Outspoken: Stories on Mental Health


“Stories are…vessels for ancestors, memory, futures and laughter. They are the medium through which the divine is engaged…To state it more succinctly, stories are ceremony.”
— Mark Gonzales

The Green Room invites you to join OUTSPOKEN, a monthly storytelling series that explores the intersections of faith, identity, social issues, and well-being.

On Tuesday May 31, join us as we explore planet earth through the personal stories and narratives of local community members. All are welcome to join!

Shepherding Our Sons

Fathers and Mothers: what do you want for your sons and daughters?

What fills your heart with joy at the thought of your son or your daughter doing, or being, or becoming? What fills your heart with hope, pride, and love for the bounty that Allah has given you and I in our children? Do you smile at the thought of them becoming a doctor, or a professional of some kind? Perhaps you imagine your daughter or son memorizing the Glorious Qur’an, or having an immense love for God and His Messenger (peace be upon him). Or, perhaps you simply hope for your son or daughter to be a person of good character. 

Whatever it is that you are picturing them doing, whatever it is that generates that pride and hope in your heart; likely, you are also picturing them happy while doing it.

This desire for our children’s happiness comes from our love and compassion for them. Consider, for example, when Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was given the glad tidings that he would be made an Imam and an example of righteousness for all people he asked: “and what of my descendants?” (Q2:124) Ibrahim (peace be upon him) had so much compassion for his children, grand-children, great-grandchildren and all his descendants that as soon as he heard the good news of being made an example for humanity, he asked if they too would have a share in that closeness that he had with Allah. He wanted all of his descendants to experience such serenity and happiness.

Continue reading “Shepherding Our Sons”

Understanding Islamic Psychology: Presentations

The following are presentations given at the Muslim Wellness Foundation’s May, 2015, Healing Collective: Understanding Islamic Psychology.

Our Psychological System through an Islamic Lens 

By Marwa Assar, Ed.M

What is Islamic about Islamic Counseling?

By Ibrahim J. Long, MA, GC

Prophet Muhammad, Islam & Psychology

By Karim Serageldin, MA



3 Winners Candlelight Vigil at Edmonton City Hall – February 13, 2015 .

For more on #3Winners and the #ChapelHillShooting:

A Canadian Imam’s Message to Canadians

Imam Dr. Hamid Slimi on the recent events in Canada:

“People are becoming aware and trying to make a difference, but it is our responsibility to show them the difference. Islam tells us that you can’t be a good Muslim unless you are a good human being. And, Islam tells us to stand for what it right and never join those who are wrong… Youth may think to go overseas and fight, [but fight] for what? The fight today is a fight in ignorance. The important fight we have today is to fight bigotry, to fight injustice, and [thanks be to God], Canada is a good ground to promote the values that all human beings share.”

Dr. Hamid Slimi is the Imam, Resident Scholar and Founder of Sayeda Khadija Centre (Mississauga, Ontario). He has been serving as an Imam, Chaplain, Educator and Consultant in Canada for over 17 years in different religious and educational institutions.

See how other Canadian Muslims are responding to the recent events in Ottawa:

The Crisis of ISIS: Khutba by Sh. Hamza Yusuf

Muslim youth are confused about how to understand a new group claiming the title of “Caliph” in Iraq. In this khutba (Friday sermon), Shaykh Hamza Yusuf provides guided insights into the reality of our tradition, the mercy of the Prophetic way, and the stark contrast to this that ISIS presents to the world.

Please watch and share.

Interested in learning more about how Muslim scholars are responding to the crisis of ISIS?

  • Read about an open letter composed by leading Muslim scholars criticizing ISIS and the self-proclaimed caliph, al-Baghdadi.
  • Also, view this interview with the eminent Shaykh (Muslim scholar) Abdullah bin Bayyah.