To help support those seeking to meet the needs of Muslims within community and institutional settings, I have gathered together a variety of resources.
While it does not claim to be comprehensive, it does bring together articles, videos, books and related sources that can support those who serve Muslims in various capacities. Please share with others and also submit your own suggestions for other resources that you have found useful.
However, please note that not all links should be considered endorsements of the author, scholar or research institute. Nevertheless, I do hope that this resource bank is beneficial.
My teachers and friends at SeekersHub are conducting a fundraising campaign to support and further expand their work spreading the light of Prophetic guidance.
Please consider learning more about SeekersHub and supporting them.
Sh. Faraz Rabbani, his fellow teachers and SeekersHub’s volunteers have been a shining beacon of light in my life. For me, SeekersHub has been a manifestation of the prophetic concern for others to know their Lord. Not only do they aspire to provide seekers of knowledge with the treasures which they seek; they also nourish the hearts of others to become seekers as well.
Like the story of the unknown man in Surah Ya-Sin who came to his people running and said, “O my people, follow the messengers” (Q36:20), SeekersHub is sprinting across the globe to call others to follow the inheritors of the Beloved of God ﷺ.
In support of their #GiveLight initiative, I have shared a brief though personal narrative of how I came to learn of and benefit from SeekersHub.
To read about my journey to light, click here.
After a brief hiatus, I am returning to my blogging (God-willing) and hoping to make changes to this site over time.
If you are interested in knowing what I have been up to, why the change in the domain name, or simply why I blog at all: see here. Also, please note that IbrahimLong.com is now IbrahimLong.org.
As always, you may contact me with any questions, requests, or suggestions.
May God bless you and please keep me in your prayers.
On July 28th, 2014, I visited with Smith College’s School for Social Work staff, faculty and students. It was a full day complete with meetings, consultations, and an evening presentation on Caring for Muslim Clients. It was a wonderful way to spend my ‘Eid–addressing both the needs of Muslim clients and the needs of those who care for them.
Thank you Smith College School for Social Work for the invitation and the warm welcome.
Throughout the year, the Smith College School for Social Work Program “offers a wide range of conferences, lectures and seminars […] in response to the training needs of today’s clinician. Each year, the school is honored to host some of the finest helping professionals through its Summer Lecture Series” (cited from website).
The Summer Lecture Series provides a wonderful opportunity to draw attention to unique aspects of the helping profession. And, I have been asked to present from my work with and research into the care of Muslim clients.
For those who wish to attend, or would like more information, below is the description for the lecture I am scheduled to present:
Caring for Muslim Clients: Culturally-Sensitive and Evidence-Based Approaches
It is often cited that the Muslim population in the United States and Canada is a fast-growing demographic. Yet, research on this population and its counseling needs is not growing at the same pace. Within the professional literature, documentation of effective strategies and approaches to the counseling of Muslim clients remains in its infancy. Moreover, misunderstanding of Islam and Muslims, along with anti-Muslim sentiment, is on the rise. To aid social work, spiritual care, and counseling professionals serving Muslim clients, this lecture will present an overview of Muslim experiences in America, along with a number of approaches for the care of Muslim clients recommended by counseling professionals. (Link)
The lecture is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 28th, in the Weinstein Auditorium, located in Wright Hall on the Smith College Campus.
Lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
It is an academic review of Dr. Sherman Jackson’s Sufism for Non-Sufis?: Ibn ῾Aṭā᾽ Allāh al-Sakandarī’s Tāj al-῾Arūs. Those wishing to read it may access the article through an online journal database or at their local university.
The Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) will be hosting its 2014 conference in Winnipeg. As with each year, this national conference will feature workshops, lectures, and other activities led by spiritual care researchers, scholars, and clinicians from across Canada.
I encourage my fellow chaplains (and those interested) to check it out as it will not only be a great way to enhance our skills and professional competencies, but also network with fellow chaplains from across Canada. This year the conferences theme is caring for the patient’s dignity during hospitalization and is entitled: Dignity at the Centre.
In addition to attending the conference, I am honored to join as a presenter alongside Thomas St. James O’Connor, ThD, Terry Bard, PhD, and Elizabeth Meakes, DMin. Our joint-presentation is called: Cure of the Soul in Abrahamic Faith Traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Below is a description:
This workshop presents the work of Terry Bard (Jewish), Ibrahim Long (Muslim) and Thomas St. James O’Connor and Elizabeth Meakes (Christian) on the cure of the soul. The cure of the soul began with Greek philosophers before the Common Era. For these philosophers, the cure of the soul involved the pursuit of truth. This concept influenced the Abrahamic faith traditions. The workshop seeks to explain some practices and concepts of the cure of the soul in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The goal is understanding respect and enlightened identity.
To read about Muslim involvement in last year’s conference, check out this article by Amira Elghawaby (CAIR-CAN).
For more information about the conference, visit the CASC website.
CASC/ACSS is a national multifaith organization, committed to the professional education, certification and support of people involved in spiritual care, pastoral counselling, education and research.
Inspired by the Beloved ﷺ
A Professional and Spiritual Retreat for Muslim Chaplains and Social Workers
75 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1K7
Room 119 (first floor, lecture hall across from the main offices)
Saturday, November 16, 9-5pm
Check out this latest article by Amira Elghawaby, a human rights coordinator for CAIR.CAN and a freelance journalist.
Elghawaby’s article speaks to the active engagement of Muslim presenters and attendees (including myself =) ) at the annual conference for the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).