Muslim Wellness Foundation
Grant Type: General Operating
Duration: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Muslim Wellness Foundation is dedicated to promoting healing and wellbeing while reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, addiction, and trauma through dialogue, education, and training.
Mental health literacy is a central aspect of holistic health in the Muslim community, and Muslim Wellness Foundation employs a spiritually grounded approach to wellness, emphasizing the importance of addressing sociocultural stressors—including violence, bigotry, and racism—that can lead to diminished well-being. The philosophy of Muslim Wellness Foundation is that racial oppression and discrimination are forms of violence that inevitably lead to trauma and stress. Therefore, these factors and their impact on the lives of community members must be addressed explicitly. In commemoration of Muslim Wellness Foundation’s decade of grounding-breaking work, in 2021 they established the Omar ibn Said Institute for Black Muslim Studies & Research, focused on Black Muslim health, healing, and community building. The Institute houses major MWF initiatives including the Black Muslim Psychology Conference (BMPC), Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders Fellowship (DREL), and National Black Muslim COVID Coalition.
Year founded: 2011
Location: Philadelphia, PA