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Assalaam Alaikum,

With Ramadan overlapping with the end of the school year, most masjids and community centers have seen entire families participating in community iftars and prayers. However, some key people in our community who need our support are unable to attend due to a disability in the family. The end of the school year and month of Ramadan present a change in schedule which can introduce their own set of challenges. Families facing these circumstances often want to meet others in similar situations for support and for their children to build friendships with. It is vital for them to meet during Ramadan to build a sense of community, to help each other during nightly prayers, and for the kind of dependability only a network could bring.

When it is difficult to seek a community or support outside of your home, an online support network is crucial to fill that void. I am amazed to learn of the many ways in which our religious and community spaces fail to be inclusive and accessible to the estimated 600,000 American Muslims living with disabilities. This is why I was so grateful to learn that American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is filling this void with programs like EnabledMuslim, which offers a support network and resources for individuals as well as their families who are unable to be active participants within the masjid. For instance, they are currently working with SMILE and MUHSEN on the #AccessibleRamadan campaign to encourage masjid leadership to improve accessibility for individuals with a disability.

AMHP is also fulfilling a number of other serious needs that I, as an Imam, have seen community members face. Their mental health initiatives and campaign for access to affordable health care coverage aim to improve the well-being of the most underserved members of our community.

In these last blessed days of Ramadan, I urge you to support their critical work in advancing social justice, public health, and civic engagement. Make a contribution as little as $100, $250, $1,000 or any amount you choose at the link here or mail a check payable to AMHP to 2118 Plum Grove Rd. #201, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. Your sadaqa-eligible, tax-deductible donation is deeply appreciated and will help AMHP continue to improve the health of Americans, particularly the most vulnerable due to economic circumstances, special needs, or cultural barriers.





With prayers for peace and health,
Was-salaam 'alaykum,

Imam Zaid Shakir
Co-Founder, Board of Trustees & Senior Faculty Member, Zaytuna College
 
Watch this short video! EnabledMuslim, a program of American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP), is an online network for spiritual and community support for Muslims living with disabilities and for their loved ones. Visit EnabledMuslim.org for more information. 
 
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When it comes to choosing a nutrition goal for Ramadan, it is similar to choosing a spiritual Ramadan goal. In order for the goal to be a sustainable lifestyle change that carries after Ramadan, be realistic with yourself and not overwhelmed with trying to improve every healthy recommendation. Choose 1-2 specific and tangible goals to work on and focus on them throughout the month. â€‹

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