On December 5, 2021, MCK hosted a workshop on guiding parents through the transition from childhood to teenage years.
As our children grow into themselves and find their individuality, there are many obstacles to navigate: instilling faith, influences, transmitting values, modeling positive behavior, and more.
In this interactive environment, parents had the opportunity to ask questions and interact with other parents and the speakers. Guest speakers included Dr. Suzy Ismail and Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, who taught practical ways to understand the challenges our children may face, as well as methods to develop a respectful, cooperative, and Prophetic model of raising your child.
Dr. Suzy Ismail is the Founding Director of Cornerstone, a nonprofit, faith-based communication intervention organization.
Dr. Ismail’s research focuses on the topics of marriage, family, parenting, identity, and teens. She specializes in educating and empowering women, youth, and vulnerable populations through workshops and training nationally. Traveling the globe, her work has brought her from the border of Syria working with refugee women to providing assistance to resettlement and relief agencies locally in the US.
Her humanitarian work has been recognized with numerous awards including the Ambassador for Peace Award and the Visionary Muslim Award. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication and a Master of Philosophy in Human Services and a PhD in Human Services focusing on Family Studies & Intervention Strategies. Dr. Ismail currently resides in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband and three children.
Zaynab Ansari has served as a member of the full-time faculty of Tayseer Seminary since its inception in 2014 when she joined the Muslim Community of Knoxville in the pioneering role of women’s scholar-in-residence, one of the first women to serve in such a capacity in an Islamic institution in North America.
With over 20 years of experience as a public speaker, facilitator of interfaith dialogue, youth mentor, and an instructor of the Islamic Sciences, Ustadha Zaynab is committed to reviving the Prophetic model of community and training the next generation of Muslim leaders, workers, and activists.
Ustadha Zaynab considers herself a lifelong student of traditional Islam and she was blessed to spend her formative years studying in Damascus, Syria with both male and female scholars of the Qur’an, Islamic law, theology, and spirituality.
872 Arch Ave.
Chaska, Palo Alto, CA 55318