Islamic Psychology in Modern Life

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Theory and Practice for all. Tutor: Dr TK Harris MD, Neuropsychiatrist

Learning Objectives:

  • Know what the parts of the mind in Islamic psychology, and how this relates to happiness.
  • Use this structure to describe how mind works in everyday, realtime situations.
  • Describe the qualities of Islamic concepts: Nafs (Emotions), Aql (Intellect) and Qalb (Heart)
  • Understand how wellbeing and good conduct are forged from the Islamic model.
  • Apply this learning to a real-life situation of overthinking ( also known as obsessional thoughts or was-was)

Learner Requirements:

No prior experience required.

About the typical learner:

  • You want to understand Islamic approaches to living well. You don’t need prior experience.
  • You’re curious about how to improve your own mental wellbeing or for others in your life.
  • You’re interested in mental health for your own learning or for your professional or academic needs.
  • You want be effective in understanding how Islamic psychology works in personal or professional life.
  • You’re aware of great speakers Mufti Menk, Nouman Ali Khan, Omar Suleiman or Yasmine Moghahed, and want to take your understanding to a deeper level.


Ancient traditions are coming back in a big way. They are timeless, and deal with the human condition very sympathetically.

Islamic psychology is surprisingly related in its origins to modern psychology and medicine. In fact, the world’s first psychiatric hospital was founded in medieval times by a doctor called Al-Razi, and many of its treatments would be recognised in a modern setting, including counselling, exercise, meditation and so on.

In this course, which is the first and only of its kind on Seeds of Guidance, Islam meets modern science in describing the essence of mental health and real-world contentment across all areas of life. Gain a full understanding of how your mind works. Increase your mental wellbeing using the concept of Tharwatul Qalb, or Mental Wealth, which cuts across all aspects of mental health, from illness right through to exceptional performance and noble conduct (Akhlaaq). Understand the emotions (Nafs), Intellect (Aql), and the Highest self or True self (Qalb). 

Dr TK Harris is a retired neuropsychiatrist who trained in medicine in Oxford and went on to work in a clinical career for 20 years at the highest level- consultant neuropsychiatrist. A long time friend of Mufti Menk, he began writing groundbreaking books that combined Islamic and secular (academic) psychology. He has published seven books so far, three of which were Amazon best sellers in the Islamic Books category.

This course takes the mystery out of the mind, and gives the learner the tools needed to understand it clearly. We will cover a very relevant, working model of psychology and mental health that can be used to help oneself or others. Suitable for learners at all levels, from the lay person up to academic students and professionals who want to broaden their understanding and discover some genuinely useful tools that can be applied in any situation.

Course Content

Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Human Emotions and Instincts
Module 3: The Intellect
Module 4: The True Self Qalb or Heart
Module 5: Applying Islamic Psychology

Ratings and Reviews

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Ali Chibuzor Orji, Esq.
Posted 1 day ago
Masha Allah tabarakallah!

All through, I felt as though this course was meant just for me. In an increasingly chaotic world, this is quite a booster. Jazzakumullahu khair for the insights. May Allah (SWT) increase you in knowledge.

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Mayah girl
Posted 6 days ago
Understanding the human mind

Alhamdulillah Rabil Alamin. It was so interesting & enlightening. Learnt new things about the human mind. Jazakallahu hairan

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Nazifi Adam
Posted 1 week ago

I really enjoyed, learn and benefit from this course.

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Posted 1 week ago
Very helpful

Very helpful .. Explained in a simple way Easy to understand.

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Mirza mohammad Abdurrazaq
Posted 1 week ago
The work out of nafs,qalb,heart.

Alhamdulillah, I like the way of explanation.

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Posted 2 weeks ago
Controlling one's thoughts

I like everything about the course. Concise and very educative

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DrTK Harris
Posted 2 weeks ago

Masha’allah so nice to hear. The course is trying to simplify very complex concepts; I’m glad of the early feedback that it is achieving that. To learn more, you should know that:
– I have released my first book, Instant Insights, free to the public too- we reached our sales target. Find it at
– My other courses, longer and more in-depth, can be found on Udemy.
I make them free or cheap, but high quality. My mission is to benefit people; whatever funds I raise goes to my mental health access mission.

    Mehtab Basha
    Posted 1 week ago

    Assalamualaikum Dr Harris . What a coincidence , subhanallah , I was browsing through udemy for Islamic counseling courses and Came across yours and was wondering how I can I have a peek of the course before I actually sign up for this and today coincidently this free course link was sent to me in one of the group chats by someone I don’t know. Allah guides to what we are looking for . I just want to add that the courses on udemy show different prices in different browsers and different countries , so I am really not sure about Udemy, is there any other way to access your courses , JazakAllah Khair .

ziyad borkar
Posted 2 weeks ago

It was a great short course and it did teach me a lot in just one day. Alhamdulillah, thank you for such an amazing course

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Gesi Lloja
Posted 2 weeks ago
the best

great islamic teachings

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