Cognitive Statements Modified with Islamic Tenets
Posted on March 25th, 2014
The other week I was researching how to provide better counselling service to Muslim clients. In my research, I found a set of cognitive statements modified to reflect an Islamic understanding of self-control and change. These statements emphasizes a balance among personal agency, personal accountability, and God’s role in the transformation process
Self-control and change
- Allah (God) gave us free will, including the ability to control our nafs (self).
- Allah has also given us many opportunities to practice self-control through fasting during Ramadan and weekly sunna (traditional) fasting on Mondays and Thursdays.
- These are ways, with the help of Allah, we can enhance our self-discipline and change for the better.
Worth in Allah
- We have worth because we are created by Allah.
- We are created with strengths and weaknesses.
High frustration tolerance
- Misfortunes and blessings are from Allah.
- Misfortunes are not terrible or awful, but rather a test.
- Although adversities may be unpleasant, we can withstand them.
- Allah tells us that He will not test us beyond what we can bear.
- By reminding ourselves of Allah’s goodness, and engaging in regular dua (informal prayer), we can cope with life’s challenges.
Acceptance of others
- Because people are created with weaknesses, people will make mistakes.
- Islam tells us not to judge others for their shortcomings, but to accept people with their strengths and weaknesses.
- Although human approval and accomplishment is beneficial, they are not necessary for a productive life.
- As it says in the Qur’an, he who relies on Allah, Allah is enough for him.
Needing approval and love
- Although it is nice to have the favor of others, we do not need the approval of others.
- True satisfaction and solace is found in our relationship with Allah.
- Our regular remembrance of Allah helps us to know that He loves us.
- Although facing difficulties is often challenging, Islam reminds us to persevere through adversity.
- No one else will bear our burdens for us.
- Each of us is responsible for our action and the path we choose.
- Allah has blessed us with His rizq (provisions/resources).
- Consequently, we are not dependent on others for our needs.
- Rather, we strive for tawakil (reliance on Allah for all our needs).
- Allah knows us better than we know ourselves.
- Allah knows our weaknesses.
- Allah knows we make mistakes.
- Consequently, we can take comfort in Allah’s mercy and accept ourselves with our strengths and weaknesses.
Hodge, D. R., & Nadir, A. (2008). Moving toward Culturally Competent Practice with Muslims: Modifying Cognitive Therapy with Islamic Tenets. Social Work, 53(1), 31-41.
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