121. Asma Hanif (Exec. Director, Muslimat An-Nisaa)


Sister Asma Hanif is a mother, community health activist, a professor, student and entrepreneur. In 2005 she was elected as the first female Chairperson of the Coordinating Council Muslim Organizations, (CCMO) of DC/MD/VA.

She has been a practicing Muslim for over 25 years, graduated from Howard University, and the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife, Naturopathic Physician,  Clinical Herbologist and Natural Childbirth Instructor.   She teaches workshops on “How To Prevent Breast Cancer Through Diet and Self-Breast Exams”, “Fertility Awareness – How To Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy”, “Maintaining Vaginal Health Naturally”, as well as authored a rape prevention pamphlet entitled, “What A Woman Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Her”.  In 1995, she established Al-Nisaa, Wholistic Health, Education and Social Services Center, a faith-based practice, in order to provide health services for  underserved and uninsured women and children.  She believes that every man, woman and child has a right to receive quality care in a dignified manner, and to be assisted in the achievement of optimal health and well-being, regardless of race, creed, or socio-economic level.




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