SHARE Atlanta’s Healthy Marriage Initiative Polygyny Workshop: A Success
by YaQutullah Ibraheem, SHARE Atlanta, Healthy Marriage Initiative Committee Chair
Masjid Al Mu’minun, a true center of learning, was filled to capacity on Saturday, August 29th, as many Muslims (married and those aspiring to be married), gathered during the peaceful atmosphere of Ramadan to attend SHARE Atlanta's Health Marriage Initiative (HMI)’s third Workshop in a Series. This exiting workshop, "A Refreshing Look at Polygyny With Qur'anic Insights and a Focus on Justice & Freedom in an Adverse Environment", took place on that day from Salatul Dhuhr to fast-breaking. It truly offered a rich learning opportunity facilitated by four dynamic presenters who included: Dr. Debra Majeed. Beloit professor, researcher and author of a soon to be completed book on Polygyny, Imam Qasim Ahmed and his wives Nadiyah Ahmad and Aminah Muhammad. This engaging, stimulating, and inspiring workshop kept the audience’s full attention throughout its duration; it was interactive, dignified, totally honest and straightforward.
Much clarity resulted as Imam Qasim and others shared their insights that were fully grounded in Al-Qur’an and ahadith. Not only was polygyny presented in a way that was helpful and clarifying (as it relates to how it should be understood, contracted, practiced, and lived); many found that the same Qur’anic insights and principles to be similarly applicable as they should guide contracting and living in or pursuing monogamous unions. This was a wonderful learning opportunity, and advanced clarity, maturity, balance and objectivity in our thinking as believing Muslims in approaching this topic for the pleasure of Allah, Most High,.
SHARE Atlanta will conclude year 2009 with two additional, interactive Healthy Marriage Workshops: “Managing Anger and Preventing Abuse” on October 24th – featuring Bro. Shyam Sriram representing Baitul Salaam and Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence, Sumaira Akber, Professional Counselor & SHARE BOT member and other Resource persons and a December 19th Workshop addressing “Rights & Responsibilities of Men & Women” by Shaykh Imam Ibrahim Pasha of Atlanta, GA. We invite local readers (and those who may enjoy traveling to Atlanta) to join us!
The August 29th Polygyny Workshop was videotaped and will be available for purchase by October 1st at the nominal cost of $22.00 for this 2-CD package. All CDs sold will assist our local SHARE Center to raise funds to help advance the work of the Atlanta SHARE Center.
Please place your order by mailing a check or money order to:
971 North Hairston Road
Ste. A9 #111
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