Islam and Mental Health Care, Part 2

The physical and physiological benefits of salah are multiple to say the least. Most of the body muscles and joints are exercised during Salah.”

Unfortunately I found no link to the original resource and have decided to share this directly on my blog. Please note that this text is not written by myself. Not all what is stated here is a reflection on my personal opinions. I believe Islam is a very big house with many families living under one roof. This text is a typical orthodox Indian approach to Islam with a high emphasis on gender seperation, rules, nutrition and yoga.

The Islamic prayer (Salah/Namaaz) and yoga togetherness in mental health, Part 2, by Shabbir Ahmed Sayeed and Anand Prakash

(Part 1 can be found here)

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Islam and Mental Health Care, Part 1

“Several reports on the application of prayers in psychotherapy illustrate the positive outcome in the individuals exhibiting pathological symptoms such as tension, anxiety, depression and anti-social tendencies.”

I found this to be an excellent work on the therapeutic benefits of Islam and Yoga. Unfortunately I found no link to the original resource and have decided to share this directly on my blog. Please note that this text is not written by myself. Not all what is stated here is a reflection on my personal opinions. I believe Islam is a very big house with many families living under one roof. This text is a typical orthodox Indian approach to Islam with a high emphasis on gender seperation, rules, nutrition and yoga.

The Islamic prayer (Salah/Namaaz) and yoga togetherness in mental health, Part 1, by Shabbir Ahmed Sayeed and Anand Prakash

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The Islamic Lunar Calendar, Introduction

“According to Islamic tradition, a new month or a new year can only be announced when the new crescent moon appears in the night sky and is seen by two reliable witnesses.”

The Islamic (Hijri) calendar is based on the lunar cycle, which means that each month is either 29 or 30 days (but never 28 or 31). Compared to the Western Gregorian calendar that makes it shorter by 10 or 11 days each year. The result is that every year the Islamic calendar ‘moves back’ compared to the Western year.

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From Plant to Medicine: Part 2 ~ How to Brew Herbal Teas and Infusions

“Fill a jar with cold water, wrap 1oz of herbs into a moist cotton cloth and submerge into the jar. Close with lid. Leave the jar over night. “

There are many herb information sites on the internet that cover the beneficial spectrum of individual plants. Should you take mediciations and suffer from serious ailments, please first talk to a doctor or naturopath to clarify any possible unwanted interactions between plant medicines and your medication. Should you try to get off medications with the aid of herbs you may develop a detailed weening-off plan, together with your doctor and/or naturopath.

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On the Islamic treatment of Psychosis and Iatro-genesis (over-medication) of Psychiatric meds

"In my wildest dreams I couldn’t imagine more of a hell-realm than psychiatry. It was only years after I had left the psychiatric community that I began to re-contextualize and reframe my experiences with psychiatry as a shamanic descent into the underworld, into the depths of a modern-day Hades. What the psychiatrists were doing was truly maddening and crazy-making. Psychiatrists are trained to pathologize; once I was diagnosed and labeled with a mental illness, my behavior was myopically viewed through the lens of pathology, which only served to draw out the pathological aspect of my process, further confirming to the psychiatrists the correctness of their diagnosis in a self-fulfilling prophecy." ~ Paul Levy

This quote from Paul Levy reminds me of stories friends told about their psychiatric experiences and how difficult it was for them to get away from that hell. Psychiatric medications were prescribed to them without emotional support, proper diagnosis, holistic perspective and after-care. There is more then just one dimension to the suffering within psychiatry and the ongoing consumption of psychiatric medication.

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Entheogenic Islam – On Haoma and Ayahuasca

"The ḥarmal does not grow, whether from a tree, a leaf or a fruit, without there being an angelic guardian spirit attached to it." ~ Muhammed (a.s)

“I believe that Shiism is the only school which has preserved for ever the link of the divine guidance between God and the creatures and has kept alive the rule of the divine authority. I believe that all religions pursue a fact but it is only the Shia school which has preserved this fact believing that this characteristic remains for ever between the human and divine world.” ~ Henry Corbin

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When justice is absent – what can be a healing?

“If nothing flies, then at least let your imagination fly free and the rest may follow.”

Last months I received a devastating email from the UK by a woman who was raped by her husband, for which he was convicted to a six year prison term. But instead of being able to live her life from here on, her children were taken off her to be force adopted. UK Social Services alledge that she has “psychological issues post trauma” and “that she allowed herself to be raped”.

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The Art of the Fine Cut – Hijama ~ Introduction

"Where there's stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain." ~ Chinese Proverb

"Hijama”, is a therapy of fine cuts and cupping that is widely practised in the Islamic world since ancient times and praised by the prophet Muhammed (a.s) himself. Hijama is a unique medicinal treatment, but got in the last decades increasingly mixed and confused with other blood letting techniques. 

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On the Spiritual Health of Women

“Sometimes, when all seems lost and the temptations of madness and hatred are at their worst my advise is to turn into the quiet zones, to be grateful for every little good there is, and to build on this good and hold on to it for dear life.”

I have encountered a couple of female impersonations of dark female archetypes over the last years. All had much pain to carry and all had to endure much abuse by men and their legal, administrative and social systems, but also much pain and abuse through and by themselves.

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