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Why is it important to recognise diversity among Muslims?

Why is it important to recognise diversity among Muslims?

In this step, Dr Yusuf explains why it is important for practitioners who provide mental health support to recognise diversity among Muslims.

There can be significant differences between Muslims in their levels of religiosity. For example, how important religion beliefs are in their everyday life, or how frequently they pray. Religious practices and beliefs of Muslims were described in Activity 4: ‘Muslims in Britain’.

And, as you learnt in Activity 5, Muslims are subject to different surrounding circumstances for example, because of experiences of migration or their socio-economic circumstances. These factors can affect both their experiences of mental health, and of mental support.

Dr Yusuf reminds practitioners not to make assumptions about the importance of religion in the lives of Muslims. He recommends that practitioners are patient, or service-user led, and advocates the use of guided questions. Through asking these questions, it can become possible for practitioners to understand if, and how, bio-psycho-social and spiritual factors are causing mental health problems.

Over to you

Can you think of a simple question you could ask to find out more about someone’s religious beliefs and practices? Try asking a friend or colleague this question. Share your question, and your experience of asking the question in the comments below.

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