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The Mindful Muslim Podcast is a podcast where members from Inspirited Minds have conversations with guests with personal experiences of mental health struggles as well as professionals working within the field. Discussions involve sharing stories, reflections, advice and inspiration!



Watch the podcast on YouTube - www.youtube.com/InspiritedMinds/

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The Mindful Muslim Podcast is a podcast where members from Inspirited Minds have conversations with guests with personal experiences of mental health struggles as well as professionals working within the field. Discussions involve sharing stories, reflections, advice and inspiration!



Watch the podcast on YouTube - www.youtube.com/InspiritedMinds/

    Are humans like sheep?

    Are humans like sheep?

    Introducing Peer Pressure















    It is part of our fundamental human nature that we want to fit into our local society / environment. We all want a sense of belonging and according to Maslow’s theory of human motivation it is one of five categories of human needs. This is what makes peer pressure possible - the individual has always sought to be feel and be accepted by others as part of the collective and this can lead to both positive and negative effects.Research has found that peer pressure can encourage altruism and prosocial behaviour but it can also lead to more risk-taking  behaviours.















    In school, anti-intellectual stigma can have a huge impact on children’s lives. Over 80% of children with IQs over 160 report feeling socially isolated and there is often a fear that children perceived to be intellectually gifted will be labelled disapprovingly as ‘nerds’ or ‘geeks’ by peers. This can lead some children to stop putting in as much effort or even purposefully answer questions incorrectly on their exams in an attempt to ‘fit in’ with everyone else.







    Often when we think of peer pressure we think of explicit examples such as a group of teenagers encouraging each other to try smoking, but often peer pressure is implicit. We as individuals collect information about what is socially acceptable or stigmatised in our environment and this forms the basis of our actions, sometimes subconsciously.It's easy to see how even our personality can be affected, in an environment which deems kindness to be weakness and respects a strong, dominant, self-serving attitude we may find ourselves being less friendly and more forceful or aloof in our manner. Similarly, if we attend a charity event we may find ourselves surrounded by altruistic individuals who will encourage us to be more generous than we expected to be before going.















    Over time the people around us help us to make associations between behaviours e.g. being overweight is undesirable or smiling will lead to more positive social outcomes, and these associations are very resistant to change later on, once formed. For this reason, it is really important, before jumping into a new group or environment, to reflect on whether the values of this group will bring us closer to being the person we want to be or take us further away from our authentic self.







    One thing that is important to say is that we all at one point go through experiences which solidify the idea that we cannot please everyone. We are complicated, and almost all of us, especially living in a diverse environment, are a part of several different social groups e.g. our friends from school / university / work, our family, our wider Muslim ummah, our racial / ethnic group etc. It is impossible to conform to all of the social norms within these different groups because sometimes they have mutually exclusive values; one group may promote certain behaviour/s as socially desirable, and another will stigmatise this behaviour or one group may promote dominant behaviour and another may promote humility and soft-spoken confidence; one group may stress independence and the other may stress cooperation and interdependence.















    We are left with the difficult decision of what values we think are the most important. Trying to please everyone will cause everyone ...

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    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #022 – Overcoming Challenges with Sheikh Saeed Nasser

    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #022 – Overcoming Challenges with Sheikh Saeed Nasser

    In this months podcast, I spoke to Sheikh Saeed Nasser about his work as an integrative counsellor, bereavement counsellor, interpreter and clinical supervisor. He shared his experience of working within the Muslim community in this capacity and shed light on several aspects of life from relationships to mental health. Sheikh Saeed also spoke openly about his earlier years, his way of facing the stigma he experienced with regards to his visual impairment and his love for his home, the UK. With his gentle nature and wise words, Sheikh Saeed really gave the team and I a lot to ponder upon.







    Some of the things you’ll find out about are:







    * Where did his passion for mental health com from?* What were his younger years like and what kind of stigma did he face?* How did Sheikh Saeed handle stigma towards him?* What teachings can we take from the Qur'an to help us deal with everyday stressors and greater difficulties?* How can we think about life and the hereafter and remind ourselves of the temporary nature of this world?* How can we form resilient families and communities?* How can we be more open in our relationships and really allow each other to express ourselves without fear of judgement?







    Our podcast The Mindful Muslim, is a space to have open, honest, raw conversations on mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality. If you have a question or topic you would like us to discuss on The Mindful Muslim Podcast or if you would like to feature on the podcast as a guest please contact us at info@inspiritedminds.org.uk.







    Support our podcast on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/InspiritedMinds

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    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #021 – Depression, OCD and Suicidal Thoughts with Adam Afghan

    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #021 – Depression, OCD and Suicidal Thoughts with Adam Afghan

    Our podcast The Mindful Muslim, a space to have open, honest, raw conversations on mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality is back, this time in video form.

    I (Sivan Kader) speak to Adam Afghan who shares his experience with anxiety, depression, OCD and intrusive thoughts. Adam opens up about how he struggled with anxiety as a child and experienced disturbing thoughts later in life which culminated in him contemplating suicide. He also speaks about how he eventually sought help to improve his mental wellbeing. Today, he continues to actively confront his thoughts and manage his mental health. He says: "real courage, is tackling problems head-on."

    Some of the things you’ll find out about are:





    * What were Adam’s struggles with his mental health and how did he deal with them?

    * What practical things does Adam do to maintain good mental health and wellbeing?

    * How can real-life connections aid our state of mind?

    * What role does the media and social media play in our lives and how they affect our mental health?

    * How can we critically question suicide and deal with the core reasons behind it?

    * What are the steps we can take to normalise mental health problems and thus pave the way for improved mental health?



    If you have a question or topic you would like us to discuss on The Mindful Muslim Podcast or if you would like to feature on the podcast as a guest please contact us at info@inspiritedminds.org.uk.



    Support our podcast on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/InspiritedMinds

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    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #020 – Self-Harm and Self Destructive Behaviours

    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #020 – Self-Harm and Self Destructive Behaviours

    Clinical Psychologist Nomir Ahmed from an NHS Mental Health Trust in London gives his insight into Self-Harm and Self Destructive Behaviours in this month's The Mindful Muslim Podcast.



    Some of the things you’ll find out about are:





    * What Self-Harm is

    * The most common reasons for someone to inflict self-harm on themselves

    * The Self-Harm cycle

    * Misconceptions around Self-Harm

    * Treatments and support for Self-Harm



    Next month we’ll be talking about the impact money and debt has on one's mental health. If you have any questions you would like us to answer, please email your questions to: info@inspiritedminds.org.uk.

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    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #019 – Domestic Violence and Mental Health

    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #019 – Domestic Violence and Mental Health

    February has been a great month of opening up conversations that are often quite difficult to face, sometimes complex and even harder to accept. Although we have focused heavily on sexual abuse, trauma and the effects it has on the brain, this podcast is an interesting combination of various taboo topics. We had the pleasure of hosting Hanfia Iliyas from Eden Houses UK and Sofia Buncy, from Muslim Women in Prisons who both gave very unique perspectives of domestic violence within the Muslim community.

    Some of the things you’ll find out about are:





    * What the definition of domestic violence actually is?

    * How different do Muslim women and men react to domestic violence?

    * What role does Islam play for the perpetrator and the victim?

    * To what extent does culture have a role?

    * Is there a correlation between muslim women’s criminal acts and domestic violence?



    You will also listen to troubling real life questions being answered, as well being given practical and helpful advice on how to get help for yourself, or for others. Let us know your thoughts on this month podcast!

    Next month we’ll be talking about self harm and self destructive behaviours. If you have any questions you would like us to answer, please email your questions to: info@inspiritedminds.org.uk.

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    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #018 – Sexual Health in the Muslim Community with Imam Alyas Karmani

    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #018 – Sexual Health in the Muslim Community with Imam Alyas Karmani

    





    This month we have been talking about sexual health, intimacy and pornography in the Muslim Community and we were honoured to have Imam Alyas Karmani join us for this month’s podcast - and we really go to town with this one. There’s no shame, and no room for cringe-ing in this podcast. So if you would like to hear about the detailed experiences that the Imam himself has been in, as well as other issues around sexual health, particularly pornography with no holding back, then listen in.

    Some of the things you’ll find out about are:





    * What are the sexually related issues affecting Muslims today?

    * Why we don’t talk about it and why there is so much shame attached to the topic?

    * What is the difference between mainstream sexual health education and Islamic sexual health education?

    * What should be taught within the home?

    * What does Islam truly say about intimacy?

    * Real life questions from listeners about the effects of sexual abuse, what to do about pornography and self-harm and advice for 7 year long relationship that had led to phone sex and potentially more.



    This podcast contains explicit adult content.

    If you watch pornography, please participate in our 100% anonymous survey which will help us to produce beneficial sexual health leaflets for Muslims, workshops and help us provide vital information and advice for the community.

    Next month we’ll be talking about death and bereavement; do you have any questions you would like us to answer? Please email us your questions to: info@inspiritedminds.org.uk.

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