For Educational Settings

We offer spiritual tools and resources for educational institutions.


The Concept of Compassionate Engagement in Islam
An overview of Spiritual Care from an Islamic perspective (Nazila Isgandarova).

Constructing Campus Conflict: Antisemitism and Islamophobia on U.S. College Campuses, 2007-2011
An overview and study on Antisemitism and Islamophobia on U.S. college campuses which argues that these can and should be challenged (Political Research Associates).

Debating Form and Function in Muslim Women’s Leadership   
A article proposing that American Muslims ensure responsible religious leadership by allowing the function they want performed to determine the positions and institutions they create, and support the men and women best able to perform these functions (Ingrid Mattson, Hartford Seminary).

Effective Islamic Spiritual Care: Foundations and Practices of Imams and Other Muslim Spiritual Caregivers
This study examines the effectiveness of Muslim spiritual caregivers in the context of Canadian Muslims’ health care and proposes means of improving it (Nazila Isgandarova).

An Emerging Model of Muslim Leadership: Chaplaincy on University Campuses
During the last couple of decades, a new model of Muslim leadership has emerged in the United States: the institution of Muslim chaplaincy. This study seeks to provide an overview of this institution on university campuses.

Faith Leadership through Chaplaincy: Experiences from Muslim Communities
Summaries of issues and recommendations from consultations with chaplains, sector leaders and communities (Faith Matters).

Guidelines for Imams Assisting an Abusive Person
An essential list of “dos and don’ts” when assisting an abusive person (FaithTrust Institute).

Guidelines for Imams Dealing With Victims of Domestic Violence
An essential list of “dos and don’ts” when assisting a victim of domestic violence (FaithTrust Institute).

Islam and the Cultural Imperative
An article focused on the role of culture in classical Islamic law and societies and how the creation of a distinct American Muslim culture may spring forward from the richness of our past (Umar F. Abd-Allah, Nawawi Foundation, 2004).

Living Islam with Purpose
An extensive article proposing “five operational principles” to guide the present and further development of American Muslim communities: Trusting Reason, Respecting Dissent, Stressing Societal Obligations, Setting Priorities, and Embracing Maxims (Umar F. Abd-Allah, Nawawi Foundation, 2007).

The New Role of Muslim Chaplains
An article looking at the growth of Islamic chaplaincy positions at universities (Christian Science Monitor; January 18, 2005).

Pastoral Care in Higher Education: Muslim Involvement in the History of Chaplaincy (UK) 
An overview of the history of Muslim chaplains working in educational settings within the UK (Asqar Halim Rajput).

A Practical Guide to Giving Friday Sermons 
A brief guide providing the essential fiqh and integrals of the Friday sermon (khutba), as well as some prophetic practices and practical advice on public speaking (Amjad Tarsin, 2012).

The Role of Faith Community Leaders in Preventing Suicide
This 9-page printable booklet published by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides basic information to help faith community leaders recognize and respond to people who may be suicidal or at high risk. It also contains a list of relevant resource materials and organizations.


The Calling
A four-hour documentary series that follows seven Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians, and Jews on a dramatic journey as they train to become professional clergy (see video clip of chaplain Bilal Ansari).

Muslim Leadership in America & The Role of the Muslim Chaplain  
A lecture given by Chaplain Ibrahim Long which speaks to some of the common issues faced by Muslim youth and how a Muslim chaplain can help (University of Massachusetts, Amherst; March 13, 2012).

Educational Chaplaincy Organizations

National Association of College and University Chaplains
A multifaith professional community concerned with the religious life of the entire college or university.

Association of Campus Muslim Chaplains
An organization for Muslim chaplains working in an educational institution in North America.

Association of Muslim Chaplains in Education
An organization for Muslim chaplains working in an educational institution in the United Kingdom.

Related Associations

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
A professional association focusing on the field of marriage and family therapy.

American Association of Pastoral Counselors
A membership and certification organization whose mission is to provide spiritually informed and integrated counseling, collaborative community based  services, training and education in order to enhance the well being of individuals, families and communities.

American Psychological Association
The world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 137,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

Association of Professional Chaplains
Promotes quality chaplaincy care through advocacy, education, professional standards and service to our members

Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
A national multifaith organization which is committed to the professional education, certification and support of people involved in pastoral care and pastoral counselling.

Coalition On Ministry In Specialized Settings
A network of organizations committed to the preparation and practice of multi-faith spiritual care through chaplaincy and pastoral counseling in specialized settings and promotes and supports collaboration among its members.

Project Sakinah
An organization focusing on achieving lasting changes in the attitudes and behaviors of Muslims around the issue of violence within families.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
A national resource center including a free online library on suicide prevention, searchable for specific populations and settings (prisons, universities, healthcare, etc.)