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An introductory course on Freudian psychoanalysis & the Islamic epistemological framework

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Course Introduction

Freudian psychoanalysis is the grandparent of all western psychotherapeutic methods. Freud has been a controversial figure not just in the west but in the Islamic world. His emphasis on sexual and aggressive drives as the motivational basis for behaviour, the deterministic and naturalistic assumptions of the model, and the direct attacks he made on religion in some of his writings all contribute to the controversy. However, Freud is also very much celebrated in the west and the Muslim world. And his psychoanalysis has been developed into some of the contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapies schools. In the Muslim world, Prof Malik Badri, among other prominent writers, has been a vociferous critique of western psychology and in particular Freudian psychoanalysis, while others have accepted Feud’s philosophy wholeheartedly.  

This course will introduce to the participant the philosophical assumptions, view of human nature, model of personality, model of health and abnormality, model of psychotherapy and psychoanalytic therapy techniques Freudian practioners espouse with an analysis and appraisal from the Islamic ontological and epistemic framework. The course will cover a number of case studies from the tutor and there will be ample opportunity for participants to ask questions and also present their case studies for Islamic supervision.

Course Features

  1. Online, live course with live Q&A, presentations, digital whiteboard, and chat, as well as supervision sessions with Shaykh A. Hasan.
  2. Approx. 5 hours of live classes which will also be recorded and uploaded for catch up and revision.
  3. Practical explanation of the philosophical models.
  4. Learn whether Freudian psychotherapies are Islamic or Unislamic?  
  5. Learn the basic principles of Freudian psychoanalysis and the contemporary psychodynamic therapeutic schools.
  6. Principles of Islamic psychology and counselling
  7. Receive an exclusive free e-book of the course at the beginning of the course – especially authored for this course.
  8. Receive the slides of the course exclusive for the attendees of the course
  9. Group chat with teacher and peers. Go through the journey together.
  10. One to one mentoring if you need extra help (this has a separate fee).
  11. Receive a certification of attendance – and opportunity to take part in future Islamic counselling work.

Who is This Course For?

The Muslim Freud course is for all therapists, counsellors, psychologists, mental health practioners, psychiatrists, imams/scholars and chaplains. It is also for anyone who wishes to receive an intro to western psychological philosophy. You do not need to be a counsellor or a therapists.   

Who is this course NOT for?

This course is not for anyone under 16.


There are no prerequisites other than your commitment and openness to learn and develop your understanding.

Course Content & Learning Outcomes

Topics and featuresOutcomes – participants on this course will:
1. Overview of Freud’s psyche, history and philosophical assumptions.   1. Delve in to the psyche and mind of Freud. Understand the philosophical basis of Freudian psychotherapy and contrast that with the Islamic appraisals. Understand what psychology and counselling/psychotherapy and their purpose from the secular and Islamic perspective.  
2. Human Nature – Models of health, psychotherapy and abnormality.  2. Understand the model of health espoused by Freud. Understand the model of abnormality espoused by Freud all with the Islamic appraisals.
3. Psychotherapeutic interventions.  3. Understand the main interventions espoused by Freud and whether they can be considered Islamically valid.
4. Psychopathology and Sin (ithm/ma’asi).  4. Understand the relationship between psychopathology or mental disorders and sin – disobedience to God. Understand whether a Muslim/believer can suffer from mental disorders? Understand whether the Qur’an and Salah are enough to treat mental disorders?  

The above topics and learning objectives may go through small amendment before the course starts.

Dates and Schedule

Saturday 27 June 2020 3pm – 6pm | Sunday 28 June 3pm – 6pm.  

Note: there may be half hour or so extended at each day. This will be at the discretion of the teacher.


£15 Early Bird discount expires midnight Saturday 13 June 2020  

Registration is only available via the website.

Brief Teacher Biography

Shaykh Abdullah Hasan

Sh. Abdullah Hasan studied Islamic studies in the UK and in the Middle East for over 10 years. He specialises in Fiqh and Usul, Zakat, and ahwal al Sakhsiya. Over the last 15 years or so he has researched and studied secular and Islamic psychology and counselling frameworks. He has been providing pastoral, spiritual and counselling help to individuals and couples based on the Islamic counselling framework he has developed for the last 15 years all over the UK. Sh. Abdullah Hasan has enormous interest and passion in the field of community and people development. He has over 10 years of management, leadership and training experience within the third sector. He is the founder of British Imams and Scholars Contributions & Achievement Awards (BISCA), which is a national platform to celebrate, support & nurture positive leadership within the community. The Founder of British Institutes, Mosques & Association Awards (BIMA), which is a national platform celebrating the achievements of mosques and Islamic institutions. A founder of Imams Against Domestic Abuse (IADA), an international coalition of leaders to end domestic abuse. He established the first ever Islamic post graduate counselling course – Licensed Islamic Professional Counsellor (Ijazah-acrediation), and the British Islamic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association. 

How to Join and Study This Course

  1. Register and pay at the above link. This will give you your username and password to the learning management system on the Mawarid website. Register and pay before Dec to enjoy the early bird discount.
  2. You will be sent a confirmation of your place.
  3. You will receive access to the course reading in advance each session.
  4. The link for the live virtual classroom will be provided by email and on the website before each session. The link will go live on the day of the session.
  5. To benefit fully from the course, you should complete all reading in advance. This will ensure you are ready with questions.



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