Family Feud: Building Healthy Families | Game & Parenting Panel

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Join the community to play a super exciting game where we learn all about relationships between our parents and youth.

Afterwards, we will have a post-game chat about strengthening family and give our youth tips on fulfilling the rights of their parents. The panel will have Dr. Rania Awaad, Shaykh Rami Nsour, and Heba El-Haddad.

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Family Feud
8 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Panel About Strengthening Family & Excellence with Parents

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Fri., Feb. 23 | Free Babysitting | No registration required

Box dinners available for sale in Banquet Hall starting at 6:30 p.m.

This event is organized by MCC East Bay and the Khalil Center.

All Friday evening youth halaqas in Navigators and Rahmah will join us as well as Dr. Rania Awaad’s Friday evening women’s halaqa.

Ustadha Rania Awaad, MD, Clinical Director – Khalil Center, 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.

Shaykh Rami Nsour
“The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “People are ores like the ores of gold and silver. The best of them in jahiliyya are the best of them in Islam if they gain fiqh (understanding).” We should not see in ourselves and others what is immediately apparent, but rather look for the potential that can be attained. This potential is unlocked through knowledge of Islam.” Rami Nsour was born in Amman, Jordan and moved to the United States at the age of 9. During his college years, he attended classes taught by shuyukh 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 Mauritania in 1998.In Mauritania, he studied with some of the greatest scholars of our times such as his foremost, Shaykh Murabit al Hajj bin Fahfu. He was also blessed to study with 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 subjects of Qu’ran, ‘Aqeedah (Belief), Fiqh (Law), Nahu (grammar), Ihsan (spiritual purification), and adab (manners). He has 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. After spending 4 years in Mauritania, he spent another 4 years with Shaykh Saleck bin Sidine, a visiting scholar from Mauritania at the Zaytuna Institute. He lived with Shaykh Saleck and was again afforded the opportunity to learn practical applications of fiqh during this extraordinary ‘in-residence’ experience. Rami has translated traditional Islamic texts from Arabic including various works on Maliki fiqh and several works of the great Mauritanian scholar, Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud, including Birr al-Walidayan (The Rights of Parents), Ishraq al-Qarar (The Spiritual Aspects of Prayer), and the Adab of Sadaqa. He has also translated a versified version of Adab of the Student entitled Iya’ant al Mutafahim (The Assistance of the Student) by Shaykh Muhammad al Hasan as well as the original Taleem al Muta’llim by Shaykh Zarnuji. In addition, Rami has dedicated much of his time in teaching, conducting seminars and counseling. He has spent a great deal of his time teaching and aiding Muslims in prison and has seen how knowledge unlocks the human potential. His students in the prisons have in turn taught countless people and invited many people to Islam. He was instrumental in co-founding Dar as-Salaam, a project dedicated to building and supporting a school in Mauritania.Shaykh Rami serves as Senior Instructor at SeekersHub Global. Rami is the co-founder of the Tayba Foundation which has a correspondence program for Muslim inmates ( 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.

Heba el-Haddad, Therapist
Heba has received her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in Psychology of Social Sciences, 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 wide variety of experience working with the Muslim population from various 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 provided case management and therapy for ICNA’s first Transitional home and shelter serving Muslim women in Southern California. Heba provides therapy for diverse populations of clients at the Khalil Center and is a mental health instructor for Kaiser Permanente. She 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 broad spectrum of topics ranging from depression 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.