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Hamza Bilgic

Quran reciter.

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Dr. Wael Haddara

 

Dr. Haddara is the Chair/Chief Critical Care for London Health Sciences Centre and the Site Chief of the UH Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU).

As a medical education researcher, Wael examines the writings of clinicians and researchers as a way of explaining their behavior and thoughts. In doing this work, Wael understands his duty as a researcher to be one who empowers educators to intimately know the internal lives of their students and the effect their teachings will have. In his work on interprofessional collaboration, for instance, he uncovers how two mutually exclusive notions—utilitarianism and emancipation—may complicate our ability to integrate IPC during a student’s education. Teasing out the inner logic behind fundamental concepts is at the core of Wael’s research; his new project on the rhetoric of altruism and professionalism will continue in this vein. Through his discourse analysis-based program of research, medical educators will have a better understanding of the foundation upon which competency-based education is to be built. Without this knowledge, contemporary medical educators risk witnessing the growth of competency-based curricula without purpose and grounding.

https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/ceri/people/bios/wael_haddara.html

Dr. Nour Akhras is a board certified pediatric infectious diseases physician. She was trained at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has participated in multiple medical missions to support Syrian refugees and displaced Yemenis who were victims of war. She has served on the boards of the Syrian American Medical Society Midwest chapter and MedGlobal. She lives in Chicago with her husband and four children. Dr. Nour Akhras is a board certified pediatric infectious diseases physician. She was trained at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has participated in multiple medical missions to support Syrian refugees and displaced Yemenis who were victims of war. She has served on the boards of the Syrian American Medical Society Midwest chapter and MedGlobal. She lives in Chicago with her husband and four children.

Dr. Nour Akhras

 

Dr. Nour Akhras is a board-certified pediatric infectious diseases physician who has been working at a free-standing Women and Children’s Hospital in the suburbs of Chicago for the last 8 years. Dr. Akhras was trained in pediatrics at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center and completed her fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a BA in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago and received her medical degree from Rush Medical College.

Dr. Akhras was trained in traditional Islamic sciences in Damascus, Syria and has her ijaza in tajwid through the late Shaykh Hasan al-Kurdi. She has contributed a chapter on Islamic bioethics to a book published by Yale University entitled What’s the Point? Clinical Reflections on Care that Seems Futile. She has served on the board of IMAN (Inner City Muslim Action Network), a grassroots organization that fosters transformational change in urban communities. She co-chaired IMAN’s youth group, Pillars, for many years. This 20-year old organization recently won the MacArthur Foundation Grant for its commitment to Chicago.

Dr. Akhras has participated in multiple medical missions to support Syrian refugees and displaced war victims in Yemen. She has served on the boards of the Syrian American Medical Society Midwest chapter and MedGlobal. In 2012, she was awarded the Muslim Women’s Alliance “Inspiring Muslim Woman” award for her work on the exploratory mission to the volatile Syrian-Turkish border. In 2019, she was awarded MedGlobal’s “Hero” award for her work on the NGO’s maiden medical mission to Yemen. She has advocated for the rights of refugees by authoring op-eds in newspapers like USA Today and the Chicago Sun-Times and through speaking engagements including presenting at Washington DC’s National Press Club on the effects the violence of the Syrian war has had on the lives of Syrian women. She has been interviewed by news agencies such as CNN, CBS and NPR regarding her work.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and four children.

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Namarig Ahmed

 

Namarig Ahmed is a Registered Nurse who has completed her Master’s in Nursing at Ryerson University. Namarig’s professional experience spans mental health, chronic disease management, palliative care and sexual assault and domestic care.  Throughout her nursing journey, Namarig has maintained an interest in creative modalities in providing humanistic, holistic and spiritual nursing care in her various roles. Namarig is currently working with a marginalised community in Toronto offering mental health and addictions services to Black youth and their families. Namarig is the co-author of “WHAT COVID-19 CAN’T TAKE FROM US: Stories from Inspiring Leaders“, which can be found on amazon here.

 

Website: www.wanasah.ca

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Areej Ahmed

 

Areej Ahmed is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s of Science in Nursing with Honors-Clinical Focus.  She is experienced working in Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Acute Coronary Care, Neurovascular, Pre-hospital EMS, and Geriatric Care. Areej is skilled in Nursing Education (for both Healthcare industry and Educational institutions), Coaching, Lecturing and Entrepreneurship. Areej is the founder of Safe Mind, Safe Body an organization offering interactive and evidence based workshops on Health and Safety. Areej is the co-author of “WHAT COVID-19 CAN’T TAKE FROM US: Stories from Inspiring Leaders“, which can be found on amazon here.

 

Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/areejrn/

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Chaplain Khurram Ahmed

 

Chaplain Khurram Ahmed serves as a community and crisis chaplain in Central Ohio. His training and professional engagement in healthcare chaplaincy has taken him across major health systems in Los Angeles, CA, Columbus, OH, and Stony Brook, NY. Khurram holds an M.Div. in Islamic Chaplaincy from Bayan Islamic Graduate School, and ecclesiastical endorsement through the Islamic Society of North America.
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Chaplain Zubair Yousif

 

Imam Zubair Yousif is an Assistant Principal Researcher at ILM Foundation Institute of Los Angeles, California and recently graduated from Hartford Seminary, Connecticut with a Graduate Certificate in Muslim Community Leadership. Previously, he obtained an MA in Islamic Studies from The Islamic College/ Middlesex University, London. He has published with Islamic Writings; the Student Journal of The Islamic College, London. Currently, Imam Zubair Yousif is a chaplain with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Before migrating to the US, he had practiced as a journalist in Ghana in both the print and electronic media after graduating from the Ghana Institute of Journalism in Public Relations and Advertising. Imam Zubair has extensive experience with Muslim inmates having been working with them in California, Mississippi, New York, and New Jersey. His area of interest includes conflict resolution within the purview of religious extremism and pastoral counseling of inmates to reduce recidivism.

Fatih Harpci, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Religion at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Prof. Harpci's major research areas include interpretation of the Qur'an, Islamic history, Islamic eschatology, and Christian-Muslim understanding. He has been a frequent presenter in congregations and community groups on Islam as well as on Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue.

Dr. Fatih Harpci

 

Fatih Harpci, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Religion at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Prof. Harpci’s major research areas include interpretation of the Qur’an, Islamic history, Islamic eschatology, and Christian-Muslim understanding. He has been a frequent presenter in congregations and community groups on Islam as well as on Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue.

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Imam Yasin Dwyer

 

Yasin Dwyer is the executive director of Muslim Chaplaincy of Toronto. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Jamaican parents. Before joining Muslim Chaplaincy of Toronto, Yasin was a part of the multi-faith chaplaincy team at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He has lectured extensively on topics such as religion and the arts, Black Canadian culture and the history of Muslims in the West. Along with working alongside many non-profit organizations in Canada, Yasin was the first full-time Muslim chaplain to work with the Correctional Service of Canada, a position he held for 11 years. He is also a board member of the Montreal based Institut Route de la Soie/Silk Road Institute, which is dedicated to expressing Canadian Muslim narratives through the visual, auditory and performing arts.

Dr Suleyman Sertkaya, Lecturer and Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University, (CISAC, Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation) Melbourne-AUSTRALIA Suleyman Sertkaya graduated from the School of Divinity at University of Marmara, Istanbul. He pursued his MA in the Tafsir (exegesis) discipline of Islamic sciences, with a particular focus on the exegesis of the Qur’an. Suleyman completed his PhD thesis at Australian Catholic University on the Sīrah Genre. He is currently a lecturer at Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University. His major interests are Sīrah (Biography of the Prophet Muhammad), Sīrah Philosophy, Exegesis of the Qur’an, Hadith (Prophetic Tradition), Interpretation of Islamic Sacred Texts, Islamic Theology, Radicalisation and Islam, Islam and Morality and Interfaith Dialogue, History of Islam and Muslims in Australia. ssertkaya@csu.edu.au

Dr. Sulayman Sertkaya

 

Dr. Suleyman Sertkaya is a lecturer and research fellow at Charles Sturt University (CISAC, Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation) in Melbourne, Australia. Graduated from the School of Divinity at University of Marmara, Istanbul. He pursued his MA in the Tafsir (exegesis) discipline of Islamic sciences, with a particular focus on the exegesis of the Qur’an. Suleyman completed his PhD thesis at Australian Catholic University on the Sīrah Genre. He is currently a lecturer at Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University. His major interests are Sīrah (Biography of the Prophet Muhammad), Sīrah Philosophy, Exegesis of the Qur’an, Hadith (Prophetic Tradition), Interpretation of Islamic Sacred Texts, Islamic Theology, Radicalisation and Islam, Islam and Morality and Interfaith Dialogue, History of Islam and Muslims in Australia.

ssertkaya@csu.edu.au

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Chaplain Samsiah Abdul-Majid

 

Chaplain Samsiah Abdul-Majid is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC)-Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI) with endorsement by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).  She serves in palliative care at a medical center in Westchester, NY. Chaplaincy, her spiritual calling, is a natural continuum of the ideals of the United Nations where she worked previously. A former board member of the Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC), she continues to serve it as co-investigator in two joint research initiatives of AMC and Boston University school of medicine: the first mapping survey of Muslim chaplains in the US <https://associationofmuslimchaplains.org/islamic-chaplaincy-in-america/> and a qualitative interview study of US Muslim healthcare chaplains. Chaplain Samsiah holds an MA in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, and Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy, both from Hartford Seminary, CT, and an MBA from Assumption University, Thailand.  She is grandmother to a joyous 3-year old.

Imam Dr. Bilal Ansari is Director of Campus Engagement at Williams College and Co-Director of Islamic Chaplaincy at Hartford Seminary and Faculty Associate in Muslim Pastoral Theology. Dr. Ansari believes in the notion of shepherding as a Muslim form of institutional leadership. His scholarship and activism includes serving on the Institute of Muslim Mental Health, Professional Advisory Committee and work in the field of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Imam Dr. Bilal W. Ansari is a 2011 graduate of Hartford Seminary where he completed his M.Div. equivalency and 2019 graduate of Pacific School of Religion where he received the Doctor of Ministry degree with distinction upon submission of the dissertation entitled, “Shepherding as Islamic Pastoral Theology: Case Studies in American Muslim Chaplaincy.” Dr. Ansari has worked as a chaplain in military, correctional, hospital and educational settings. Dr. Ansari was the first Muslim chaplain at Williams College and Assistant Director of the Center of Learning in Action. Dr. Ansari served as Dean of Student Services and Director of Student Life while Zaytuna College was going through initial accreditation.

Dr. Bilal Ansari

 

Imam Dr. Bilal W. Ansari is a 2011 graduate of Hartford Seminary where he completed both the masters and graduate certificate in Islamic chaplaincy. In 2019 he graduated from the Pacific School of Religion Doctor of Ministry degree program with distinction upon submission of the dissertation entitled, “Shepherding as Islamic Pastoral Theology: Case Studies in American Muslim Chaplaincy..”

Dr. Ansari began his chaplaincy experience volunteering on two military bases in San Diego, the navy and marines, from 1994 to 1997. Dr. Ansari than began working as a professional correctional chaplain for the State of Connecticut from 1997 until 2009. Then he worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons from 2009 to 2011. Dr. Ansari completed his clinical pastoral education at St. Francis Hospital then served on its Professional Advisory Committee and the University of California San Francisco Advisory Committee between 2009-Current. Dr. Ansari served as Dean of Students and Director of Student Life at Zaytuna Colleges from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Ansari was the first Muslim chaplain at Williams College and now serves as Assistant Vice President for Campus Engagement. In addition, Dr. Ansari is now Co-Director of Islamic Chaplaincy at Hartford Seminary and Faculty Associate in Muslim Pastoral Theology. Dr. Ansari believes in the notion of shepherding as a Muslim form of institutional leadership. His scholarship and activism include serving on the Institute of Muslim Mental Health, St. Francis Hospital Professional Advisory Committee, and work in the field of Diversity Equity and Inclusion in his hometown of Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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Dr. Kameelah Mu’min Rashad

 

Dr. Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad is the Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF) and the founding co-Director of the National Black Muslim COVID Coalition, an initiative launched in collaboration with Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative to address need for effective planning, preparedness and organizing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Rashad, who previously served as University of Pennsylvania’s Muslim chaplain, now serves as the Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness and Social Justice and advises the Black Muslim student organization. Dr. Rashad’s clinical and research areas of interest include: diversity, religious identity and multicultural issues in counseling, healing justice and faith based activism, racial trauma and healing, identity and emerging adulthood, psychological impact of anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Blackness, and Black Muslim intersectional invisibility. Dr. Rashad has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the International Institute for Restorative Practices, and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.