Updates for Week 7, Fall Quarter
Has someone ever put you on the spot regarding your faith? Have you felt uncomfortable asking your professor to leave for Friday prayer or delaying an exam for Eid? We are often faced with difficult situations concerning our Muslim identity and are unsure how to respond. As a part of a larger series, the Markaz will be hosting "Difficult Conversations," a conversational space where we will present different scenarios, hear one another's perspectives, and discuss potential ways to respond. Feedback will be elicited beforehand from a panel of community leaders, scholars, and academics regarding the scenarios to help enrich our discussion. 
These sessions will be tailored to YOUR interests.
Fill out this anonymous form with scenarios/questions you would like to see discussed:
The first session will be held on Thursday, November 12th at 4:30 pm PST, mark your calendars! Zoom RSVP will be sent next week, keep an eye out!
AFTERZOOM CHAI: What is Home To You?
Tuesday, October 27 at 3:30 PM PST
Join us tomorrow on Tuesday, October 27th for a community conversation on home and what it means to us. We’ll be talking about food, traditions, stories, friends, and family. Bring some tea, as well as your favorite memories, stories, and traditions! All are welcome.  Zoom link here and always available at
CHAI CHAT: Halal Investing for Students
Monday, November 2 at 5:30 PM PST
Join us for this quarter’s Chai Chat to learn more about Islamic finance, halal investing, and how to lead a productive financial life with our guests, Saad Malik and Joe Bradford. Saad Malik is the co-founder and CEO of Zoya, a powerful stock screener and research tool that helps you build an Islamic stock portfolio with confidence and clarity. Joe Bradford is an American scholar of Islam, and holds a Master of Islamic Law from the University of Medina. Working as an Ethical Finance Advisor to individuals and institutions, Joe is one of the few experts on issues involving Muslims and Finance in North America. Register Here:
[10/27] TALK: Interview with Poet Mourid Barghouti RSVP
[10/29] TALK: The Muslim Vote RSVP
[10/29] DISCUSSION: Halal-O-ween: Jinn Stories with MSU RSVP
[10/29] CONFERENCE: The Life and Work of Shahrokh Meskoob RSVP
[11/5] TALK : Iranian Women: The Achilles heel of the Islamic Republic of Iran RSVP
[11/10] TALK: "Thinking with Islamic Things" with Anna Bigelow RSVP
[11/11] TALK: Islamic Humanitarian Law and Islamic Armed Groups RSVP
[11/20] TALK: The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East RSVP
Complete this survey as an organization leader. Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE) is working to best support student organizations with resources for financial management during COVID. Those who will out the survey will be randomly entered to win a $10 gift card. Complete the survey here.

Join REFUGE: Queerness, Spirituality, and Religion. REFUGE is an interfaith community for any LGBTQIA+ identifying person who is asking questions of what it means to be spiritual and/or religious. This community welcomes all people, from every background and walk of life, to join them in their collective exploration in a setting of love, kinship, and solidarity. Sign up here.

Attend Acts of Intolerance (AOI) Listening Session. Support ongoing racial justice advocacy efforts by attending the session on Thursday, October 29th and sharing your experiences and feedback on Stanford's AOI Protocol directly with university staff. Open to the entire Stanford community. To submit anonymous stories: To RSVP for the Zoom event:
CAPSConnects: Counseling Sessions with Dr. Enas Dakwar

Dr. Dakwar's hours will be on Tuesdays starting this week. There will be 30-minute slots available between 3-5PM PST. Find more information here.
Spiritual Support: One-on-one sessions with Dr. Rania Awaad
Have questions on Islam? Or want to speak to a qualified Muslim psychiatrist on mental health needs? Sign up for one-on-one session with Dr. Rania Awaad.
Well-being: Coaching Sessions with Maija Cruz

Maija works to support students who want to clarify their goals and create movement towards a sustainable, authentic self. Sign up for coaching with Maija here.
You can always find an updated list of resources on the well-being page at Digital Markaz or reach out to any member of staff with your questions!
Sarah is a senior majoring in Political Science. She is from Upland, CA and is one of our Community Advocates on the Education team.

"The Markaz to me means community. It means comfort. It means being able to bring your full, unadulterated self and being wholly appreciated and supported. What I miss most about the Markaz are the casual encounters and conversations that happen all the time when you run into a friend in the center. My favorite quarantine activities have been painting and picnicking!"
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