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Bearing Witness to Tragedy: Lessons From the Life of Sayyeda Zainab (as)

  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School 4301 East West Highway Bethesda, MD, 20814 United States (map)

As we mark the beginning of the month of Muharram, we invite you to a timely lecture delivered by Shereen Yousef.  In an era in which heightened awareness of injustices like sexual misconduct, police brutality, and family separations at the border is sparking national grassroots movements (#MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and #WhereAreTheChildren, among others), Shereen highlights the lessons to be learned from the example of Sayyeda Zainab (as), who witnessed, survived, and spread the message of tragedy.

The holy month of Muharram is the first month of the Hijri calendar and one of four sacred months alluded to in the Holy Quran. The month brings many important opportunities for reflection and deepening of one's spiritual connection to the lives and lessons of the Prophet (pbuh) and his family.

We hope to share this special program with you.  Dinner is provided.  We will also have a children's program available for youth ages 10 years and younger.

Shereen Yousuf is a fourth-year PhD student in the Rhetoric, Politics and Culture program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is interested in how ‘Muslimness’ is conceived within U.S. Muslim communities, and how this influences intra-Muslim relations along raced, classed, gendered, and sectarian lines. In particular, she is interested in how these relationships shape a wide range of community engagement practices, including respectability politics and healing justice work. Prior to moving to Madison, Shereen was an adjunct instructor for three years teaching courses in intercultural communication and public speaking. She has also been involved in youth work for the Twelver Shia community in the Chicago-land area for years.

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