Each session will be for maximum of 90 minutes, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
Each session will start from 10am to 11.30am on Wednesdays.
The course will be delivered by Kaushar Tai, Director of Aksaa.
Session 1 – Introduction to Islam: Wednesday 8.7.20 – 10.00 am to 11.30 am
- A better understanding of the basic beliefs & practices.
- Five Pillars of Islam
- Articles of Faith
- Two Sources of Guidance – The meaning of Sharia Law?
- The difference between Islam and Culture
- Adhan the Call to Prayer and its meaning
- The Prophet’s pbuh Character
- Some Sayings of the Prophet pbuh
Optional Pre-Course Material: Booklet on – Introduction to Islam and Muslim Culture – by Kaushar Tai (Please complete Quiz on pages 3 & 4)
Session 2 – Virtual Tour of the Mosque: Wednesday 15.7.20 – 10.00 am to 11.30 am
- Features of a Mosque
- Virtual Tour of a Mosque
- The Prayer Time Table
- Islamic Artefacts
- Activities of a Mosque
Optional Pre-Course Material: Virtual tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE: https://www.p4panorama.com/Gallery.aspx/grand-mosque-abu-dhabi-360-virtual-tour/
Session 3 – Purpose of Life in Islam: 22 July 20 – 10.00 am to 11.30 am
- Key aspects in the Purpose of Life in Islam
- Purpose of Life in the Quran
- Muslim beliefs – Predestination
- Human beings are born in Fitra – innate nature
- Every creation has a creator – God is not in need of anything
- The Big Bang theory – Signs for those who understand
Optional Pre-Course Material: The Dream of Life – By Yasmin Mogahed, The Purpose of Life from an Islamic Perspective – By Sheima Sumer, What is the Purpose of Life? – pamphlet from website http://islamicpamphlets.com/purpose-of-life, Purpose of Life Video Links.
Session 4 – Islam and Mental Health: 29 July 20 – 10.00 am to 11.30 am
- Community & Cultural understanding and attitudes towards mental illness
- Support and recovery available within the Muslim community
- What support do people experiencing mental health get from their families and friends?
- The psychological impact on Muslims from Islamophobia – mainly Muslim Youth, and the constant negative portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the media
- How the Quran can be used as a guide to those suffering from emotional distress and turmoil
- How to effectively engage and work with Muslim communities and challenge biases or stereotypes held by way of case studies
- The belief in ‘jinn’ (spiritual beings), spirit possession and black magic, and whether such beliefs can have harmful consequences for the mental health of Muslims
- Barriers to accessing mainstream healthcare service
Spirit in Mind – NHS and faith communities working together for better mental health: www.spiritinmind.org.uk
For further information, please contact Mike Gartland, Head of Pastoral & Spiritual Care, SWYP NHS Trust: 01924 316282, or Kaushar Tai – Director, Aksaa: 0781 3811914.
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