Counseling American Muslims: Understanding the Faith and Helping the People

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A'lims: A scholar in Islamic jurisprudence and theology.

Allah: The one God who created all of creation and sent all messengers.

Athan or Adhan: The call to prayers.

Burku', Burda, or Niqab: Face cover worn by women from various cultures, including but not limited to Muslims.

Eidul Adha: The festival of sacrifice. It is celebrated on the tenth of the twelfth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, recognizing the culmination of the hajj rites at Mecca and, at the same time, commemorating the attempt of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmail.

Eidul-Fitn The celebration that marks the end of the month of Ramadan.

Fitra: Pure natural instinct or pure Islamic faith.

Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca. It is required once in a lifetime for every adult Muslim male or female who is financially and physically able.

Hijab: A Muslim woman's head cover.

Hijra (Hegira): The migration of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, marking the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar, which is usually 11 days shorter then the common-era year.

Ibadat: Acts of worship.

Jihad: Struggling in all aspects of life, including combating. It can be classified into minor and major jihad. While the minor jihad refers to combating, the major one refers to struggling against one's own self and temptations.

Koran (Qur'an): The holy scripture of Islam. To Muslims, it is the final revelation from God to Muhammad. It includes ethical, moral, and legal codes and is considered the first source of legislation in Islam.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Series Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Self-Assessment on Islam and Muslim Cultures xvii
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction 1
  • Chapter 2 - Islam: the Religion and the Cultures 11
  • Chapter 3 - American Muslims and Their Perception of Psychotherapy 73
  • Chapter 4 - Counseling and Counselors 91
  • Chapter 5 - Counseling Through the Eyes of Muslims 113
  • Chapter 6 - Summary and Conclusion 137
  • Glossary 151
  • Bibliography 153
  • Index 165
  • About the Author 169
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