The Prophetic understanding of health, as put forth by Sidi Muhammad Al-Jamal teaches us that true health and wholeness comes from a proper relationship with Allah, ourselves, our families, our communities and loved ones. In this Master’s students develop the capacity to be fully present with every state and situation so as to help themselves and others turn their lives over to Allah. This Master’s is a good choice for people who want to pursue their own healing as well as for those who wish to become a high quality, professional healer for others.
The coursework is grounded in the centuries-old tradition of Prophetic Medicine and the profound wisdom of the Sufi Path. Students will have the opportunity to deepen their own walking and work with many different physical and emotional problems and populations. They will receive both group and individual mentoring to help them become the skillful healers they are longing to be.
Spiritual Healing and Counseling for Physical and Emotional Well-being
Instructors: Rahima Schmall, Ph.D., Ibrahim Jaffe,M.D., and Amina Stader-Chan, Mariam Muhibba McGinnis, Ph.D.
“I am in awe of the many beautiful blessings that came from this program. I am beginning to feel like a new creation.” – R.R.
Curriculum topics include:
- How to transform the commanding nafs
- Inter-relationship of body and spirit
- Islamic and Prophetic Medicine
- Herbs and Nutrition
- Therapeutic communication
- How to work with mental health issues such as addiction, abuse and trauma
- How to clear the spiritual aspects of physical illness
- How to assess and track a client on multiple dimensions
- How to bring your gifts out into the world
- A practicum project of choice
- Healing Intensive Retreat
Healing & Counseling Course Descriptions and Credits
801 Development of the Healer as an Instrument in Allah’s hand – (2 credits)
This course complements the core curriculum and brings students deeper into being the hands, eyes, ears and tongue of Allah. Students are helped to clear their own issues that interfere with receiving clear guidance and with giving what is needed for effective healing of another person. They will learn how to contain strong energies in themselves and others and how to be fully present and aware in all situations.
802 Creating and Maintaining Healing Relationships – (1 credit)
In this course, students learn how to listen to verbal and non-verbal communication and to respond appropriately while holding the person’s heart. There will be an emphasis on clinical interviewing and assessment, as well as on developing an on-going healing relationship.
803 Ethical and Professional Issues in Working with Others – (1 credit)
Students will explore common ethical issues in healing such as the creation of appropriate boundaries, when to refer, touch, and learn to handle their own material as it arises in the healing relationship.
804 How to Analyze Subtle Influences that Affect Health and Well-Being – (2 credits)
Students will develop their ability to perceive subtle influences on the body, learning how to use their perceptions to direct a person into a deeper connection with Allah, and hence a deeper sense of health and well-being.
805 Prophetic Medicine 1: Foods and Plants that Affect Health and Illness – (1.5 credits)
In this course, students will learn the principles and practice of using food and herbs for health and healing. We will practice preparing medicinal formulas from herbs.
806 Prophetic Medicine 2: Hijama – (1.5 credits)
In this course, students will learn the theory and practice of hijama (cupping).
807 Prophetic Medicine 3: Use of the Qur’an, Qualities, and Healing Prayers – (2 credits)
In this class students will learn the use of surahs, qualities and traditional prayers used for healing to help dispel influences that cause illness and to bring their clients face to face with Allah.
808 Prophetic Perspectives on the Creation of Health and Illness – (2 credits)
This course focuses on the animal nafs, their role in the creation of illness and distress and traditional methods of purifying the animal nafs. They will articulate the relationship between spirit and body, articulate how the heart is a mirror of the world and the relevance of this to healing. They will do case studies on people with a variety of illnesses, researching the Western understanding of the disease and then learning through direct experience how these illnesses are held in the body, heart and soul.
809 Clinical Topics in Healing – (2 credits)
In this course students develop a deeper understanding of common issues that bring clients in for healing. Among other topics, we will explore trauma, addiction, shame, depression, and anxiety. We will look at the role of forgiveness in the walking and the healing.
810 How Family and Culture Influence Health and Well-being – (2 credits)
This course explores the effects of family and culture on the creation of illness and emotional distress, the effects of illness on the entire family and how to intervene for family healing. It will rely on the example and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad on how to create a healthy, balanced family and community.
811 Lessons from the Prophets on How to Live in the World – (1 credit)
In this class, students will explore lessons from the major prophets and how to apply these lessons to their own lives and the lives of their clients.
812 Zawiyyah – (8 credits)
Personal retreat allows students to develop themselves more deeply as the instrument in Allah’s hands and therefore be more effective healers.
813 Individual and Group Mentoring – (2 credits)
Students will receive guidance on working with others, with an eye toward further development of their skills in holding hearts, verbal and non-verbal communication, ability to read subtle energy, ability to align, connect and discharge an energy, and their use of healing prayers and qualities in healing.
814 Practicum – (13 credits)
The student group will work together to create and facilitate a residential intensive healing experience for a group of participants who are interested in deepening their sense of well-being by developing a closer relationship with God. Students will have a chance to integrate their skills from all their coursework and receive mentoring on their healing and facilitation during the experience. They will also receive support for the creation and implementation of an individual project.