Assma Galuta knowns as Asoomii Jay, is a 26 years old model, human rights activist and the creator of Blind Trust project and I am a Muslim Project. Although she is Canadian she considers herself as a global citizen, having Tunisian and Libyan roots and raised in a Palestinian household.
Asoomii started her journey in 2011 through a Youtube channel for hijab tutorials, empowering the youth to be proud of their identity especially for many North American born Muslims. There were many factors pushed Asoomii towards human rights activism; the genocide in Palestine that her family witnessed firsthand, being diagnosed by cancer at a young age, and also witnessing the war in Libya all of these factors led her not to only speak about Islamophobia and social injustices. However, it also made her shed light on real world issues many of us are unaware of, and break the stigma of mental health and taboo topics in the Muslim community.
Her Blind Trust Project (also known as Hug a Muslim project) became a global trend encouraging activists from around the world to recreate the project and spread her message of coexistence and unity.
She continues to use her social media platform to raise awareness about social injustices, and she believes that education and knowledge is key to combating Islamophobia and extremism.
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Eman Idil Bare is an award winning journalist, and is currently working as a reporter for CBC Toronto. She also writes for Muslim Girl, Teen Vogue and Allure Magazine.
Kashmala Qasim completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology from the University of Toronto and completed a Masters in Neuroscience from McMaster University, with a focus on mental health and obesity. She has also completed the Taleem ul Qu’ran Diploma course from Al Huda Institute, and is currently teaching there.
Kashmala has been a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Islamic Online University, and has also received Level 1 Pastoral Counselling training from the University of Toronto. Kashmala is also the founder and lead of SPICES Community Engagement at McMaster University, through which she conducted several healthy active living workshops in the community and provided family and marriage counselling sessions. She is now pursuing a PhD at York University in Social Psychology.
Kashmala’s research interests include: Socio-cultural challenges faced by the Muslim community in accessing mental health care, coping mechanisms used by Syrian refugees and developing an Islamic model of psychotherapy.
Sr. Kulsoom Kazim is a graduate of York university with a Bachelors of Honours degree in Psychology. She is currently completing her degree in Islamic studies from Mishkah university, studying authentic Islamic knowledge with scholars from around the globe.
She is also a certified life coach who has recently launched her own business through which she aims to make a difference in as many lives as possible. She does this through coaching sessions, halaqahs, and motivational talks and workshops, inspirational videos, and writing. She wishes to empower her audience to create a positive impact on other people in their own lives once they have learned with her and carry on the knowledge to benefit as many people as possible.
Currently, she is also working on writing a book and wants to serve Allah swt and this deen to the best of her capabilities.
Ryhana Dawood is the head female instructor of UMMA Martial Arts and has been training in Shotokan Karate and ITF Taekwondo for nearly 20 years. She currently teaches two female-only classes in Scarborough.
Ryhana is also the head instructor and founder of Martial Smarts, a non-profit organization focused on promoting physical and mental wellness as well as female empowerment through self-defense. Since 2008, Ryhana has worked with over a thousand women across the GTA and overseas leading self-defense workshops for many underprivileged groups including victims of gender-based violence, street children and orphans.
She has also run several campus safety workshops at multiple universities and held self-defense seminars at conferences. She recently completed medical school at Western University and is currently completing residency at the University of Toronto.
Sandra Noe is a dedicated and compassionate community advocate, who engages with her community. Sandra has spent much of her 30-year career as a law clerk working in civil litigation, administrative and constitutional law.
Sandra is involved in human rights initiatives such as access to justice, protecting the rights of women and children and people with disabilities, as well as addressing the issue of racial profiling and faith/creed-based discrimination.
Sandra is also a community mediator, having received her education in Peace and Conflict Studies from Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo. She has been involved in several community mediations, some involving the Children’s Aid Society.
In addition to her work as a law clerk, Sandra currently sits as Chair of the Federation of Muslim Women and finds time to volunteer with Islamic History Month Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and sharing the many contributions of Muslim Canada, past and present. In the past she has been a panelist with MIST, inter-faith youth day camp facilitator, speaker at interfaith conferences and project manager/focus group facilitator for an anti-racism, anti-violence video game. She was subject for several documentaries; one on women in Islam, as well as one on Sharia law in Canada.
Yasmine Mohamed is a well known advocate in our community for Women’s Rights, nonprofit charity, extensive community work, empowering youth and women, raising Islamic Awareness & educating all communities on the rights of women in Islam while breaking misconceptions and common stereotypes. She was a featured guest on SalamTV in Malaysia speaking on the topic of how to empower women & their families to be more involved in their communities; & be more aware of community needs. She was recently given the Icon Award representing Canada in Malaysia for her contribution in Community Building, Charity & raising Islamic Awareness in the Canadian education system across Canada.
Yasmine is completing her degree in Islamic Studies with the Islamic Online University and has an Honours Degree in French from Wilfred Laurier University that is in progress. She has traveled to attend & study extensively with scholars from around the world over the past 9 years with, that include but not limited to AlMaghrib and AlKauthar Institutes.
She has been providing Islamic Spiritual Counseling throughout Western and Central Ontario regions with over 7 years of experience working with shelters, helplines, families, couples, teens and individuals. She has recently launched her own counselling business through which she aims to help refine, heal and bring as many hearts closer to Allah swt as possible. She wishes to empower more people to think inclusively of our community’s needs; to work together for greater change, and building happy families by building positive individuals. She counsels clients with in-person therapy sessions saving marriages, building self-esteem & helping individuals, teens and couples in all their relationships, with a specific Islamic spiritual focus.
A session can be booked by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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