Raising Muslim children in an increasingly secular world presents many challenges. As parents how do we balance our family and Islamic values with the competing values of peers and the larger secular society? What does Islamic tradition teach us about parenting and what guidance is there for us to understand what we need to do in order to balance our roles as parents in relation to God, self, and society? In this video, Dr. Abdallah Rothman shares guidance and practical tips to assist us in becoming self-aware parents and to help navigate the challenges of parenting Muslim children in today’s rapidly changing world.
*A PDF handout referenced in the lecture is included in the description on Youtube.
Dr Abdallah Rothman was invited as a guest on the Naked Scientists' "Naked Reflections" podcast to discuss a topic he is not usually asked to speak on: population control. With the recent release of the census report documenting the rising population of Muslims in the UK, he was asked to comment from the perspective of a leader in the Muslim community. While the host seemed to be suggesting that leaders should be telling the Muslim community to have less children, Dr Rothman pushed back on this idea and gave a different perspective. He queried the notion of what humans actually have control over, asserting that we only have control over ourselves and not any outcome, as this is in God's hands. He asserts that instead of focusing on the need to "control" the eventual population, our focus should be on the existing population to control itself, changing the way humans have an impact on the planet, and that this needs to happen on an individual level with self-awareness, self-responsibility, and self-change: the only things we actually have any control over.
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Dr Abdallah Rothman was invited as a guest on the Blogging Theology podcast where he speaks about What Islamic psychology is, its relation to Sufism, how Islam understands the soul, and what Western psychology can learn from Islam.
At the ISIP Inaugural Conference in Istanbul on August 13, 2022, Dr. Abdallah Rothman talked about the application of Islamic Psychology in the realm of Islamic education. He emphasized how it is crucial for us to engage in acts of service in the community, physical training, and experiential learning in order to have a holistic approach towards mental health and the journey of purifying our souls and developing our character. Watch the video below.
In the video Dr. Abdallah says:
“The traditional approach to Tarbiyyah and the idea of Futuwwa was to embody these principles of wholeness and health and character development, that you can really say is an application of Islamic Psychology.”
“When we are educating about Islam, what we are trying to do is not have the "Islam" only as what we are educating about, but the approach to education is Islamic. So it's not just about ta'lim (gaining knowledge), it's also about tarbiyyah (development) ; the way with which we work with students is an embodiment of being, ..there is a lot to learn, but it's also about transformation not just information. "
Dr. Abdallah Rothman presented on the psychotherapeutic approach of the late Dr. Malik Badri at the 7th IAMP Conference on February 5 - 8, 2022, for the one year anniversary of his passing, God have mercy on his soul. Watch the video below.
On May 29, 2022 Dr Abdallah was invited to High Wycombe to speak on on the topic of Muslim Men, Mental Health & the Suicde Crisis. The event was hosted by the Karima Foundation in support of the Heart of Bucks initiative in suicide prevention. to challenging the stigma members of the BAME community have in regards to mental health. Dr Abdallah was joined by Shaykh Sulaymna Van Ael, Mawlana Asim Ayub, and Dr Syed Shah to discuss Islamic viewpoints on practising good mental health in light of the challenges currently facing the Muslim in Britain. The speakers presentations were followed by a Q&A session, which can be viewed on the Karima Foundation Youtube channel:.
Join Dr Abdallah Rothman and hattat (calligrapher) Gulnaz Fatima Mahboob to discuss the transformative effect of the sacred art of calligraphy on the soul at Yunus Emre Institute London on Thursday 12th May. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
The talk will draw out the practice of Islamic calligraphy and the therapeutic impact from an anthropological and psychological perspective. Exploring calligraphy and its impact on the self. Delving into psychology and art therapy to discuss the transformative potential of committing to the discipline. Drawing on the practices and training required to become a calligrapher (hattat) we aim to provide insight on how the traditional method of learning can have a positive impact on your wellbeing and promote Islamic mindfulness concepts of Ihsaan and Muraqaba.
This talk forms part of the Arts & Culture Lecture Series organised by Yunus Emre Institute London and registration is for the in person event. The talk will also be streamed live on the Yunus Emre Institute London's Facebook and YouTube accounts (@yeelondra).