An Interview with Islamic Counsellor

Bismillahhirrahmanirraheem .
Alhamdulillah today we have with us Sr. Umm Rayaan. She is an Islamic counsellor at Ar Rajaa and is also on the verge of Inshaallah launching her online coaching services. Islamic psychology has always interested me . Understanding human behaviour helps in Daawah purpose as well as handling relationships  effectively,getting more productive,building personality etc . In an age where Islamic coaching has gained alot of eminence worldwide but there is not much happening in UAE and India . Its glad some sisters like Sr. Umm Rayaan (From U.A.E)have taken this initiative Alhamdulillah
Assalam alai kum sister,Tell me something about yourself and Solace Islamic assistance.
Bismillah-hir-rahman nir-raheem. Wa alaikumus salaam wa rahmathullahi wa barakatuh. I am Umm Rayyan, I graduated with bachelors in Psychology from the University of Madras in 2002. After taking a long break to raise my now two teenagers, I decided to further my education so, I am currently pursuing my Associate degree in psychology from IOU, and a diploma in CBT from Center of Excellence (UK). However, I consider myself to be an ongoing student of knowledge, Alhamdulillah! I am also a counselor at Ar- Rajaa The Hope Islamic Counseling services, and at the moment working on launching my online coaching business. In shaa Allah! Solace Islamic Assistance- the idea came about when a sister I was working with enquired about counseling for sister’s who were unfamiliar with emails and were only comfortable using WhatsApp, apart from that I received a couple of other requests in my personal inbox as well. I discussed this with my friend and sister in deen, Sr. Iffat Abdullah Shariff and together we launched the group, meanwhile we had requests from Tamil speaking sisters as well, so I approached Sr. Umm Afraz, who is the Ameerah of Ar-Rajaa, and she along with her sister, Sr. Umm Marwan agreed to take up Solace-Tamil Alhamdulillah! The rest, as they say, is history. Alhamdulillahi Rabbil ‘Alameen.
What is the importance of psychology in Islam and vice versa.
The concept of Psychology is not new to Islam. Many scholars in the past have written books on psychology involving Islamic principles, which includes, studying the spiritual concepts of the heart (in a metaphysical sense) and soul, which is Islamic terminology we call the Qalb and the Rooh/ Nafs. Dr. Aisha Utz, explains it beautifully in her book called psychology from the Islamic perspective, I recommend anyone interested in pursuing a career in Islamic psychology is to definitely read this book In shaa Allah. Just to give an overview in the secular perspective of psychology they completely eliminate the idea of the soul. but as Muslims, the idea of the existence of the soul is an important criterion for our eeman and belief system as this involves the matters of the unseen. Psychology is the study of human behavior and mental processes, so who understands our mental process and our behavior better than our Creator Himself. The Qur’an is the best book to refer to, to understand the nature or psychology of human beings and the best example to look up to in bringing it into practice is our Prophet Salallahu alaihi wassallam. And of course, there are certain concepts from the secular psychology that we do not consider as Muslims but there are a lot of other concepts that we can implement. So, we just take what is good and leave that which is not pertaining to our beliefs. Psychology definitely has a big role in how we can better ourselves and as Muslims and human beings in general, and in incorporating a heathy mindset and improving our relationship with Allah SWT.
How lucrative is Islamic psychology as a profession? Where can one expect jobs after doing this?
In my opinion, now is a right time to pursue psychology as a career, the field of psychology is booming, especially so for Muslims, as many of our communities are becoming aware of the importance of mental health, they have started understanding that mental health is equally important to take care of along with the physical health. The stigma associated with psychologists and counselors is slowly lifting and I can see a lot of youngsters opting for this field too, Alhamdulillah! So it is very lucrative and has a lot of scopes. In terms of job opportunities, one can look to be a clinical psychologist, in counseling, education (schools & colleges), high- intensity therapist, as a mental health worker, in fitness, human resources, career advisor, play therapist, the opportunities are vast. Alhamdulillah!
How do you achieve your Islamic goals?
Number one is Intentions. Our intentions are the seat of our soul. Checking them every single day, asking myself why am I doing this, for whose sake am I doing this. We are all human, and surely I have my ups and downs, and this is the one thing that keeps me focused in terms of developing the closeness to Allah SWT. Striving to have Husn Adh Dhan, first and foremost towards Allah and then towards His makhlooq. Salah and Quran- two things that keep you on track, any goal you may have, Islamic or Dunya based, hang onto these and you’ll be astonished on how much you’d get done in a day. In shaa Allah!
What message would you like to give to partcipants who have joined this group with Aim to get more Productive in life and achieve success in this world and hereafter?
Anything you do, do it with sincerity and with the intention to please Allah SWT. Be yourself, be authentic, don’t look at the otherJazakallah sister for giving your valuable time to enlightening us on issue of Islamic psychology. person’s accomplishments, you do not know their story, their struggles, and challenges, always strive to make your story better, and Allah SWT, will bless you in it, In shaa Allah!

Author: aaliyahkhansite

Alhamdulillah I am an Islamic entrepreneur and have launched India,s first online islamic store for children.Visit my website at I am also Alhamdulillah a student of IOU and Markaz Al Huda,Dubai. Also Inshaallah will soon be launching my first islamic fiction novel. MAshaallah being a mother of 2 cute kids have inspired me to write and learn more on islamic upbringing of children and being a productive mother. I firmly believed in living life the Islamic way hence everything in my life revolves around Islam. Love to socialise and meet like minded muslimahs

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