Mental Health Awareness Month Weekly Webinars

We are honored to partner with Khalil Center on presenting weekly webinars to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month.

Sunday, May 7 at 12pm Central/1pm Eastern Islamic Roots of Mental Health

Direct Link: Presenter: Dr. Rania Awaad Clinical Director – KC Bay Area, CA 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. Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 702 Email:

Sunday, May 14 at 12pm Central/1pm Eastern The Mind-Body Connection

Direct Link: Presenter: Mazen Atassi Holistic Health Counselor & Hakim Mazen Atassi is a holistic health counselor who focuses primarily on psychosomatic therapies working along the mind-body axis. This body-based modality works specifically with psychological trauma but ranges to applications in depression, anxiety and adjustment disorders, as well as general nervous system dysregulations. Mazen also offers consults regarding lifestyle variables, including nutrition, exercise and stress management, as well as educating clients on environmental and social toxins that are so pervasive in our modern, industrial culture. He has studied with the world-renowned healer Hakim Archuletta for several years and continues to study with him. He is also a Naturopathic Medical student and is a candidate for a doctoral degree from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois in 2018. Mazen received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University with a B.S in Biology and a minor in Chemistry and Islamic Studies in 2009, after which he spent more than two years in healthcare insurance sales working with a nationally-recognized, award-winning broker out of Northwest Indiana. Seeking broader shores, Mazen subsequently spent a couple of years traveling and studying Islam, spending the majority of his time in Amman, Jordan where he studied Arabic at the Qasid Institute and the sacred sciences with traditional teachers, receiving an ijaza license in Tajwid. Mazen has great passion for his work and insists that its reach is not restricted merely to within the therapeutic/clinical circles but also the greater community at large, specifically with the youth and young adults whose identities have been tampered with, confused and highly undervalued. He combines the knowledge of the principles of Hikmah and traditional Islamic cosmology with conventional medical training and a plethora of different tools to prepare and resource the community in an integrated, wholesome method in hopes to inspire them to reach their fullest potential as men and women, Muslims, and servants of God and His creation. Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 718

Sunday, May 21 at 12pm Central/1pm Eastern Pornography: Prevalence, Causes and Solutions

Direct Link: Presenter: AbdulAziz Syed Therapist

Sunday, May 28 at 12pm Central/1pm Eastern Waswasa: Islamic Manifestation of OCD

Direct Link: Presenter: Dr. Fahad Khan Deputy & Clinical Director 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. 1-855-5KHALIL Ext. 704