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5 Before Five

Planning for Black Muslim Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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May 9, 2020, 1:30pmEST |  Zoom Webinar

The Prophet ﷺ advised to: “Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death

(Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al-Hakim)

As we navigate the sobering reality of the coronavirus pandemic, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to plan for our emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial wellness. Yet, at the same time, we know that preparing for the unknown helps put ourselves and our families at ease. We also draw on the Prophetic saying, "Trust in Allah, but tie your camel too" (Tirmidhi).  During the blessed month of Ramadan, the National Black Muslim COVID Coalition is proud to bring together four experts who will provide practical tools to prepare for emotional, physical, spiritual wellness, as well as financial preparedness during the pandemic.  Our panelists will offer insight into tending to our faith, as well as physical, mental, and financial health and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions related to these matters in small breakout groups

Some questions they will answer include:

●       How is our emotional wellness being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

●       With the disproportionate Black mortality rate, many are talking about advanced directives.

          Can you tell us what it is and what should go in it?

●       What are the best practices in financial planning during the pandemic?

●       What is a wellness plan, and why does it matter while we are practicing social distancing?


Moderator: Margari Hill 

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Imam Johari Abdul-Malik 

  • Shareefah AlUqdah, PhD | Founder of Your Neighborhood Clinic

  • Qadira Ali Huff, MD, MPH | Pediatrician and Lifestyle Medicine Physician; Founder, Sprouting Wellness

  • Jamal Hutchinson, MPA |  co-founder of J & J Financial Planning 

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Margari A. Hill

Executive Director | Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative

Co-founder and Executive Director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a human rights education organization focused on building the capacity for racial justice in Muslim communities and training allied communities on the intersections of systemic racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia. She is also a blogger, editor, and freelance writer published in How We Fight White Supremacy (2018) Time, Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera English. She has six years full-time experience working full-time in community organizations and over 15 years as an educator in various capacities including instructor, curriculum design, school policy, teacher training, and online learning as well as graduate research assistant and teaching fellow in Middle East, African, and Islamic history. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Santa Clara University in 2003 and master’s in History of the Middle East and Islamic Africa from Stanford University in 2006.  Her research includes transformations in Islamic education, colonial surveillance in Northern Nigeria, anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, interethnic relations  in Muslim communities, and the criminalization of Black Muslims. She has given talks and lectures in various universities and community centers throughout the country.

Twitter: @Margari_Aziza

IG: Margari.Hill

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Imam Johari Abdul-Malik

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik has served as the Director of Outreach at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, the first Muslim Chaplain at Howard University (HU) and is the former Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. The Imam has also served as the chair of government relations for the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) and was the founding President of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of Washington, DC.  He continues to serve on the board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, one of the nations first organisations of its kind with over 11 faith traditions. 

In College he became a Black activist, musician, practiced transcendental mediation (TM) and vegetarianism. In Graduate school, Allah showed him the light of Islam. He served as the President of MSA at Howard University and later the University’s first Muslim Chaplain, known nationally for his fundraising efforts for masjids, schools and relief and support organizations.  Imam Johari and along with Rev. Graylan Hagler started the Ramadan Feed-the-Needy Program in Washington, DC feeding over 100 hundred homeless women of all faiths nightly during the holy month of fasting.

African-American born (mother from Northern Louisiana and father from Barbados, West Indies) and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Educated at Howard University with a BS Chemistry and a MS Genetics and Human Genetics. Completed Clinical Post Graduate Training Program in Bioethics at Georgetown University Kennedy Center for Ethics.  Doctoral work in Bioethics/Genetics. He has studied at Hartford Seminary and took his CPE certification from the Jewish Theological Seminary, NYC.


Twitter: @imamjohari

Instagram: @imamjohari

Facebook: @imamjohari786

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Dr. Shareefah Al-Uqdah

Founder & Chief Psychologist, Your Neighborhood Clinic

Associate Professor, Howard University

Shareefah N. Al’Uqdah, PhD, has a long-standing commitment to mental health and improving the behavioral health outcomes of minorities. As an Associate Professor at Howard University, she helps educate future psychologists to ensure that mental health professionals are culturally competent scientist practitioners. She is an avid researcher of issues that impact urban families, which includes intimate partner abuse, community violence, and parenting behaviors.  Dr. Shareefah is also committed to exploring the intersectionality of the African American Muslim identity.  Dr. Shareefah has published in several scholarly outlets and presents at national scientific conferences. She speaks on various issues related to mental wellness, parenting, community violence, substance abuse, and self-esteem building. She is also the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of a not for profit mental health agency, called Your Neighborhood Clinic. Moreover, she is a loving wife and mother to four sons.

Instagram: @yourneighborhoodpsychologist

Facebook: @YourNeighborhoodPsychologist

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Dr. Qadira Ali Huff

Pediatrician & Lifestyle Medicine Physician 

Dr. Qadira Ali Huff, MD, MPH, FAAP, DipABLM is a double-board certified physician in

pediatrics and lifestyle medicine. She practices primary care pediatrics in Washington, DC with a slant towards preventive medicine. She completed her medical training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and pediatrics residency at Children’s National Hospital. While at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, she completed a Master of Public Health in policy with a research focus on food systems and health disparities. In her practice, Dr. Huff integrates lifestyle medicine into every visit through discussion on how lifestyle habits affect virtually every health concern. She loves coaching families on how to build healthy foundations through physical activity, nutrition, and stress management, among other strategies. In addition to her primary care role, Dr. Huff founded a business - Sprouting Wellness - to coach families along the journey towards adopting healthier lifestyles.

Dr. Huff is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). She is the

founder of Hyattsville, Maryland Chapter of Walk With A Doc, a community-based walking program to encourage physical activity and health literacy. She serves on the board of Maryland MENTOR. She is the former Lead Committee co-chair of the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Oral Health.


Instagram: @qadirahuffmd / @sproutingwellnessmd

Twitter: @qadirahuffmd


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Jamal Hutchinson

J and J Planning Network

Jamal Hutchinson of Nashville is a humble and respected man of God. He is a man with influence and connected to resources in the Nashville community. He is a husband and father of five children. He is a mentor, entrepreneur, and educator. Jamal is also a yoga instructor and financial educator.

Some of the businesses Jamal manages are J and J Planning Network, Yoga With Professa, and Beats and Yoga. J & J Planning Network Planning offers a leadership development program to train people how to develop a business around financial education. They provide a free financial education for individuals and businesses. “We help people become entrepreneurs in our industry and offer wealth building strategies for now and beyond, all for free. We help people protect their money from loss. Our services are geared for people who want a tax-free retirement, protection on their assets, and individuals looking to start a new career and become financially free. Our vision is to inspire, empower, and provide one million people through North America with a financial education and strategies that will help individuals, families, and businesses prosper, grow, and make a positive impact in the world,” he says.

J & J Planning Network was manifested from the need and desire to become financially free. Jamal started in January 2016. At the time he had experienced a couple of layoffs. His job in higher education did not provide any room for growth for his salary and personal development. Becoming an entrepreneur in the same industry unlocked doors for personal development and leadership development. Now, he can control his time and income.

Yoga With Professa began after he completed his teacher training in November 2014. He wanted to offer private and group lessons to individuals, nonprofits, and business as a way for people to learn how to practice meditation, learn techniques to destress, use yoga as an alternative for working out, and to practice mindfulness.

He also hopes to become better at his craft and inspire people to live their dreams to the fullest. He hopes to create content to explain concepts about his business and the journey of entrepreneurship.

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