‘Quranic verses to help address mental health issues’

Islamabad: Guidance should be taken from the Quranic verses to address mental health problems, the president of the International Islamic University, Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, said Thursday.

He was addressing the graduation ceremony of the “International Diploma in Mental Health, Law and Human Rights” here on the IIU Faisal Masjid campus. It was the first batch of this diploma that had up to 27 participants who completed this 1.5-year course that was a joint venture of the Departments of Psychology and Shariah and Law of the university with the technical support of the World Health Organization (WHO ). The diploma was aimed at developing indigenous practices and interventions to direct mental health services in Pakistan and train professionals and students in best practices in the context of the state human rights law.

The closing ceremony was joined by the rector of the IIU, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, and the president of the IIU, Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, the vice president, Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khalily, head of the Department of Law, Dr Azizur Rehman, course coordinators, relevant officials and course participants.

“The interdisciplinary approach is the definitive solution to contemporary problems,” said Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and added that the company is an omen of success. He said that society has high expectations for the academy and educational institutions must deliver to society through constructive results.

The rector said that an innovative approach should be adopted and that it is time to return to the country the investment he has made in the education sector. Dr. Al Draiweesh said on the occasion that joint ventures and practical projects in all educational fields are vital to academic and social excellence.

He urged the practical implementation of the degrees and suggested that medical diplomas be offered throughout the Muslim world to expand student exposure. “Mental health is as important as physical health. Guidance should be taken from the Quranic verses to solve mental health problems,” he said.

Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, who argued that mental health was the topic that is of vital importance in this age of technology when indoor devices and routines have caused an increase in psychological disorders. He called on Muslim universities around the world to bring all psychological experts to a platform and launch a well-designed series of such diplomas.

Dr. Tahir Khalily explained the objectives and vision of the diploma and revealed future plans. He thanked the academic fraternity for attending the event and promised that the diploma would be demonstrated as a millstone for interdisciplinary ventures.

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