Dealing with Divorce and Keeping it Civil

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Show Summary:

Tune in to tonight's program where we delve into the topic of divorce. Yes divorce happens, but is it possible to keep the family together?

Executive Producer: Abdul Malik Mujahid

Host(s): Janaan Hashim

Producer: Afra Siddiqui


Hooman Keshavarzi Khalil Center

Hooman Keshavarzi is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology and a Bachelors of Science alongside a specialist psychology track/minor in Islamic Studies. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Argosy University Chicago, American Islamic College, Hartford Seminary, instructor of psychology at Islamic Online University and founder/director of Khalil Center, a community spiritual & mental wellness center. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the Global Health Center, conducting research on topics related to Muslims and Mental Health. Hooman Keshavarzi is a national public speaker and trainer currently serving as a Clinical supervisor of graduate students of clinical psychology at the Village of Hoffman Estates (DHS). He also delivers seminars on specialized topics around multiculturalism and psychology.

Amy Ezeldin Ezeldin Law Firm

Ms. Ezeldin is a Depaul law graduate and owner of Ezeldin Law Firm. She has been practicing law for more than 12 years in the Chicagoland area with a focus in the areas of family law. You can find more information at

Hamzah Maqbul The Muslim Association of Greater Rockford

Shaykh Hamzah Wald Maqbul was born in Whittier, California, and lived in Southern California until the age of ten when he moved to Blaine, Washington. After graduating from Blaine High School, he went on to attend the University of Washington and in 2004 completed a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelors of Arts in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. 

After graduation Hamzah went on to pursue traditional Islamic studies, which took him to a number of countries, including Syria and Egypt where he studied the Arabic language, Morocco, Mauritania, and UAE, where he studied the madhab of Imām Mālik, grammar, usūl al-hadīth, and the two renditions of the qira’ah of Imām Nafi‘, Warsh and Qalun, and finally Pakistan where he had the opportunity to study tafseer, usūl al-ḥadīth, ḥadīth, ‘ilm al-rijāl and Hanafī fiqh. All of these studies culminated in him receiving an ijāzat al-tadrīs, literally meaning “a license to teach,” which is the equivalent in Pakistani Islamic seminaries to a MA in Arabic and Islamic studies, as well as an unbroken chain of transmission by which to narrate the ḥadīth of such books as the Muwaṭṭa’ of Imām Mālik, the Ṣiḥaḥ al-Sittah (Bukhārī, Muslim, Abū Dawūd, Tirmidhī, Nasā’ī and Ibn Mājah), and the Sharḥ Maʿānī al-Athār of Imam al-Taḥāwī.

After his return to America he spent five years as the resident scholar of the Thawr Institute, a non-profit religious and educational organization based in Seattle, Washington. In parallel with his work at Thawr, he was worked closely with Islamic Relief, CAIR Seattle, and a number of other non-profit organizations that serve the Muslim Community.

From 2012 through 2014 he was an instructor at Darul Qasim, an institute for higher Islamic studies in Glen Ellyn, IL. At Darul Qasim, he taught Naḥū (Arabic Syntax), Ṣarf (Arabic Morphology), Mālikī fiqh, ʿAqīdah (Creed), Ḥadīth Studies, Qur’ānic Studies, and Sīrah (Prophetic Biography). 

Since the beginning of 2015 he has taken the position of Imām with the Muslim Association of Greater Rockford’s mosque in Rockford, Illinois. Throughout his time in America, he has been teaching, giving khuṭbas in masjids, and traveling through America promoting seeking sacred knowledge and the practice of the prophetic sunnah. He is currently the Assistant Director of Darul Qasim, an institute of higher Islamic learning and research based in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he has been since engaged in research, writing, and teaching. 



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