Anti-Racism as a Spiritual Practice

Sponsored by Stanford Office for Religious & Spiritual Life, Bucknell Muslim Student Association & Stanford Muslim Student Union


Wednesday, February 24, 2021
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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Join us for a conversation on Anti-Racism as a Spiritual Practice: Reflection on Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) from the Quran featuring Amina Darwish (Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life and Advisor for Muslim Life at Stanford University) and Muhammad Ali (Muslim Chaplain at Bucknell University).

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Speaker Bios:

Muhammad Ali is a child of African American converts to Islam from the Northeastern United States. He has an extensive educational background beginning as a child at the American Institute of Quranic Studies in Blanco, Texas. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and dual master’s degrees in Divinity/Muslim Chaplaincy and Islamic Education from Bayan Claremont College. He has been an assistant imam, resident Imam and teacher in Durham, N.C., and in the Bay Area in California. Muhammad completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and worked as a Muslim Chaplain in the California State Prison System. He is currently the Muslim Chaplain at Bucknell University.

Amina Darwish, "Imamina", is the Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life and Advisor for Muslim Life at Stanford University. She previously served as the first full time Muslim Life Coordinator at Columbia University. Dr. Darwish has a decade of professional experience working with Muslim community. She also brings years of experience building and serving in nonprofit organizations. Dr. Darwish brings a unique blend of understanding the different cultures within the Muslim community while staying grounded in traditional Islamic scholarship.

She earned a Ph.D. in Chemical engineering before switching careers to follow her true passion for community building. She remains passionate about including ethics, meaning, and service into STEM disciplines. Dr. Darwish strives to always create a culture or openness and consistent kindness into the communities she serves. She earned ijazas, traditional Islamic studies certifications, from the Qalam and Critical Loyalty seminaries including an ijaza in the ten Qira’at. Dr. Darwish has studied individually under different scholars from different parts of the world and has taught college level coursework on Islam and Muslims.