RESEARCH

Iman Network is devoted to researching and developing therapeutic approaches in mental health to meet the need of diverse and specific populations. Also, it is working on researching and developing therapeutic approaches for mental health professionals and mental patients to help individuals reach their optimal success in life.

Published research

Positivity during a Pandemic Can COVID-19 raise the psychological immunity of individuals and society?

A time for crises is a time for opportunities. The COVD-19 crisis is a real opportunity for psychological immunity, learning, and re-strengthening social cohesion if we exercise responsibility, flexibility, and awareness.

Media-generated panic and rumors surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic cause anxiety and confusion as fears are magnified: fear of a lack of food and medical supplies, fear that this disease will take more lives and fear of the unknown itself. There is also a fear of unemployment, isolation, and social exclusion if an individual is rumored to be sick and have to be quarantined. This situation results in tremendous psychological pressure, which may turn into a feeling of anger. Individuals who spread such negative rumors may be more vulnerable to psychological damage, as they fall victim to an over-exaggerated fear.

Instead, individuals must have a definite sense of responsibility and follow recommended preventive and hygienic methods without letting fear control their lives. Individuals must be flexible and creative in finding beneficial alternatives to help them continue their lives without exposing themselves and their families to risk. For example, individuals can attend work or school remotely or exercise around their neighborhood while practicing social distancing measures. Not keeping busy increases anxiety and fear; we must stay flexible and productive so that stress and tension do not control us as a result.

Positive effects of the COVD-19 pandemic include:

  • Gaining skills in staying healthy.
  • Learning how to maintain high standards of personal hygiene.
  • Restoring family relations and
  • Learning responsibility towards society.
  • Learning how to deal positively with crises.
  • Learning positive
  • Learning asceticism as certain things accustomed to suddenly disappear in an emergency.
  • Increasing psychological immunity on a personal and social level. Individual good characteristics will emerge.
  • Learning how to maintain personal calm and
  • Learning to provide the necessary care to others such as family members, relatives, and neighbors. Individuals will feel proud of their unselfishness and the care they have shown towards others.
  • Re-assessing life’s priorities and relationships, instead of material things.
  • Learning how to appreciate others, especially our older adults.
  • Learning to value real social relationships rather than social media relationships.
  • Learning how to develop sympathy for those who are less fortunate.
  • Learning the importance of engaging and giving to charities.
  • Learning how to put our humanity first and put our differences aside.
  • Learning how to enjoy and appreciate every moment of life.

Despite the difficult circumstances surrounding people during this pandemic, we must have hope and strive to think positively to overcome it together. We need to look favorably towards the future. This crisis is a time of opportunity, a time for reflection, and learning.

 Positivites during a Pandemic

Current research

Muslim American Healthcare and Spiritual Need (MAHSN) in the health care system

Iman Network is partnering with Chicago University, Initiate on Islam and Medicine, and other national organizations in research that focuses on studying Muslim American Healthcare and Spiritual Need (MAHSN) in the health care system.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes for participants to complete. Participants must be Muslim and 18 years or older to participate. The survey will be conducted online. We invite you to participate in this national health survey which will have a positive impact on Muslims across the United States of America. 15 minutes of your time could help improve healthcare for future generations.

Participants’ responses will be kept anonymous and confidential, and no identifiable information or protected health information will be collected or stored. Data will be used in aggregate. There are no direct benefits to your clinic or the participants and there will be no costs associated with participating in this study. We hope to use the results to guide providers to better meet the needs of their Muslim participants.