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Case Management Training Held in Indianapolis

Case Management Training Held in Indianapolis

by Ismail Abdul-Aleem

National SHARE Center Director, James Abu Jamal Teague, conducted MANA’s first regional Case Management training Saturday, June 6, 2009, at Masjid Al-Fajr in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Case management training is essential to the staff and volunteers of MANA’s SHARE Centers where programs and social services will be monitored by case management principals.

Teague has over 40 years experience serving the needs of Essex County, New Jersey, and is passionate about providing social assistance to the urban communities from the guidance of the Qur’an and the exemplary example of our beloved Prophet (pbuh).  He has provided technical assistance in the development of the existing MANA SHARE Centers.

An acronym for “Services for Human Advancement and Resource Enhancement”, SHARE Centers are social service and advocacy institutions that serve and advocate for the physical and spiritual needs of the Muslim community by providing the tools, guidance, and services recipients need in order to become healthy, whole and righteous human beings.

SHARE Centers have been established in Detroit, Indianapolis, Richmond, Atlanta, Lexington, and Newark, and are at various stages of development. Representatives of SHARE Indianapolis, Detroit, and Lexington attended the case management training as well as other non-SHARE participants from Chicago, Atlanta, and three cities in Indiana - Anderson, Fort Wayne, and Muncie.

During the case management training, Ismail Abdul-Aleem, MANA’s Community Reentry Director, talked about the need for SHARE Centers to proactively prepare for the thousands of men and women who are incarcerated and identify themselves as Muslims.   Assisting their successful transition back into society is an essential component of promoting self-sufficiency and empowerment, and can be the new beginning that leads to a promising future -- a future that is led by their faith and trust in Allah and their understanding, practice, and adherence to the principles of Islam.  

Islamically Based Social Services

The need for Islamically based social services such as those offered through SHARE Centers is critical. While most traditional social service providers in the U.S. lack essential knowledge of the various religious and culture components that impact the lives of Muslims in America, Muslim providers can help fill this gap.  Likewise, traditional providers usually administer social services from a top down approach, dictating to service recipients, whereas an Islamic approach strategically builds upon the their strengths. Furthermore, Muslim social service providers have an advantage over traditional agencies when they employ true Islamic standards. This advantage is the pursuit of excellence and moral uprightness. Assistance provided by Muslim social service providers should be guided by taqwa—love for, obedience to, and fear of Allah, Most High.  In Surah Al Maun, Allah warns us against being morally neglectful of our duty and responsibility to assist those in need. He says:

Seest thou one who denies the Judgment (to come)?
Then such is the (man) who repulses the orphan (with harshness),
And encourages not the feeding of the indigent.
So woe to the worshippers
Who are neglectful of their prayers,
Those who (want but) to be seen (of men),
But refuse (to supply) (even) neighbourly needs.

 

Networking to Empower the Muslim Community

MANA’s commitment to “networking to empower the Muslim community” really comes to life within the structure of its SHARE Centers.   It is through networking that the efficacy of SHARE Center programs and social services are greatly enhanced and promoted.  Through collaboration, Centers will work within a system of existing agencies in order to provide referrals, avoid duplication of services, allocate limited resources to those who have the greatest need, and most importantly, to represent Islam and Muslims.  

MANA will continue to have regional training sessions for SHARE Center staff and volunteers.  Plans are underway for the next case management training to be held in the southeast region in Atlanta.
And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah's favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.

Quran: 3:103
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