Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

We have a few announcements for you.

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 9th to 13th May. This year, the Mental Health Foundation are raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.

There has been an increase of people in the UK as well as the rest of the world experiencing loneliness over the past few decades which has had a major impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic.

Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all contribute by spreading the awareness and helping people we know that may be experiencing mental health conditions and loneliness.

Scroll down to see a list of resources in relation to Mental Health Awareness Week. Please browse our shop website for more information and additional resources.

Prison Packs 2022

Muslim prisoners have a difficult time practising their faith in prison.  Lack of halal food, inadequate prayer facilities, difficulty in managing fasting as well as discrimination from other prisoners are just some of the issues faced by Muslim prisoners. This is made worse by the sense of isolation from the Muslim community and their friends and family.

This year we wish to support our fellow Muslims in prison with prison packs. Each pack will contain items that will help them with their worship and remind them that they have not been forgotten.

The items included this year include:

–  x1 Blackness and Islam by Imam Dawud Walid

–  x1 Sweet Packet from HalalZone

–  x1 Prayer Beads (Tasbeeh)

–  x1 Itar Perfume (Turkish Holiday scented fragrance)

Each Pack will cost £20 and will be a wonderful gift to a fellow Muslim to show they have not been forgotten by their brothers and sisters in the world.

Throwback – Author Evening with Victoria Brittain – Shadow Lives

On May 2013, IHRC hosted an Author Evening event with Victoria Brittain who discussed her publication, Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror. Click below to view the recording of the event.

Victoria Brittain lived and worked as a journalist in Washington, Nairobi, Saigon, Algiers and London, and has travelled extensively in Africa and the Middle East. She worked at the Guardian for 20 years. She is author of Death of Dignity: Angola’s Civil War (1997), co-author of Moazzam Begg’s Guantanamo memoir, Enemy Combatant (2006) and author and co-author of two verbatim plays.. As of 2020, Brittain is chair of Declassified UK, an investigative journalism organisation with a focus on UK foreign, military and intelligence policies.

About the book: 

A searching, sensitive, and wrenching account of the ordeal of the women left behind, their torment, their endurance and courage, their triumphs over the cruel “extension of prison to home.” And not least, a revealing picture of what we have allowed ourselves to become. (Noam Chomsky)

This is a window into an invisible world…a reminder that abandoning normal legal standards has serious consequences for the Rule of Law. (Helena Kennedy QC)

Victoria Brittain’s book is a uniquely powerful and moving account of the tragic consequences of policies which flout fundamental rights and the rule of law. It adds a new and deeply disturbing dimension to the story of the response to 9/11. (Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC)

Shadow Lives is a landmark work that takes over your heart and head. In drawing together lives scattered and devastated and made heroic by the ‘war on terror’, Victoria Brittain, one of the greatest reporters, tells us the truth about these dangerous times. (John Pilger)

Below are some books that are currently in-stock: 

Like the Moon Loves the Sky – Hena Khan

A lyrical and heartwarming celebration of a mother’s love for her children by the award-winning author of Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns. In this moving picture book, author Hena Khan shares her wishes for her children: “Inshallah you find wonder in birds as they fly. Inshallah you are loved, like the moon loves the sky.”

With vibrant illustrations and prose inspired by the Quran, this charming picture book is a heartfelt and universal celebration of a parent’s unconditional love.

Show Up: A Motivational Message for Muslim Women – Na’ima B. Robert

When award-winning author and magazine editor Na’ima B. Robert lost her husband of 15 years and found herself solely responsible for their five children and her late husband’s company. The entire axis of her world shifted. Suddenly, she was a widow, a single mother, and a reluctant CEO.

But, through her faith in Allah’s plan for her and her decision to choose gratitude over despair, she was able to rise from the tragedy and show up differently: more present, more confident, more powerful, more grateful than ever.

A personal story of the author reflecting on her journey of life with references to quotes from the Qur’an, Hadith and contemporary thinkers.

The Boy Who Lost Himself – Faraaz Ahmed Siddiqui

A very relatable and relevant story of an experience of today’s children. Themes of peer pressure, greed, instant gratification and games

We hope it inspires your child to be their best selves and make the best of the gifts Allah(swt) has blessed them within themselves.




Islamic Psychology Around the Globe – Amber Haque and Abdallah Rothman

Islamic Psychology (IP) is an emerging discipline evident from a consistent growth of publications worldwide in the last 40 years. While the body of knowledge and practice is not new and was known as Ilm an-Nafs or science of the self during the Islamic Golden Age, it lost its significance for many centuries primarily because of the secularization of psychology and colonization of the Muslim world.

IP has now developed into a professional and academic field, as it tries to understand the human self from an Islamic worldview. This book examines IP development in 17 countries ranging from Indonesia to Bosnia to the United States. A bird’s eye view of the discipline’s growth, as offered across the chapters in this book, can help the reader understand the history, challenges, and prospects of this developing field and illuminate for the broader field of psychology how the Islamic tradition has been integrated into mental health practices in Muslim communities. The book broadens the reach of modern psychology by exploring spirituality and religion in the Muslim world.

Bibi’s Blessing – Lela Usama Goldsmith

An intricately woven Islamic story for kids about finding the hidden blessings in everything that happens!

Mwana lives in Lamu with her grandmother, Bibi. Bibi makes the best mofa bread on the island, and Mwana sells them at the market.

After she trips on a stone and drops all the mofas that Bibi made, Mwana is sad and disappointed. She can’t sell them anymore!

Bibi tells her there are blessings in everything that happens, but will Mwana be able to see them?

The Virtues of Seclusion in the times of Confusion – Shaykh ‘And al-Ghani al-Nablusi

In this work, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi discusses the importance of avoiding strife (fitna), steering clear of conflict with others, and details the worldly and Afterworldly virtues of minding one’s business, keeping aloof from “drama,” maintaining a low profile, and focusing on what’s truly important-care for one’s self and family, and salvation and leaving this world with one’s faith intact.



With the Heart in Mind: The Moral and Emptional Intelligence of the Prophet (S) – Mikaeel Ahmed Smith

With the Heart in Mind is an inquiry into the nature of the intellect and why classical Islamic theologians understood the nature and function of the intellect. The author suggests by studying the emotional intelligence of the Prophet, we improve the quality of our relationships with the people around us.

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