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 16K1 - A Muslim Interfaith Chaplain's Perspective on Providing Spiritual Care
presented by Ali R. Candir

90 minutes (1.5 CE Hours)

This is an AUDIO ONLY recording
$35/member; $65/non-member
Item Number: 1602WebAR
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Price: $65.00
Providing spiritual care to Muslim patients is a relatively new area. There are limited resources on this topic. It would be beneficial for non-Muslim chaplains to develop an understanding about the basic beliefs and practices when providing spiritual care for Muslim patients. What does Islam teach about illness and healing? What are some of the practical guidelines when treating Muslim patients and their families? What are the points of view of Muslim scholars on contemporary medical issues, such as euthanasia, abortion and end-of-life treatments? What are the dietary concerns of Muslim patients? Gender roles? Fasting in Ramadan?

On the other hand, the number of Muslim chaplains serving in hospital settings is very low, and they face issues every day when providing spiritual care to non-Muslim patients. How to offer a prayer? How can they move beyond the stereotypes and perceptions? How to work with staff? How to apply, within hospital settings, the Islamic teachings at the core of treating everybody with kindness, respect and compassion?

These and other issues will be explored during the presentation, which will offer insights into the needs and traditions of Muslim patients, and provide an Islamic perspective on spiritual care.

Learning Objectives

1. Become familiar with the essential beliefs and practices around illness and healing in Islam.

2. Gain insights that might be helpful for Muslim chaplains who work in settings where majority of patients are non-Muslims.

3. Identify some of the key cultural differences within the Muslim world.

Content level: Basic


Ali R. Candir is a chaplain resident at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston. He received his Master of Arts degree in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim relations from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. For 15 years, Candir has been leading non-profit institutions that promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue. He teaches Religions in Dialogue courses at the University of Houston Clear Lake and speaks English, Spanish and Turkish.

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