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Drawing from Islamic Psychology and Spirituality for Our Social Justice Work
Regardless of our issue area, many of us in social justice movement work face similar challenges including reactionary organizing, burnout, practices that don’t center care; as well as limited perspectives and approaches to addressing injustices. There are innumerable links between social justice and Islam, including our values centered in justice, holistic healing, and spirit-centered community work. Join us as we draw from Islamic Psychology and Spirituality to address common social justice movement challenges.
This interactive workshop series will use an Islamic spirituality framework to explore:
- Holistic perspectives of social justice realms;
- Why people harm/oppress from Islamic perspectives; and
- How activists/advocates- regardless of religious affiliation – the well being of themselves and their communities are centered
Part 1: Islamic Perspectives on Social Justice
Social justice work in all types of spaces are rooted in on-the-ground work to end oppression and harm, by addressing its root causes. The nature of this work is intersectional and nuanced for the various communities that it impacts. As such, there is rarely space to explore faith-based spiritual perspectives, particularly Islamic perspectives, as it relates to social justice – both with how it can inform approaches for this work and the wellbeing of those involved in the work.
This interactive, reflective workshop will create space and provide frameworks for those engaging in social justice work to explore Islamic perspectives related to the work and our wellbeing. These perspectives include the current landscape of social justice work and how Islamic spirituality and tradition can ensure that those in movement spaces are not only surviving – but thriving – as they work to end oppressions in all of its forms.
- Explore the intersections between Islam and social justice, using traditional & spiritual perspectives uplifted from Islamic scholarship
- Reflect on the current landscape of social justice work, both within and outside of Muslim spaces, and impacts on those in movement spaces
- Dive into self-reflection about intentions and motivations behind social justice work, and explore opportunities to apply a spiritual framework, however that is defined by the participant
Part 2: Addressing Harm through Restorative Justice: Exploring Islamic Perspectives
Harm and oppressions of all forms exist in all communities. As such, there is also a diversity of opinion of how individuals who harm/oppress should be approached with regards to justice – with restorative justice being one approach that has gained increased attention over the last few decades.
Many of those in social justice movements may not realize that restorative justice has roots in traditional, faith-based societies, including Islam. This interactive workshop will explore Islamic perspectives on why harm/oppression exists; Islamic tradition frameworks that lend to restorative justice approaches; and how those of us working in these movements can implement this knowledge within our spaces.
- Explore Islamic perspectives about why harm and oppression of all forms exist
- Understand Islamic spiritual and traditional frameworks that lend to restorative justice approaches in modern day contexts
- Reflect on their work and explore opportunities to implement restorative justice, either in practice or as a framework to deepen understandings of social justice
Training Length and Type:
2 hours per session
Connect as an individual
Part 1: Tuesday, March 30th from 3-5pm PDT/ 5-7pm CDT/ 6-8pm EDT
Part 2: Tuesday, April 6th from 3-5pm PDT/ 5-7pm CDT/ 6-8pm EDT
*Participants are encouraged to sign up for both part 1 & 2 but can sign up for one individual workshop.
*Repeat series TBD- in May
This training is ideal for:
Those involved in social justice work, self-defining as advocate/activist/educator. Those inclined towards inner-work and exploring spiritual perspectives, whether or not they identify as Muslim. Those who are inclined to see social justice as work that emanates from the inside-out, and not solely as it being outward.
Participants will leave this series with:
- An understanding of Islamic spiritual perspectives on social justice, advocacy, and ending harm/oppression
- Knowledge on why harm/oppression exists using Islamic spiritual perspectives, and complementary perspectives on how to end harm/oppression
- Strategies and approaches to promote self-awareness about one’s own spirituality, inner work, and how it relates to one’s outward social justice work.
What do you do to prepare?
Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to share and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, with video and headphones.
Access requests can be made during registration or by emailing Dustin Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org, including interpreters and captioners.
Part 1 OR 2: Choose what to pay, starting at $20. The true cost of this workshop is $50/person, which allows us to continue offering programs like this one and pay trainers a fair wage for their time and expertise. Like you, our trainers work hard for change in their communities and have often developed the knowledge, skill and gifts that they are offering through many unpaid hours — let’s support them to be sustainable in their work and craft!
Full Series: Choose what to pay, starting at $40. The true cost of this series is $100/person.
Ready to sign up?
Sameera Qureshi, MS OTR, is an Occupational Therapist whose work in movement spaces has often paralleled her own life experiences and learnings. After starting as a direct service provider with youth and families, she moved into sexual health education and violence prevention to address gaps she saw in Muslim communities. For many years, Sameera understood her work in such spaces as a result of her own trauma and healing, which defined her life mission and purpose, and often, her spiritual and religious identity. As she deepened her work with violence prevention in Muslim communities within the non-profit space, she realized that two critical components were often missing: Islamic psychology and spirituality. As she was guided to turn to learnings from Muslim scholars such as Ibn’ Arabi, Al-Ghazzali, and Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar, she realized that Islam has a treasure trove of spiritual and psychological perspectives that are essential to those working in social justice spaces. In the summer of 2020, Sameera transitioned out of her non-profit role and shifted her work to primarily use the lens of Islamic spirituality by creating “Sexual Health for Muslims.” Her own spiritual journey over the last year, combined with her experiences with social justice work, is the motivating factor to now provide knowledge and tools for deeper self-awareness and reflection for those working in movement spaces.