Islamic counselling is an integrated therapeutic intervention which is based on the Qur’an, hadiths, Islamic practices (sunnah) and cultivation of Islamic values.Islamic counselling is about the consciousness, awareness of God by the means of the counselling process. Islamic counselling is based on an integrated framework guided by the principles of Islamic belief and practices.
This manual outlines the components of Islamic teaching, Muslim counselling, Islamic values and its cultivation. It deals with understanding of the behaviour of Muslim clients through various indigenous psychological tests; counselling process such as building therapeutic relationship, responsibility/ accountability, characteristics to facilitate the counselling process, psycho-educating counselee about mental health problems; and Islamic counselling interventions which strengthen our Divine connection. This manual incorporates information regarding the religious practices such as prayer, recitation of the Holy Qur’an, forgiveness and repentance, taubah, faith and pilgrimage, spiritual support, and Islamic meditative practices. Through these intervention techniques we can cultivate the strength and can improve our mental well-being. Thus, understanding them in a new way is the need of the hour as it is a means by which people with stereotypical perspective about counselling can actually receive help without having their concerns come in way. Therefore, the manual on Islamic Counselling has emphasised upon the core aspects of Islamic Teachings that will help an individual to better adapt himself to the demands of the situation and better prepare himself for the affairs of the world and the hereafter.
The manual is prepared to cater to the needs of people at large. Therefore, this manual is written in a clear and simple style, and provides guidelines in the practice of counselling. This manual is indispensible for the Muslim psychologists, school counsellors, rehabilitation counsellors, mental health professionals, school teachers and social workers.