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From the Desert to the Metropolis

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20-22 Creffield Road

Ealing

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This innovative and reflective event begins with Out of Africa, a scriptural study of the story of Hajar led by Sheikha Halima Krausen. There will be opportunity for discussion, debate and reflection.

The second part of the day is Black Muslim Women Speak Out with Zahrah Awaleh, Saraiyah Bah, Ariba Hussein and Halimat Shode. All these incredible speakers will speak about their personal and professional experiences as Black Muslim women and the challenges they have faced.

Some of the issues that may be spoken of are; why are there so few Black Muslim women have positions of leadership and recognition within our communities? Why are so few Black Muslim female scholars known or popular given their long histories with Islam? How is the US different in their approach in comparison to the UK. Also the positive contributions of the Black Muslim women will be explored. These are some of the areas that my be touched on but the participants are welcome to bring other facets to the discussions.

There will also be embodied yoga, breath work and movement with dance led by a qualified yoga teacher, Zahrah which will be integrated throughout the day for all the particpants.

A light lunch will be included but feel free to bring something to share if you wish.

Numbers are limited to 30 max.

Concessions available, any queries please email Sobia on sobiaraz@yahoo.co.uk.

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Zahrah Awaleh is a Chaplain at UCLH NHS Trust where she support patients, families, and staff with pastoral and spiritual care. She is a qualified yoga teacher and teaches yoga to people living with cancer and red blood disorders at UCLH Macmillan Cancer Centre. She also teaches Well Woman Yoga and Teen Yoga for Girls in Ilford where she lives, mainly to those from BAME communities.to widen access to the benefits of yoga for all. She has a BA in Arabic and MA in Islamic Studies from SOAS, University of London. Her MA dissertation is entitled 'Sexual Etiquette in Islam: The Question of FGM in Islam' in which she argues that FGM is entirely antithetical to Islamic and Qur'anic ethics. Zahrah still enjoys writing and blogs on Facebook under the hashtag #TalesFromDeepMotherhood about the challenges of motherhood, womanhood, health, social justice, and politics. You can find out more about her yoga classes on facebook.com/zahrahawalehyogateacher

Saraiya Bah is a London based poet and writer who draws on the traditional West African storytelling style of the griot to wax lyrically about identity, faith, the relationship with self and everything in between. She has shared her words on multimedia platforms including The Islam Channel and British Muslim TV, had her work featured in an art exhibition that was dubbed “beautiful, bold and brave” by Dazed.com, cited as an up and coming Spoken Word artist to look out for on The Huffington Post website and regularly recites her poetry around The UK.

Abira Hussein is a Transforming Archive trainee, led by the National Archive in collaboration with the London Metropolitan Archives.She also currently undertaking a research residency with the British Library exploring their digitised collections, and is currently completing an MRes in Clinical Research at Imperial College. Currently working on Healing Through Archives, a Somali digital archive project, exploring heritage, migration and health. And how inequalities in access lead to poor outcomes for refugee and migrant communities.

Halimat Shode (TBC) Black Muslim Times

Azeezat Johnson (TBC) Lecturer at Queen Mary University


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