Read on for upcoming MAS-SSF events and ongoing services. 
MAS-SSF the Lighthouse

MAS Social Services Foundation
3820 Auburn Blvd,
Suite 83
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 486-8626 

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In this issue:

Welcome from Board of Directors
Assalaamu ‘alaykum, and welcome to the MAS Social Services Foundation newsletter, the Lighthouse.  We are excited to share this electronic edition, reaching out to the community with updates on SSF programs and services and providing informational articles that may benefit you and your family.
In the past 6 months, SSF has collaborated with SALAM to provide a month-long series on marriage (Marriage: Beyond Rights and Responsibilities) and mental health issues (Smashing Social Stigmas: A Dialogue on Taboo Topics in the Muslim Community).  We also partner with organizations in the community such as the Shifa Community Clinic, My Sister’s House, the Children’s Receiving Home, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  We look forward to continuing to offer more courses and information, while providing faith-based peer counseling and support groups for particularly vulnerable members of our community.
Jazakumallahu khayran, and ‘Eid Mubarak!
Omar Ahmed
President, Board of Directors
MAS Social Services Foundation


Preparing Muslims for Marriage

By Aneesah Nadir
Reprinted from

Just as prevention has taken some time to become valued and recognized as an essential part of the service continuum, so too will marriage preparation education as prevention strategy take its time.

Most couples spend more time preparing for the wedding than they do preparing for the marriage. Premarital programs focus on preparation for the marriage and for a long and harmonious family life in service to Allah.

The naiveté and innocence of most young couples make it difficult for them to even imagine that they may experience challenges in their marriage. The reality is that marriage comes with some difficulties and some trials, so it is important that the young couple, their families and the community recognize the importance of comprehensive marriage preparation.

Allah knows when the time will be right and marriage preparation will catch on. As for now it seems to be a little bit ahead of its time and perhaps part of the wave of the future. Time will tell.

However, the primary goal of developing and implementing a marriage preparation program that results in stronger Muslim families who will, in turn, strengthen and renew the foundation of Islamic society through the 21st century should be of paramount concern.

Read more!

MAS-SSF offers pre-marital training for engaged and newlywed couples!
For more information, contact:
(916) 486-8626

Building Strong Family Relationships Through Communication
Presented By
Nassiba Cherif,
MFT Trainee
MAS Social Services Foundation
Friday, October 19th, 2012
MCYC Elk Grove
9412 Big Horn Blvd
Elk Grove, CA., 95758


Light Refreshments Will Be Provided
Effective communication is the foundation of healthy family relationships. Effective communication can enhance and strengthen family bonds and create a respectful and compassionate family environment. This workshop will provide an awareness and understanding of what constitutes effective communication by discussing some of the skills needed and will discuss its importance in marital and parental interactions.

MAS Social Services Foundation
is offering
Sisterhood of Support

Group meetings are held monthly
(Please contact for details)
at MAS Social Services Foundation
3820 Auburn Blvd, Suite 83
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 486-8626

Sisterhood of Support is a peer-led group formed to help divorced and widowed
Muslim Sisters. It is a safe, non-judgmental environment for sharing resources,
advice, swapping stories, venting, and supporting each other through times of
crisis and change, adjustment, healing and ultimately growth. Together we aim
to learn from shared experiences, provide a safe and confidential outlet to voice
frustrations and problems, and help each other flourish despite the challenges.
Please email: 
prior to attendance for
meetings date and time confirmation.

MAS Social Services Foundation
Muslim Youth: Connected

(for young men
13-18 years)

Second and fourth Saturday of
every month at 4 pm,
November 10, 2012
at MAS Social Services Foundation
3820 Auburn Blvd, Suite 83
Sacramento, CA 95821
Muslim Youth: Connected is a new and exciting group for our young men.  During our regular gatherings we explore what it means to grow up Muslim here and how to make it easier.  Mentors will facilitate discussions and activities exploring the positives, the challenges, and the questions on everyone's mind.  All are welcome to join us in this safe and confidential group.
Please call or email for more information
Walk-ins are welcome
Location may change depending on activity planned.
Please contact below for location confirmation.
(916) 486-8626

Millati Islami
“The Path of Peace”
Islamic Treatment for Addiction
Meetings held weekly
At MAS Social Services Foundation
 call/email for details

3820 Auburn Blvd, Suite 83
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 486-8626
O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper. Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain? (Surah 5: Ayat 90-91)


Muslim American Society
Social Services Foundation

3820 Auburn Blvd, Suite 83
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 486-8626