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Core Religious Beliefs and Values among Muslims

Dr Ali explains the significance of religious beliefs and values in the lives of Muslims, and why mental health practitioners should be aware

In this video Dr Ali explains the significance of religious beliefs and values in the lives of Muslims, and why it is useful for mental health practitioners to be aware of these.

This step is presented by Maulana Dr Mansur Ali, an Islamic scholar, and Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cardiff University. Dr Ali is one of the course educators for Understanding Muslim Mental Health.

These core Islamic beliefs are:

  • Tawhid (God’s Oneness and Unity)
  • belief that the Prophet Muhammad is the final Prophet of Allah
  • Akhira (the hereafter/life after death)
  • Shariah (the Muslim code of life).

Dr Ali then highlights some aspects of Muslim life that practitioners might note as distinctive when working with Muslim communities because of their religious beliefs.

In the next step, Dr Ali describes and explains core religious practices among Muslims.

Over to you

Dr Ali highlights some of the differences that practitioners may see among Muslims because of their religious beliefs (you might find it helpful to remind yourself by looking at the slide at 06:30).

Have you come across any of these differences when providing mental health support, how did you deal with them? Take a look to see if others have had similar experiences, or if you can provide any advice to others.

Make a note in your reflective diary if you come across any interesting questions or scenarios and think about how you would deal with them.

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