The Qur’an & Emotional Health project was established to learn how to engage more effectively with people from Muslim communities, and to better meet their needs in culturally appropriate ways.
These tips have been compiled as a result of the work and the feedback that was gathered afterwards.
- Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
- Challenge your assumptions by asking questions and listening to people’s responses.
- Keep in mind the community’s needs and work towards them – not your own.
- Don’t be scared of getting things wrong. If you make sure the people you’re working with know you’re there for them, you can gain their trust and they’ll be understanding and supportive.
- Be clear about what you can offer and agree on common objectives.
- Develop links with community-based organisations and community leaders. Creating strong, reciprocal relationships will enable you to ask for advice and support from authoritative people. This will be useful, because sometimes you’ll need to ask others to carry out your activity as they have influence among and command the respect of the communities they serve.
You can read more about The Qur’an & Emotional Health project in their case study.