For Healthcare Settings

Here are resources for Muslim patient care.


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

Chaplaincy Services for Muslim Patients in New York City Hospitals: Assessing Needs, Barriers, and the Role of Muslim Chaplains
The results of  a study of 33 Muslim and non-Muslim chaplains concerning definitive trends in Muslim patient care and the impact of chaplains in medical settings (Wahiba Abu-Ras, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding).

Dignity and Patient Care: An Islamic Perspective
An article which addresses the human dignity, granted by God, in the patient one cares for (Ingrid Mattson, Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine,  July 17, 2002).

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).

End-of-Life Care and the Chaplain’s Role in the Medical Team
This article depicts a chaplain’s role in various learning and teaching situations, including end-of-life care and cases requiring cultural competency and gender preferences. The situations underscore the differences between an imam and chaplain and the necessity to have imams as well as male and female chaplains serving in hospitals (Mary K. Lahaj, Journal of Islamic Medical Association of North America, Vol. 43, No. 3).

The Evolution of Islamic Spiritual Care and Counseling in Ontario
This article highlights some significant aspects of the new regulations and the benefits of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario (CRPO) in regards to the spiritual care and counseling practice of Muslim spiritual caregivers and imams (Nazila Isgandarova, Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, 4:3, 2014).

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

Handbook of Patient’s Spiritual and Cultural Values for Health Care Professionals  
Produced by the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network.

Handbook on the Best Practices for the Provision of Spiritual Care to Persons with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury
Produced by the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and authored by HealthCare Chaplaincy.

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).

He Brings Them Out From Darkness Into Light (booklet)
A grief and bereavement booklet for Muslims in hospitals and healthcare settings (S. E. Jihad Levine).

Muslim Chaplain’s Role as Perceived by Directors and Chaplains of New York City Hospitals and Health Care Settings
This study will be the first to examine the roles Muslim chaplains play in New York City hospitals and health care settings in general, and in serving Muslim patients in particular, as perceived by pastoral care directors and both Muslim and non-Muslim chaplains (Wahiba Abu-Ras).

Names of God: Practical Theology for Muslim Chaplains in CPE
A reflective article on the place of theology in the development of spiritual care skills (Mumina Kowalski).

“Neighborly Needs”: Issues Regarding Muslim Chaplains and Imams as Part of Interdisciplinary Bioethical Decision Making in Health Care Settings 
A collaborative article by Professor Jimmy Jones and Chaplain Matiniah Yahya. Published in the BIO Quarterly (Vol. 21, Fall 2011, #3) publication of the Bioethics Network of Ohio.  

On Models of Hospital Chaplaincy 
An examination of three models of hosptial chapalincy: the chaplain-only model, the volunteer model, and the volunteer-chaplain model. Published in the Journal of Muslim Mental Health (April, 2007).

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).

Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry (Journal)
A special edition dedicated to the formation of religious leaders in a diverse world. Section III, pages 141-186, “Islamic Perspectives for Supervision,” includes Chaplain Rabia Harris’ entire, “Supporting Your Muslim Students: A Guide for Clinical Pastoral Supervisors” (ACPE Journal, Volume 29: 2009).

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.

Seeing with Bifocals: The Evolution of a Muslim Chaplain 
A reflective account of one Muslim chaplain’s professional and spiritual development (Bilal Ansari).

Meeting the Healthcare Needs of American Muslim: Challenges and Strategies for Healthcare Settings
This report provides an overview of American Muslim health beliefs, describes how these beliefs impact healthcare-seeking practices, and recommends accommodations that can improve the healthcare experience of American Muslim patients. Understanding the links between Islamic beliefs and practices and their influence on clinical encounters provides opportunities to improve community health and deliver culturally sensitive high quality care. (Institute for Social Policy & Understanding)

The FYI: Suicide Prevention & Intervention Resources
A collection of toolkits and infographics to support Muslim community leaders in responding to and preventing suicide.

The Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
Some basic Muslim frameworks to help providers understand Islamic teachings on suicide.

Suicide and Mental Health in the Muslim Community
A khutba in which Sh. Yaser Birjas explains to us that we should be compassionate and caring seeking those in need of help especially addressing suicide.

Healthcare Chaplaincy Organizations

HealthCare Chaplaincy
Seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare through the innovative ways chaplains promote and advance palliative care research, education and practice. Site also features online certificate courses.

Muslim Spiritual Care Services
Muslim Spiritual Care Services is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to the advancement of Islamic hospital chaplaincy.

Pediatric Chaplains Network
Works to enhance the the spiritual care of children and families in health care.

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.)