Webinar: Dealing With Diabetes and Other Everyday Dilemmas: The Maslaha Project

April 29, 2009

In this webinar, Raheel Mohammed  and Natalia Chan of the Maslaha Project present innovative approaches used by the project to provide practical information that help the Islamic community in London, UK, navigate cultural issues to do with healthcare, education, family life, finance, and civic and democratic engagement. Moderated by Alya Adamany, from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and commentary from Kyle Ismail from The Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN).

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  • Watch and listen to the Question and Answer (Q&A) with speakers, Raheel Mohammed, Maslaha Project, Young Foundation, London (UK), Natalia Chan, Maslaha Project, Young Foundation, London (UK),  Alya Adamany, Senior Program Officer, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago (USA), and Kyle J. Ismail, Associate Director, Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Chicago (USA).

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  • In London, established by the Young Foundation, the Maslaha Project provides culturally sensitive and practical information about Islam, and helps Muslims deal with the challenges of living and integrating in western society. Maslaha’s pilot project looks at health issues in Tower Hamlets, a London borough with one of the highest levels of religious diversity in the UK. The interactive website offers advice on diet, exercise, and Ramadan both from a medical and Islamic perspective and is used by both medical staff and patients to help advise on diabetes. Watch the Video Presentation


Raheel Mohammed, Maslaha Project
Young Foundation, London (UK)

Raheel leads on the Maslaha project, which focuses on promoting a greater understanding of Islam for Muslims and non-Muslims and finding practical solutions for Muslim communities and public services in areas such as health and education. Maslaha’s health strand is currently leading the way in the UK in combining faith and medical advice in helping to change patients’ behaviour. Raheel has also been profiled in The Guardian newspaper, in a supplement focusing on social pioneers. He was selected for the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference in Doha, as well as taking part in the Religion and Democracy in Europe Initiative, the US International Visitor Leadership Program and the UK Race and Europe Network’s project on ‘Muslim Youth and Active Citizenship’. He has also spoken on a number of issues: at the Royal Geographical Society about global citizenship and and democracy; and at the 2008 NHS London conference – ‘Innovating for a World City’.

Natalia Chan, Maslaha Project
Young Foundation, London (UK)

Natalia Chan is Research Associate for Maslaha. She has previously worked at the Young Foundation in a variety of roles, including external affairs, developing the Young Foundation website to a high standard, as well as providing in-depth research on a range of issues such as leadership and penal reform. as well as working in a variety of roles at the Young Foundation, including providing in-depth research on a range of issues such as leadership and penal reform. Her experience of creating new opportunities and developing innovative strands of work with the Sudan Associate Parliamentary Group have proved invaluable in developing Maslaha’s health work and relationships with potential partners. She has used film to enhance parliamentary relations between the two countries, including producing a film on the political status of women in Sudan, and has organized a visit from a delegation of representatives of Sudanese Parliament and civil society to the UK. Natalia has also worked with organizations such as the Sudanese Red Crescent Society and London Youth to build organizational capacity.

Alya Adamany, Senior Program Officer
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago (USA)
Alya Adamany is a senior program officer for studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. A staff member since 2003, Alya is responsible for research, planning, and the logistical execution of task forces and study groups, including the Council’s 2007 Task Force on the Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans and the 2006 Chicago-Birmingham Dialogue “Muslim Communities in Domestic and Foreign Policymaking in the United States and United Kingdom: Empowerment and Engagement.” In addition, she cochaired the Council’s GOAt initiative (Globally Occupied Attention) in 2005. She also currently serves on the auxiliary board of Teach for America’s Chicago Chapter. Alya received her B.A. in political science with a focus on International Relations from Yale University and her M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in the Middle East and security studies. Alya previously held internships at the U.S. House of Representatives and Amnesty International.

Kyle J. Ismail, Associate Director
Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Chicago (USA)
Kyle Ismail has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism and an M.A. in American history from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he lectured in American and world history and an M.A. in Human Resources Management from University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne. He is a long-time volunteer with IMAN ’s Project Restore focusing on education and outreach. Ismail was certified by the Lincoln Foundation for Business

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