September 13th, 2009
Muslims in Repentance, the substance abuse program of Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. hosted the event:
Raising Awareness About Substance Abuse in the Muslim Community
The powerful event was held at the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood on 113th St. in Harlem and attracted a near capacity- audience.
Presenters discussed the pervasiveness of substance abuse in Muslim and American communities and their effects on families, children and society. Presenters also offered an Islamic framework for overcoming the challenges faced by substance abuse in ourselves and in our communities. A number of presenters shared their personal stories of overcoming the evils of substance abuse through faith, support and hard work.
The event ended with a presentation of the Millati al Islami substance abuse support group that is the only such Islamic support group operating in a mosque in New York City. Millati al Islami has been successful and serves as a model for other Muslim communities and establishments throughout the city.
Photographs by Jamaal