Director of Public Relations & Community Affairs
Ms. Sudan is the first and only Muslim woman to be certified as a domestic violence specialist in the entire State of New Jersey. Sa’idah Sudan is a hospital emergency department worker and a domestic violence counselor. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the support and referral center (Arabic for “House of Protection”) in November, 2003 and is located in Newark, New Jersey. Baitul Hemayah was created to make it easier for Muslim and Immigrant women to reach out for help. Sa’idah Sudan is an activist and a deeply committed advocate for the civil rights of Muslim, Non-Muslim and Immigrant women alike. She works effortlessly on behalf of victims of domestic violence, has collaborated with manyh spiritual leaders and communities across the nations. Workshops are conducted to raise levels of awareness. Her enthusiasm inspired Muslims to become proactive in their own communities, resulting in the development of domestic violence organizations and victims resources in many Muslim communities, Sa’idah focuses on Women’s issues and safety for children.
Baitul Hemayah, Inc., is an organization solely devoted to ending domestic violence in the Muslim, Non-Muslim and Immigrant families by raising awareness for the communities and spiritual leaders by providing cultural sensitivity trainings for professionals and developing resources and conducting research. Sa’idah has held the position as Essex County Domestic Violence Task Force Coordinator while Baitul Hemayah continues to address domestic violence issues, based upon the Quran and the Sunnah and with Islamically grounded programs to engender family dynamics and domestic violence awareness. In addition, Culture Sensitivity Training for service providers and professional’s service Islamic clientele’s provided.
Baitul Hemayah, Inc.’s philosophy relies on incorporating our cultural affinities, or capabilities, and the most empowering practices from both the Quran, Sunnah and American Cultures. The staff offers advice, as well as offering a helping hand and a sisterly ear for the purpose of lending support and circulating information women need to make their own decisions.
Our mission is to empower women in order to confront the cycles of domestic violence, abuse, exploitation and ignorance. We strive to build a movement that works to end violence against women. The mission of Baitul Hemayah, Inc. is to prevent the occurrence of, as well as intervene on behalf of victims of domestic abuse and/or violence to assure that they get all available services and resources intended to ameliorate the consequences to address the cause of domestic abuse and violence.
Baitul Hemayah is an anti-domestic violence agency for domestic violence and abused women. We believe that Islam should never be used for abusive behavior or as an excuse to beat and/or coerce women; conversely, we believe that Islam should be used as a resource to prevent abuse and violence against women.
We recognize that there are many cultures that believe and perpetuate violence, and this is why we seek to change those attitudes and beliefs through Islamic teachings, promoting justice, and ensuring freedom from oppression and family harmony.
Our mission is to promote awareness regarding domestic violence and abuse and working towards ending ALL types of abuse in Muslim, Non-Muslim and Immigrant families.
- To provide cultural sensitivity trainings for service providers and professionals.
- To conduct research regarding domestic violence in Muslim, Non-Muslim and Immigrant families.
- To work towards ending all types of abuse, including emotional, spiritual, physical, sexual and religious abuse in the families.
- To develop and disseminate educational resources regarding abuse in the Muslim, Non-Muslim and Immigrant communities.