Muslim-friendly Mental Health Resources

There are thousands of mental health resources out there, and it can feel impossible to know where to start. To take some of the stress out of your mental and spiritual healing journey, here is a small selection of resources, selected with Muslims seeking in mind that might be harder to find in the mainstream. 

“Read! In the Name of your Lord who created,  Created man from a clot. Read! And your Lord is Most Generous, Who taught by the Pen, Taught humankind that which he knew not.” — Qur’an 96:1-5

Tips on choosing resources

Remember, healing and recovery is not a race – recovery takes time, and that’s ok. One small step at a time is all you need – so don’t overwhelm yourself with too much information at once! 

Try picking one book or podcast – see how you get on with it and try to implement something positive you have learnt into your daily habits, then move on to another resource.

Go at your own pace. 

And remember, you are allowed to be discerning

Please note: I do not recommend following people whose content makes you distressed, or encourages you to do anything harmful to yourself. I never recommend following advice about medication, supplements or diet without speaking to your doctor/GP first.

If you come across content which you find triggering or hard to process – always reach out to someone you trust for support. 

Check out these self-help tips

Helpful resources:

  1. General mental and spiritual health resources
  2. Resources for survivors of sexual abuse 
  3. Resources for dealing with grief and loss 
  4. Explore your Muslim identity
  5. Parenting coaches

For resources to connect you with your heritage and identity visit the exploring my Muslim identity page.

General mental and spiritual health resources

Muslim therapist/therapy accounts to follow:

  • Dr Sarah Ahmad: @the.poc.therapist (TikTok); @the.poc.therapist (Instagram) Great reels helping you navigate life and relationships from a Muslim psychologist, and founder of org Hello Leena 
  • Dr Nadia: @spiritual.psychologist Psycho-spiritual coach. Helpful mental health advice from a Muslim psychologist. Focuses a lot on South Asian experience but definitely still relevant for many Muslim cultural backgrounds 
  • Hello Leena: @helloleena_ (Instagram)  Mental health tips centred around Muslim and BIPOC needs
  • Angelica Lindsey-Ali: @villageauntie (Insta); @villageauntie (Twitter) – Islamic sexual health educator
  • Sameera Qureshi: @sexualhealthformuslims (Insta) – Islamic sexual health – reviving Islamic traditions of the soul for sexual health for men and women 
  • LaYinka Sanni: @LaYinkaSanni (Twitter); @layinkasanni (Insta) – Empowerment coach for Muslim women 
  • Coach Ramsha: @lovecoachramsha (Insta) helping young Muslim women build confidence and healthy self-esteem – marriage and relationship coach   
  • Soundous Boualam: @soundous.boulam (Instagram), @soundous.boualam (TikTok) ‘joyful Islam’ – life tips, self-confidence, motivation no judgment
  • Safa Al Chami: @safaalchami (Instagram), @thealchamilife (TikTok) – trauma and mental health counsellor, NLP and hypnosis practitioner
  • Layla F Saad: @laylafsaad (Instagram) – bestselling author Me & White Supremacy, educator, mentor
  • Amira Zaky: @amirahzaky (Instagram) – God conscious sex educator
  • Toltu The Psychologist: @toltutufa (Instagram) – psychologist specifically for medical health professionals
  • Fitrah counselling @fitrah_counselling (Instagram) – holistic, spiritually centred counselling

Helpful Islamic spirituality accounts to follow:

  • Chewable Content: @chewable.content – Deep but gentle quotes and spiritual reminders to help you reflect, find meaning in life, and keep you calm.
  • A. Helwa: @a.helwa – Bestselling author – poetic reminders and quotes based in Islamic spirituality  
  • Suhaib Rumi @suhaib.rumi (Instagram), @bySuhaibRumi (Twitter) – poetry rooted in an Islamic perspective 
  • Generic Muslim: @genericmuslim (TikTok), @genericmuslim (Instagram) – exploring the complexities of today’s average Muslim living in the West.

YouTube channels and videos:

  • Honest Tea Talk – Three Muslimahs chatting with special guests, no-holds barred, about life and all the different stuff we go through 
  • Life advice and tips from Mona Kattan – famous Dubai-based Iraqi beauty entrepreneur gets real about dealing with life’s pressures and making space for positive wellbeing 
  • Omid Safi’s Channel (@hamiltonian1) – gentle, beautiful and insightful videos on spirituality to assist knowing oneself through knowing God 

Podcasts: 

Books/audiobooks: 

  • The Holy Qur’anthe word of Allah, revealed to the Messenger Muhammad (pbuh). Get tips on reading the Qur’an for your mental health
  • The Boundaries Guides – Four FREE downloadable e-books from helloleena.com to help you understand how to set boundaries: with family, in relationships, in the workplace, with yourself 
  • Secrets of Divine Love, by A Helwa – like a hug in a book – a very warm, inclusive and beautifully written book for anyone looking to connect with Islamic spirituality, with practical ways to develop a connection with God.  
  • Letter to a Disciple, by Abu Hamid Al Ghazali – a summary of how to live written at the end of this famous scholar’s life
  • On Invocations and Supplications, by Abu Hamid Al Ghazali – reflections on du’a and includes dua’s from the Prophet that can touch your soul
  • Prayers of the Pious, by Omar Suleiman – a very short book that’s great for the bedside table to bring some peace and refresh your du’as after a stressful day 
  • Kitab al-Hikam, by Ibn ‘Ata’illah al-Iskandari – the inspiring explanation of the soul’s journey through this life, featuring 264 spiritual aphorisms (hikam)­ concise, comprehensive and sublime sayings on self purification (tazkiya), and guidelines to help strengthen the relationship between humans and their Lord.

Journals, notebooks and planners: 

There are loads of great planners out there that help you feel gently guided, taking some of the pressure out of daily life: 

Helpful websites/blogs: 

  • Inspirited Minds – a faith-based blog answering tricky questions about life and mental health from an Islamic perspective.
  • Sakoon – From Muslim counsellors who take into consideration of one’s faith and cultural values at the same time
  • The Usuli Institute – incredible resources to understand Islam more deeply – including Qur’an tafsir and a soul-shaking weekly virtual halaqa for modern Muslims  
  • SolaceUK – organisation dedicated to struggling convert/revert Muslim women
  • Jannah Within Blog – check out the blog on this site for reflections on all things Muslim mental and spiritual health

Resources for survivors of sexual abuse and rape  

Helpful websites/webpages: 

  • Chayn.co – culturally informed resources in multiple languages for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse 
  • Muslim Women’s Network Helpline (UK) – dedicated formal national helpline for Muslim women and girls of all ages, to provide advice, guidance, support and signposting on a range of issues. A helpline can provide a safe space to talk about problems because callers can remain anonymous and women can feel supported.

Grief and loss 

 

Feeling good about your identity: 

Feeling more confident in your identity can have a big impact on your mental health. For a list of TV shows, interesting accounts, websites, podcasts etc to help you explore and feel connected to your Muslim identity, take a look at the Exploring My Muslim Identity page.

Parenting coaches

  • Dr Hanaa Ph.D: @drhanaa_peacewithinhome (Instagram) – helping parents feel more confident and less overwhelmed and confused
  • Maysaa Fahour: @coachmayseq (Instagram) – Conscious parent coach
  • Asumini Kasule: @asuminikasule (Instagram) – helps Muslim mothers transform their relationship with teens and children 

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