USA: Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam Speaks at Loma Linda University on Perinatal Mental Health

The questions for the panel discussions were provided to the speakers prior to the event and addressed specific roles of various members of the family unit and how these roles help to alleviate mental health issues. 

Imam Zafarullah advised that both mothers and fathers are responsible for weaning the children

Imam Mohammed Zafarullah of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Chino, California delivered a lecture on the Islamic Perspectives on Perinatal Mental Health at the Loma Linda University in Loma Linda California on Thursday, October 27th 2016,

The all-day event was attended by about 200 students and guests. Students were awarded credit for this educational course. A panel discussion comprising of 7 individuals of various faith groups addressed the various perspectives of their religious following.

The questions for the panel discussions were provided to the speakers prior to the event and addressed specific roles of various members of the family unit and how these roles help to alleviate mental health issues.

Imam Zafarullah explained the beliefs and practices of Islam which serve to protect the families from the vices of society. These include the belief of one God, Angels, Prophets, Revealed Books and the Day of Judgment. He emphasized that beliefs must be in conjunction with Islamic practices which include proclaiming the name of God, 5 daily Prayers, Financial Sacrifice, Fasting during Ramadan and Hajj or Pilgrimage which should be performed at least once in the lifetime of a Muslim.

Regarding the question of what is built in Islam that support families with infants and young children, Imam Zafarullah pointed to the Islamic practices of repeating Adhan and Iqamat in the ears of a new born thus allowing them to opportunity of listening to the words of God from birth. Children must be educated in not only secular education but religious knowledge and practices including daily prayers. Parents pray for the children to be a delight of their eyes (a prayer from the Quran) and raise their children with this thought in mind that the child must be raised happily and peacefully and not be involved in sinful acts.

Imam Zafarullah advised that both mothers and fathers are responsible for weaning the children and exhibiting good examples of their own character to their children who consistently observe the behavior of their parents. He further explained that the practice of Islam is geared to prevention of issues such as mental health and other illnesses which ensue when religion is not practiced by individuals.

In conclusion, Imam Zafarullah said that to improve mental health, sincere Muslims should believe and practice the tenets of Islam as do the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community who espouse peace among mankind and live up to the motto of Love for All, Hatred for none.

— USA: Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam Speaks at Loma Linda University on Perinatal Mental Health