Blessed Birthings: Spirituality & Fiqh of Pregnancy
July 16, 2022 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Join a female scholar, certified birth doula, and childbirth educator for this half-day Saturday workshop to learn Islamic insights on the spirituality and fiqh of pregnancy, labor, and afterbirth.
No matter where you plan to give birth: at home, a birth center, or a hospital, this mini-course is an invaluable tool to help you connect with your Creator through the unique and empowering experience of carrying and birthing your beautiful baby.
This is the first time Ustadha Shamira Chothia Ahmed has offered this workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area!
This course is open to all women 16 years+, pregnant, or those who want to learn more about this incredible journey of pregnancy and beyond.
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Saturday, July 16 | $45/in-person or virtually (women & teens ages 16+ only) | Register at mcceastbay.org/blessed
All sisters who register online will receive a private live stream link to view the event virtually if they cannot attend in person. The sisters may participate in person (highly recommended) or watch live from home. No babysitting is provided.
**Due to many pregnant sisters attending this workshop, masks are mandatory. Please wear your mask. The organizers also will space out seating.**
Sisters only. Here also is an unlisted link to Ustadha Shamira’s reflections on current events using a spiritual lens: tiny.cc/reflections
Ustadha Shamira Chothia Ahmed, MA, CBD, CLEC, is a certified birth doula, certified lactation counselor, childbirth educator, midwifery student, and mother of five.
The class will cover:
- – The high intentions of Lady Hannah (as), mother of Maryam (as)
- – The spiritually empowering birth of Maryam (as), the mother of Jesus (as)
- – All relevant Hanafi fiqh rulings related to pregnancy, labor, delivery, and post-partum
- – Islamic hygiene, prayer, fasting, intimacy
- – The Sunnah practices for newborns
- – A powerful dhikr tool to use during contractions to connect with your Lord
- – Du’as/Supplications
- – Positive, empowering birth stories
You can do it. Your body can do it. It is sacred. It is birth.
“The instructor was great mA! Very helpful, enthusiastic, and inspirational. I’ve never studied birth like this!” – Blessed Birthings’ Attendee
Get ready to learn, share, be inspired, and have fun!
MCC has a standing policy that financial need should not prevent a person from attaining spiritual knowledge offered at the community center. For a financial waiver, please complete this form: https://mcceastbay.org/scholarship
- – More sessions for Muslimahs: https://mcceastbay.org/women
- – More talks in conjunction with The Rahmah Foundation: https://mcceastbay.org/rahmah-foundation
About the Teacher:
*Ustadha Shamira Chothia Ahmed*
Born and raised in California’s Central Valley, Shamira is passionate about educating and empowering Muslim women to reach their highest spiritual potential through acquiring sacred knowledge.
After graduating as a Valedictorian from her large public high school, Shamira’s studies led her — following a brief soul-searching stint at Georgetown University — to seek sacred knowledge from scholars on three continents — Africa, Europe, and Asia.
After completing her intensive Alimah studies in South Africa and England and further studies in Damascus, Syria, Shamira received various licenses (ijazas) to teach the sacred sciences.
In 2005, Ustadha Shamira taught Hanafi fiqh to women at the Zaytuna Institute in California and, since then, has led various Islamic sciences in venues across North America. In 2008, she earned a Master’s Degree in Demographics and Social Analysis from the University of California at Irvine, focusing on the identity formation of the Muslim-American population.
In 2013, Ustadha Shamira specialized in the detailed rulings of menstruation, lochia, and abnormal discharge under the direction of Dr. Mufti Abdur Rahman Ibn Yusuf Mangera and assisted in compiling Imam Abu Hanifa’s Al-Fiqh al-Akbar Explained.
In 2008, she earned a Master’s in Demographics and Social Analysis from the University of California at Irvine.
Ustadha Shamira is a co-founder of The Rahmah Foundation and is currently a teacher for Nur Al-Iman, a full-time online shariah program teaching the fardh Al ayn and more to young women.
She is a passionate advocate for natural birth, infusing her natural birth classes with Islamic spirituality since 2009. She is also a certified lactation counselor, a virtual birth doula, and a birth consultant.
You can find Ustadha Shamira hiking, playing, or exploring with her husband and five children in sunny California.
“This was such an amazing class and I am grateful Allah SWT guided me toward it… I have left this class feeling so inspired.. this course gave me so much hope and reminded me of how compassionate and merciful Allah SWT is. I pray others benefit from this course as much as I did.” – FS
“I am a doula and childbirth educator and mother of three. I have appreciated sister Shamira’s class a lot, she has embedded this beautiful topic very well into our Islamic beliefs, with professional knowledge and skillful presentation, Mashallah. JazakAllahu khairan” – Livia
“This [class] is a MUST for every Muslim woman…”