The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“Be merciful to those on earth, so the One above the heavens will be merciful to you”.
RAHMA addresses HIV, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) prevention, sexual health, and gender-based violence (GBV) through education, advocacy, and empowerment. We envision a world where marginalized and vulnerable populations feel safe within their communities regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status, faith, or lived experiences.
Timeline of Accomplishments
RAHMA was founded.
RAHMA became a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
We joined the effort to end FGM/C in the United States.
Our founder was invited to White House and met President Barack Obama.
We founded National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
We released a FGM/C toolkit with The George Washington University to empower FGM/C survivors and provide resources for Health Care Proivders.
National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day became federally recognized.
I founded RAHMA with the intent of addressing HIV and AIDS in the American Muslim community. When I was in college, I worked as a student nurse at a local hospital. There I met a Muslim man living with AIDS. When he first arrived on our floor, he wasn’t in great spirits and many times lashed out at the nurses. I said to myself, I do not want to be assigned to him and be on the receiving end. One day I came into work and of course I was. I walked into his room, introduced myself and said I was here to help. He looked at me and I felt like he was staring into my soul. We connected and as I cared for him our the following weeks, he shared with me how he felt ostracized from his own community, the Muslim community, and not welcome due to his status. This broke my heart and I realized growing up, we never talked about Sexual Health in my community, never mind HIV or AIDS. He inspired me to begin my journey on addressing HIV stigma. Soon thereafter I learned my 19 year old friend was living with HIV. I decided to organize the first AIDS Awareness Week on my college campus and I haven’t look back since!
RAHMA has since involved to address HIV stigma in all faith communities and other public health concerns as well such as Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) prevention, sexual health and gender based violence. Join us and help us to continue making an impact in this world, one step at a time.