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For sisters & children only: Join us for an informal discussion with Ustadha Hosai Mojaddidi and Wasilah Connections Executive Director Sanaa Subhani on the taboo of divorce in the Muslim community, the struggles sisters face, and ways to move forward and grow.

12:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. | Sunday, July 31 | MCC Conference Room (in person only; no virtual option) | Free | RSVP at https://mcceastbay.org/connect

Sponsored by Wasilah Connections & MCC East Bay. We will have refreshments and snacks at the event.

Questions? events@mcceastbay.org

Wasilah Connections’ mission is to provide holistic support for individuals facing mental, emotional, financial, and personal challenges by, building, facilitating, and connecting individuals to resources to strategically provide short and long-term solutions to overcome their challenges. Learn more at https://wasilahconnect.org

Ustadha Hosai is the co-founder of MH4M (http://mentalhealth4muslims.com) which was established in 2010. For nearly 20 years, she has been actively involved in the Muslim community in the Bay Area and southern California working and volunteering for many notable organizations. Learn more about her at http://hosaimojaddidi.com

Ustadha Hosai Mojaddidi was born in Afghanistan and moved to the United States with her family at age two. She credits her Islamic journey to the year 1996 when she began attending Islamic classes in Hayward, California. These classes were taught by her teacher and mentor since then; Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.

One of her main areas of focus is to help create a strong sisterhood for the women in the community by leading halaqas (spiritual study circles) and support groups whilst offering individual spiritual counseling and mentoring. She noted that many of the spiritual problems encountered were actually reflective of the deep and complicated mental health issues of the community and would be better served by focusing on mental health. Thus, along with her cousin Dr. Nafisa Sekandari, they co-founded a website called Mental Health 4 Muslims (www.mentalhealth4muslims.com). Ustadha Hosai is also a freelance writer and editor and lectures on various Islamic/spiritual topics.

Sanaa Subhani holds a Masters in Social Work and a bachelor in Human Development. She has served in the mental health field since 2007 holding multiple roles from Residential counselor for emotionally disturbed girls, Activity Coordinator for Developmentally Disabled Adults, Recovery Counselor for a Substance Abuse recovery home, ABA Therapist, and Medical Social Worker, to currently a Clinical Case Manager and a Crisis Specialist.

Her internships consist of working with the low-income, homeless population in single resident occupancy (SRO) home and as a Clinical Therapist for a school with a behavioral and emotionally challenged population. Her volunteer work consists of being a minority affairs officer on her Community College Student body of government, and as a Northern California Events Coordinator for MSA WEST.

Sanaa continues to work with the community on an ongoing basis helping all those in need. She has initiated support groups and is consistently networking with like-minded individuals to create resources and programs that cater to the needs of the community.