Reproductive Justice, Bodily Autonomy, and Islamic Values
A Discussion with HEART
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 · 12 - 1:15 PM
This event features Sabreen Mohammed, Manager of Health Education
and Training at HEART. HEART (Health Education, Advocacy, Research & Training) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization with a mission to advance reproductive justice and uproot gendered violence by establishing access and choice for the most impacted Muslims. Their vision is a world where all Muslims are safe and exercise self determination over their reproductive lives and thrive in the communities they live, work and pray in.
During the panel, Mohammed will provide an overview of the key reproductive justice issues that intersect with Muslim communities and offer an understanding of Islamic values such as Khilafah (Moral Agency), Hurma (Sacred Inviolability), Ridha (Fullness of Choice), and Rahma (compassion) as they relate to our reproductive justice framework.
The discussion will aim to:
- Explore how Muslims can use their faith as a tool of empowerment with respect to decision-making about their bodies.
- Investigate the intersectionality of American Muslims (anti-blackness, class, islamophobia, etc.) and how it affects Muslims reproductive healthcare seeking behaviors.
- Explore the concepts of Khilafah (Moral Agency), Hurma (Sacred Inviolability), Ridha (Fullness of Choice), and Rahma (compassion) and provide HEART’s reproductive justice definition.
- Demonstrate the ways our reproductive justice framework responds to violence against those who are most impacted in our communities.
- Demonstrate how our reproductive justice framework can be used to safeguard bodily autonomy.
- Connect the rise of restrictive laws that prevent individuals from exercising full bodily autonomy as a violation of reproductive rights.
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