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*All listed times are for the eastern time zone (UTC -5)

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Day One – Friday, November 13, 2020

2:30pm – 3:00pm EST

Day One: Welcome, Qur’an Recitation, Introductions


Quran Reciter: Hamza Bilgic

3:00pm – 4:30pm EST

Keynote and Panel #1 – Perspectives from Muslim Physicians & Nurses


Dr. Wael Haddara – Keynote – “The Pandemic as a Mirror of Ourselves: Stories of Hope and Lessons for Change”

Dr. Nour Akhras – “The Covid19 pandemic: Focusing the Islamic lens of the Microscope on the American-Muslim Physician Experience”

Sisters Namarig Ahmed, RN, MN & Areej Ahmed, RN, MScN – “What COVID19 Can’t Take from Us”

Moderator: Dr. Ingrid Mattson

4:45pm – 5:15pm EST


Music: Istanbul Trio

5:15pm – 6:45pm EST

Panel #2 – When Crisis Hits the Community


Chaplain Khurram Ahmed, “EOL Care for Unrepresented Muslims: How COVID-19 Created a Tool for Beyond the Pandemic “

Chaplain Zubair Yousif, “Faith, Spiritual Care and the COVID 19 Pandemic: The Prison Chaplain Response”

Dr. Fatih Harpci, “Loving your Neighbor in the Age of the Pandemic”

Moderator: Imam Yasin Dwyer

6:45pm – 7:15pm EST


7:15pm – 8:45pm EST

Panel #3 – We are Sad & We Have Hope


Dr. Sulayman Sertkaya, “2020 The Year of Sorrow: Lessons and Coping Strategies from the Most Difficult Year of the Prophet’s Life”

Chaplain Samsiah Abdul-Majid, AMC, “In a state of hope…my son died, alone…”

Dr. Bilal Ansari, “Nobody Knows the Troubles I’ve Seen: A Lived Theology”

Moderator: Dr. Kameelah Mu’min Rashad

8:45pm EST

Closing Remarks and Salawat

Day Two – Saturday, November 14, 2020

8:45am – 9:00am EST

Qur’an Recitation and Opening


Quran Reciter: Mujesira Neimarlija

9:00am – 10:30am EST

Panel #4 – Theory & Practice


Dr. Muhammad Tahir, “Strategies for Pastoral and Spiritual Care during the Global Pandemic: An Islamic Theoretical Framework for Practical Application”

Alina Jabbari, “Contemplation as resilience: finding a balance between the individual and the communal”

Dr. Abdallah Rothman,Finding Center in the Heart of the Pandemic: Practical Tools from the Islamic Tradition for Building Resiliency in Times of Disruption and Trauma”

Moderator: Dr. Hakam Gok

10:30am – 11:00am EST


Music: Istanbul Trio

11:00am – 12:45pm EST

Panel #5 – Congregational Adaptations


Graduate Student & Exec. Dir. Center DC,  Lauren Schreiber, “Need Spiritual Care? “Join us Online”: A Case Study of Muslim Community Connection During COVID-19”

Dr. Mahmoud Abdallah, “When a Crisis Empties Mosques:  A Case Study of Germany and Austria’s response to Pastoral Care”

Doctoral Student Sanaa Khan and Hafiza Insha Khan, “Zoom Ramadan: Possibilities for Virtual Gathering in Post-Normal Times”

Hajja Ashaki Taha-Cisse: “Reflections from a Muslim Elder”

Moderator: Dr. Tamara Gray

12:45pm – 1:15pm EST


Music: UK Nasheed Group

1:15pm – 2:45pm EST

Panel #6 The Qur’an & Sunnah for Our Whole Selves


Researcher Samira Ibrahim, “Extracting and Contextualizing Leadership Values from the Quran during the Covid-19 Pandemic”

Dr. Nazila Isgandarova, “Praying and Celebrating in Times of Iztirar (Immediate Necessity): A Muslim Response to COVID-19”

Imam Abdul-Malik Merchant, “No Fear nor Grief: Differentiating Between Islamic Spiritual Gnosis and Spiritual Bypassing”

Moderator: Dr. Halim Calis

2:45pm – 3:15pm EST


Music: Istanbul Trio

3:15pm – 4:45pm EST

Panel #7 Spiritually-Grounded Mental Health Support


Dr. Yusra Ahmad, “Mindfully Muslim – An Islamic Mindfulness Group Therapy Program: A Resource for Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Dr. Salih Yucel, “An Islamic therapy: Fear reducing holistic approach (FERHA)”

Grad. Student Lara Dagamseh, “Talking to Children and Youth about God During COVID-19 Pandemic: Grounded by the Directions of the Quran and the Sunnah”

Moderator: Dr. Zulayha Colak

4:45pm – 5:00pm EST

Closing Remarks