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RUMS Islamic Society is pleased to present its annual conference, this year focusing on mental health, entitled: “Silence Begets Silence: Confronting Taboos in Mental Health & Islam”.

Aimed at addressing issues that too often get ignored and swept under the rug in Muslim communities, the hope is that discussion of these topics will aid in the process of overcoming the increasingly negative stigma that occupies these topics. This conference will have three panel discussions focusing on: Jinn possession, Female Genital Mutilation and Mood Disorders.

The conference will begin in the morning with a panel discussion involving members of the public health sector and a sheikh on each of the topics mentioned above. Each panel will be followed by a Q&A session that will provide members of the audience the chance to ask the panelists questions.

We have a wonderful line up of speakers, including:

Abdool Samad Illaiee: trained as a psychiatric pharmacist

Farah Ahmad: research interests include mental health and representations within the British Muslim community

Dr Ahmed Hankir: a clinical fellow in Psychiatry at Manchester University

Dr Rashid Zaman: consultant psychiatrist and Associate Lecturer at Cambridge

Dr Asad Sadiq: consultant psychiatrist

Mrs Hoda Ali: FGM survivor and campaigner

Ms Joy Clarke: Specialist Midwife who has set up an African Well-Women’s Clinic improving maternity care for childbearing women with female genital mutilation

Shaykh Shams Ad-Duha Muhammad: works with Safar Academy in North London and the Burdett Estate Masjid in East London where he is Imam and Khateeb

And more to be confirmed insha’Allah!

Get your tickets from here.

– £7 early bird (until 1st of January!)

Lunch will be provided

We look forward to see you all at what hopes to be an enlightening event!

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