Modern Muslim Parenting Panel | Ustadha Dr. Rania Awaad

Three therapists with the Bay Area office of the Khalil Center joined us for our October Friday Family Night for an insightful parenting panel about incorporating faith-based approaches to raise conscious Muslim children.

The Khalil Center is a social and spiritual community wellness center that is designed to address the widespread prevalence of social, psychological, familial, relational and spiritual issues.

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This parenting panel discussion was on Friday, October 7, 2016. It was part of MCC East Bay’s monthly family night series, which invites influential and insightful American-Muslims who are making a positive impact on our community.


Ustadha Rania Awaad, MD, Clinical Director – Khalil Center, Bay Area, CA
Raised in the U.S., Ustadha Rania Awaad began her formal study of the traditional Islamic sciences when her parents permitted her to travel to Damascus, Syria at the age of 14. Her desire to continue studying the Deen resulted in multiple trips back to Damascus, interspersed between her high school, college and medical studies. She was honored to receive Ijaazah (authorization to teach) several branches of the Shari’ah sciences at the hands of many renowned scholars, including many female scholars. She has received Ijaazah to teach Tajwid in both the Hafs and Warsh recitations from the late eminent Syrian scholar, Shaykh Abu Hassan al-Kurdi. In addition to completing several advanced texts of the Shafi’i madhhab, she is licensed to teach texts of Maliki fiqh, Adab and Ihsan. Currently, Ustadha Rania teaches online and local classes for The Rahmah Foundation, Rabata, and is on faculty of Zaytuna College where she teaches courses in Shafi’i fiqh, women’s issues in fiqh, and has helped develop and co-direct the Tajweed and Hifz progam.

Ustadha Rania also a medical doctor with a specialty in Psychiatry. She completed her Psychiatric residency and fellowship training at Stanford University where she is currently on the faculty as a Clinical Instructor in the Stanford Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department. Her medical interests include addressing mental health care concerns in the Muslim community- particularly that of Muslim women and girls. She has been awarded grants from the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) to conduct research on this topic and has presented her findings at several medical conferences. Other on-going endeavors include the compilation of manuscripts addressing female-related mental health and medical issues from a fiqh-oriented perspective. She currently serves as the Director of the Rahmah Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching Muslim women and girls traditional Islamic knowledge. In this capacity she also heads the Murbbiyah Mentoring Program which trains young women how to teach and mentor Muslim girls and teens. Ustadha Rania is both a wife and a mother; she has been counseling and teaching women classes on Tajwid, Shafi’i Fiqh, Ihsan, marriage and raising children since 1999.

Heba el-Haddad, Therapist
Heba has received her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in Psychology of Social Science and later earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She worked at OMID Multicultural Institute for Development, a mental health institute for 3 years, where she completed her clinical hours and gained a variety of experience working with the Muslim population coming from many different ethnicities and backgrounds. Simultaneously, she worked at the Anaheim Family Justice Center through New Star Family Center in Anaheim with law enforcement, counseling victims of domestic violence and abuse. She also served as a therapist for ICNA’s first Transitional home and shelter for Muslim women in Southern California. Heba has previously worked with pioneering community organizations such as Islamic Relief USA and Access California Services. Heba currently provides Pre-Marital Counseling services in Northern California where she resides and is an affiliate of the Stanford Muslim Mental Health Department. Heba is married and has 2 children.

Jabir Tarin, Intern Therapist & Community Outreach
Jabir Tarin is a Bay Area native, a Masters of Arts candidate in Marriage and Family therapy. Prior to his graduate education, Jabir graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from California State University East Bay in 2014. Additionally, Jabir is a student of Islamic theology and serves as a Khatib intermittently. Jabir is interested in spiritually integrated therapy and serving his community. Jabir Tarin currently resides in Hayward, CA.

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  1. Sameen Kazmi says:

    @17:51 the lady talks about "Fitra" Basic nature. My question:
    If the basic nature is Islamic in essence since we all took oath to obey Allah swt alone then why were there People like Shaddaad, Namrood and Yazeed? I mean, whether they were born corrupt or they were made corrupt by their parents?

  2. Sameen Kazmi says:

    @9:30 the topic begins

  3. boxthorncutter says:

    I'm noticing more & more of this new generation of Muslim parents who can't control their children.



  5. Drita Adem says:

    Ma Shaa ALLAH that's a beautiful lecture!
    May ALLAH s.w.t reward all of you with jannetul-ferdause. Ameen

  6. Muhammad Anung Darmawan says:

    Thank you to upload this video