The following are a selection of some of our speakers who are available nationally. We also maintain a list of local speakers for the cities in which we have held workshops.
Imam Johari Abdul Malik
Imam Johari serves as the director of community outreach for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center. and the chair of government relations for the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA). He was the first Muslim chaplain at Howard University, and is the former President of the Muslim Society of Washington, DC Inc.
Known nationally for his fundraising efforts for masjids, schools and relief and support organizations, Imam Johari is a founding member of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of Washington, D.C. He lectures on a variety of subjects that motivate the Muslim community and the community at large to better themselves and their world.
Imam Johari is trained in Islamic Studies, with an emphasis on tawhid, seerah, and exegesis. He holds a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Genetics and Human Genetics. He has completed a Clinical Post Graduate Training Program in Bioethics at the Georgetown University Kennedy Center for Ethics as well as PhD course work in Bioethics/Genetics (Degree Pending).
Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, LPC
Salma Elkadi Abugideiri is a Founding Board Member of Peaceful Families Project. She is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in northern VA, specializing in providing marriage and family therapy, as well as treating trauma and general mental health issues. She serves as the primary trainer for Peaceful Families Project, providing workshops for imams, community leaders, providers, and community members. She is a contributing author to several books including Walking Together: Working with Women from Diverse Religious Traditions, Counseling Muslims: Handbook of Mental Health Issues & Interventions, and Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. She has also co-authored a brief guide for helping professionals entitled What Islam Says About Domestic Violence. In addition, she is associate producer of the video Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families. Most recently, she co-authored Before You Tie the Knot: A Guide for Couples.
Asma Ahmad is a muliti-faceted social worker with experiences working with court-mandated domestic violence offenders, older adults, and youth. She received her graduate degree in social work from George Mason University in 2013. Over the past year, she has had the opportunity to provide treatment and psychoeducation to domestic violence offenders in a state-certified batterer intervention program. Asma also serves as the Project Manager for Project Sakinah DC – a local chapter aimed at enhancing the ability of Muslim leaders, community members, and organizations to effectively prevent and respond to family violence issues.
Previously, Asma taught and mentored at local mosques, acted as a student consultant for local non-profit organizations, and participated in several conference planning efforts. Her research interests include culturally responsive treatments for Muslims facing mental health challenges, relief options for battered immigrant women, and integrative techniques to teach empathy. Most recently, she has done research on dementia, delirium, and depression in older adults in long-term care facilities. Asma has been recognized by colleagues for proactive problem-solving skills, leadership, and astute contributions based on clinical social work knowledge.
Sheikha Dr. Zainab Alwani
Dr. Zainab Alwani is currently the Program Director and an Adjunct Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Northern Virginia Community College. She also teaches Arabic Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where she developed courses in Arabic Studies that focus on the link between Islamic philosophy, language and culture. She also teaches Islamic history, law and comparative religion at a number of consortium institutions including Wesley Theological Seminary, the Washington National Cathedral and Cordoba University. She received her Ph.D. in Islamic Sciences from the International Islamic University in Malaysia.
She is a researcher, social and community activist, and the first female jurist to serve on the board of the Fiqh council of North America. Dr. Alwani has co-authored a number of books such as Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities; What Islam Says About Domestic Violence; and Perspectives: Arabic Language and Culture in Films. She has also published scholarly articles in renowned publications on Aisha (ra)’s commentaries on Hadith, Islamic Jurisprudence, conflict resolution in America, and Abu-Hamid Al-Ghazali and his methodology. She has been awarded “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” for three consecutive years during 2003-2006.
Ms. Nicole Correri, a convert to Islam since 1994, received her B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Early Childhood Education from George Washington University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and her M.A. in Counseling from George Mason University, graduating with Honors. She is also a member of numerous academic honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa. She completed a year and half of doctoral course work in Clinical Psychology, also at GWU. Since 1994, Ms. Correri has been a student of Islam and an educator in the East Coast and around the world, lecturing at mosques, Islamic camps, and Islamic conferences. She has been a speaker at the UMAA convention in 2009, 2011, and 2012.
Nicole has worked with the Peaceful Families Project since 2008 when she first completed their training program. Since then she has had the opportunity to speak to a variety of audiences about Muslim family dynamics, domestic violence in the Muslim community, as well as represent the Peaceful Family Project at various events. The title of some of her lectures include:
• The Role of Muslim Women Today
• Understanding Muslim Family Dynamics for the Helping Professions
• Rights of Husband and Wife in Islam
• Our Family Unit: Solutions to Modern Issues
Dr. Altaf Husain
Dr. Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and his research interests include the integration of immigrant and refugee families, and especially Muslim adolescents, in the United States. His educational background is a unique combination of a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a masters and doctoral degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and Howard University in Washington DC, respectively. Dr. Husain is a former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA National), a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), a faculty member of COMPASS – the state of the art management training program of MSA National, chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and an advisory board member and trainer of the Peaceful Families Project – dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence.
Imam Mohamed Magid
Imam Mohamed Magid is the Imam and Executive Director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, ADAMS Center, in Sterling, Virginia. Under his direction, the Center has grown to be one of the largest Muslim community organizations in the Washington Metropolitan Area. With his encouragement, ADAMS has become active in local interfaith dialogue programs, social work, government relations, civic involvement, community service, and the education of the local public about Islam and Muslims. Very active in the Islamic community, Imam Magid is Vice-President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and serves as a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Muslim, Sikh and Arab Advisory Board. He also occupies the Chairmanship of the Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action, is a board member of the Fairfax County Partnership for Youth, and is a member of the George Mason University Campus Ministry. Imam Magid’s domestic violence advocacy activities include serving as a board member of FaithTrust Institute, and as a member of the National Interfaith Planning Committee for Domestic Violence.
In May 2006, Fairfax County Human Rights Commission awarded Imam Magid with their Human Rights Award. A Sudanese-born American, Imam Magid is the son of the Grand Mufti of Sudan. At the hand of his father and other notable scholars, he studied and graduated in traditional Islamic disciplines, including Shariah (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Tawwauh (Islamic Spirituality). Imam Magid views marriage and pre-marital counseling as his passion. He currently resides in Reston, Virginia with his wife and daughters.
Bonita R. McGee, M.A.
Bonita received a Masters in Islamic Sciences from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences in 2004. Previously Sr. Bonita worked at a full service Domestic Violence Shelter in Columbus, OH. Sr. Bonita is also the Board member and Co-founder of the Muslim Family Services (formerly the Muslim Women’s Network and Community Services), a social service organization serving the Muslim community in Greater Columbus and surrounding areas. Muslim Family Services offers support, referral, and training to both Muslim and Non-Muslim in an effort to bridge gaps to address the social issues in the community effectively. Sr. Bonita began her efforts to stop violence against women and anti-oppression work in her years as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University. She participated in the Rape Education and Prevention Program and later volunteered with Choices- a domestic violence shelter in Columbus. Other volunteer efforts include being a volunteer with SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio) as patient advocate for rape survivors. Sr. Bonita served as Program Chair for ISNA’s Domestic Violence Awareness Activities and developed a website on domestic violence for ISNA. She continues to provide trainings and assessments for communities in need to address the issue of domestic violence and serves on the board of the Islamic Social Service Association, a national organization addressing social issues and promoting social work and related fields in the Muslim Community.
Dr. Aneesah Nadir
Dr. Aneesah Nadir is the founder and CEO of Dr. Aneesah Nadir & Associates. Dr. Nadir is a social worker, author, speaker, consultant, diversity trainer and marriage and family life educator. During her approximately seventeen year career as an educator she taught human services courses at Ottawa, University in Arizona and social work courses at Arizona State University’s Department of Social Work. Dr. Nadir is a graduate of Arizona State University where she obtained her Masters of Social Work degree in 1984 and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work degree in 2003. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Social Welfare from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York in 1978. Dr. Nadir’s research interest is related to cultural diversity, religion and spirituality. Her primary focus is on social work with American Muslims. Her research includes a study regarding the life experiences of young Muslim women in America, Social Worker’s Perceptions and Preparation for Working with Muslims in the U.S. and Canada, and the History and Experiences of Muslims in Arizona. She recently participated in a study of American Muslim Physicians and a study of preconception and interconception health among African Americans in Arizona.
Dr. Nadir developed the first elective course for social work and human service students called the Muslim Reality: Living in America to increase student knowledge and skills to provide culturally competent services for Muslims. She is the co-author of a chapter, Islam, in Spirituality and Religious Traditions in Social Work Practice edited by Van Hook, Hugen and Aguilar (2001), author of the chapter, Promoting Positive Marital Outcomes Among Muslims in America, in Islam in America: Images and Challenges edited byLin (1998)as well as other academic, popular and Muslim media articles regarding social work with Muslims.
Dr. Nadir serves as the president of the Islamic Social Services Association-USA and is a founder and past president of the Islamic Social Services Association-USA and Canada. She coordinates ISSA-USA’s Sakinah Healthy Marriage Initiative, a national effort among Muslims in suburban and inner city communities in the U.S.
Dr. Nadir has presented for national social work organizations such as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); and national Muslim organizations such as the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the ISNA Leadership Development Center (ISNA-ILDC), the Muslim Students Association (MSA), and the Muslim American Society (MAS). Her audience has included Muslim chaplains, imams and community leaders as well as mainstream professionals including chaplains, nurses, teachers, social workers, law enforcement officers, and attorneys.