh, women’s issues in fiqh, and has helped develop and co-direct the Tajweed and Hifz progam.

Ustadha Rania also a medical doctor with a specialty in Psychiatry. She completed her Psychiatric residency and fellowship training at Stanford University where she is currently on the faculty as a Clinical Instructor in the Stanford Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department. Her medical interests include addressing mental health care concerns in the Muslim community- particularly that of Muslim women and girls. She has been awarded grants from the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) to conduct research on this topic and has presented her findings at several medical conferences. Other on-going endeavors include the compilation of manuscripts addressing female-related mental health and medical issues from a fiqh-oriented perspective. She currently serves as the Director of the Rahmah Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching Muslim women and girls traditional Islamic knowledge. In this capacity she also heads the Murbbiyah Mentoring Program which trains young women how to teach and mentor Muslim girls and teens. Ustadha Rania is both a wife and a mother; she has been counseling and teaching women classes on Tajwid, Shafi’i Fiqh, Ihsan, marriage and raising children since 1999.

Shaykh Rami Nsour
Shaykh Rami serves as currently serves as religious consultant to Khalil Center Bay Area, where he specializes in applying Islamic law and ethics to mental health concerns within the center. Additionally, Shaykh Rami is the founding director of Tayba institute that focuses on providing Islamic education to those who are incarcerated.

Rami Nsour was born in Amman, Jordan and moved to the United States at the age of 9. During his college years, he attended Zaytuna classes taught by teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area, notably, Shaykh Khatri bin Bayba, Shaykh Abdullah bin Ahmedna and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. With their encouragement, Rami embarked on a journey to study at the well acclaimed mahdara (college) of Shaykh Murabit al Hajj bin Fahfu in Mauritania in 1998. There, he was blessed with deep studies with beloved and respected teachers such as Murabit Muhammad al-Amin bin al-Shaykh, Murabit Ahmed Fal bin Ahmedna, Shaykh Abdullah bin Ahmedna, Shaykh Tahir ibn Murabit al Hajj and Shaykh Sa’d Bu among others. Rami completed studies in the various subjects of Qu’ran, ‘Aqeedah (Belief), Fiqh (Law), Nahu (grammar), Ihsan (spiritual purification), and adab (manners) and received traditional teaching license (ijaza) to transmit what he learned. Within the area of Fiqh, he also completed the final text of Maliki fiqh, Mukhtasar Khalil, with memorization and has been granted permission by his shuyukh to teach.

In addition to his extensive study of fiqh, he was afforded the unique opportunity to attend one-on-one sessions with his teachers where he would engage them in countless hours of discussion on the application of fiqh in general and specifically for those living in the West. He was also afforded the opportunity to learn practical applications of Islamic law (fiqh) during an extraordinary ‘in-residence’ experience.

Rami has translated traditional Islamic texts from Arabic to English, including various works on Maliki fiqh and several works of the great Mauritanian scholar, Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud. Rami has dedicated much of his time in teaching, conducting seminars and counseling. He eventually co-founded the Tayba Foundation, which is currently the only organization offering a distance learning program in Islamic Education to incarcerated men and women. In addition to traditional teaching licenses (ijazah), Rami holds a B.A. in Human Development with a focus on Early Childhood. Rami resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, is married and has two children.

Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari
Mawlana Bilal is currently a religious consultant and president of the board of directors at Khalil Center. At Khalil Center, he specializes in mental illness and Islamic law, he is actively involved in the instruction and formulation of research projects related to Islamically integrated psychology. Additionally, he is the chair of the department of Hadith at Darul Qasim.

Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari received his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL in Computer Engineering and received his Bachelors diploma from National-Louis University in Lisle, IL in the field of Applied Behavioral Sciences. His Islamic education began at Jāmiʿat al-Ḥasanayn in Faisalabad, Pakistan, a pioneering seminary founded by the renowned orator and scholar, Mawlana Tariq Jameel, where he studied the foundational Islamic sciences with erudite scholars like Mawlana ʿUbayd Allāh, Shaykh Ramzī al-Ḥabīb al-Tūnisī, and Mufti Aḥmad ʿAlī.

Mawlana Bilal completed his formal dars niẓāmī studies (equivalent Masters degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies) at the Jāmiʿat Dār al-ʿUlūm in Karachi, where he studied the canonical hadith collections with Mufti Muḥammad Taqī al-ʿUthmānī, Mufti Muḥammad Rafīʿ al-ʿUthmāni, Muftī Maḥmūd Ashraf al-ʿUthmāni, Mufti ʿAbd al-Raʿūf al-Sikharwī, and Mawlana Iftikhār Aḥmad al-Aʿzamī. Mawlana Bilal subsequently enrolled in a specialization course in Hadith and studied under ‘Allamah Dr. Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Ḥalīm al-Nuʿmānī (al-Chishtī).

Mawlana Bilal has ijāzahs in hadith from the most senior generation of hadith masters in Pakistan, namely Mawlana ʿAbd al-Halīm al-Nuʿmānī, Mawlana Salīm Allāh Khān, Mawlana Sarfarāz Khān Ṣafdar, Mawlana ʿAbd al-Ḥamīḍ al-Sawātī, and Mawlana Khān Muḥammad — students of Shaykh al-Islam Ḥusayn Aḥmad al-Madanī and Mawlana Fakhr al-Ḥasan al-Murādabādī (may Allah have mercy on them). He has since continued his studies in various fields, including discursive theology (kalām), Islamic jurisprudence (uṣūl al-fiqh), and Islamic philosophy under Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia at Darul Qasim. His other research interests include Hadith, Ḥanafī law, Education and curriculum development, and Islamic Bioethics.

Dr. Hooman Keshavarzi
Hooman Keshavarzi is a Licensed Psychotherapist in Illinois, completed his Psy.D (to be conferred), holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology and a Bachelors of Science – specialist psychology track/minor in Islamic Studies. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Argosy University Chicago, American Islamic College, Hartford Seminary, instructor of psychology at Islamic Online University and founding director of Khalil Center – the first Islamically oriented professional community mental wellness center and largest provider of Muslim mental healthcare in the US. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the Global Health Center, conducting research on topics related to Muslims and Mental Health. Hooman Keshavarzi is an international public speaker and trainer currently serving as a Clinical supervisor of graduate students of clinical psychology at the Village of Hoffman Estates (DHS). He also delivers seminars on specialized topics around multiculturalism and psychology.

Hooman Keshavarzi has also authored several published academic papers in recognized peer-reviewed journals on integrating Islamic spirituality into modern psychological practice.

In addition to his academic training, Hooman Keshavarzi has studied Islamic theology both formally and informally. He is a student of Shaykh Muhammad Zakariya from Toronto, Canada, where he attended his hadith and spiritual discourses for a number of years. After moving to Chicago, he studied informally with Shaykh Azeemuddin Ahmed enrolling in Darussalam Academy for 4 years. During this time he also did some specialized coursework with Shaykh Amin Kholwadia in Islamic counseling. He then transferred to Darul Qasim where he is continuing his higher Islamic education.

Dr. Fahad Khan
Dr. Fahad Khan has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences. He is also a Hafiz of the Qur’an (having committed the entire Qur’an to memory) and has studied Islamic studies with various scholars in the Muslim world and the US. He is currently a student at Darul Qasim continuing his Arabic and Islamic studies under the supervision of Sh. Amin Kholwadia. He is a faculty member at Concordia University Chicago and College of DuPage. He has conducted research studies on help-seeking attitudes of Muslim Americans as well as the effects of Acculturation & Religiosity on Psychological Distress. The primary focus of his clinical training has been with children and adolescents suffering from serious mental illnesses. However, he has had a broad range of experiences dealing with individuals from all age groups and cultural backgrounds.

Saha Jamshed
Saha has received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis in Psychology and a minor in Comparative Religion. Later, she earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Southern California. She worked at John George Psychiatric Hospital for 1 year where she completed her clinical hours and gained a variety of experience working in the ER setting. Simultaneously, Saha has been working at NISA, a Muslim domestic violence organization for over 10 years where she provides counseling and case management for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Saha utilizes a multitude of therapeutic intervention modalities based on the needs of the client including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy and stress management.

Heba El-Haddad
Heba has received her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in Psychology of Social Science, later earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She worked at OMID Multicultural Institute for Development, a mental health institute for 3 years, where she completed her practicum hours and gained a variety of experience working with the Muslim population from different ethnicities and backgrounds. Simultaneously, she worked at the Anaheim Family Justice Center through New Star Family Center in Anaheim with law enforcement, counseling victims of domestic violence and abuse. She also served as a case manager for ICNA’s first Transitional home and shelter for Muslim women in Southern California. Heba is an affiliate of the Stanford Muslim Mental Health Lab which focuses on providing resources for clinicians, researchers and community leaders working with the Muslim population. Believing that prevention is superior to intervention, Heba has worked on promoting awareness on a wide spectrum of topics ranging from anxiety to stress management through seminars, workshops, and lectures and believes that psychoeducation has the ability to empower and transform communities, not just individuals. Heba perceives learning to be a never-ending process and is continuously seeking to further her self-development in all aspects.
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