Dr. Abdallah was invited by the Emmoa Foundation in Ghana to speak about an Islamic perspective of the themes in Brene Brown's book 'Rising Strong'. He discusses how the Islamic paradigm of psychology positions vulnerability in relation to God, self and the other, and asserts that Muslims need to embrace vulnerability within their relationship to and practice of Islam. He draws parallels to Brown's stages of "Reckoning, Rumbling and Revolution" with Al-Ghazali's 6 stages of Murabata.
Dr. Abdallah presented on "Finding Center in the Heart (of the Pandemic):
Practical Tools from the Islamic Tradition for Building Resiliency in Times of Disruption and Trauma" at the Huron-Respect Conference, 'Pastoral & Spiritual Care During the Pandemic' hosted by Dr. Ingrid Mattson on November 14, 2020.
In this short presentation he outlines how he and his network of colleagues responded to the COVID pandemic crisis, tending to the wellbeing needs and collective trauma of Muslim communities around the world using online webinar platforms to address increases in anxiety, family conflict, depression, and existential grief. His approach to Islamic psychology is presented as a psycho-educational program to orient participants to indigenous Islamic tools for building resiliency and decreased anxiety.