For Community Settings

Literature

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

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).

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).

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).

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).

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 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.

Community Organizations

Masjid Network
The Masjid Development Network (MDN)  is a loose, informal association of masjid leaders, experts and Muslims interested in the future of masjids in North America. The Network provides a platform by which participants can share knowledge and best practices, and develop a consensus on guidelines, policies, recommendations, manuals and best practices.

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.)