Empowerment & Resilience for the Modern Muslim

Day Time Duration Date Instructor Credits
Monday 6:00pm – 8:00pm 12 Weeks Sep 25th – Dec 11th Dr. Mohamed AbuTaleb 2


When life doesn’t go your way, do you tend to bounce back or fall apart?
If you’re handed a bad hand of cards, do you lash out or open up?

In this course, we explore Islamic beliefs, frameworks, and tools for building resilience across four dimensions: spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical. Resilience acts as a shield and a filter, promoting a positive, growth-centered mindset even when facing tragedy, loss, and traumatic life events.

The average Muslim today has faced waves of Islamophobic prejudice and has been impacted by generational traumas. The trials faced by the righteous and by religious leaders can be even more intense. Muslims believe these hardships are permitted by God’s Divine Wisdom and Qadar in order to unlock opportunities, facilitate growth, and open doors that would not be available without these struggles. However, without resilience, a person may become trapped by the problem, project it on others, feel victimized, or turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms like substance abuse, isolation, or even suicide.

We delve into self-development and tarbiyah methodologies that interrupt cycles of negativity and cultivate the inner strength needed to bounce back from setbacks and tragedies. This course is a required course for the Muslim Chaplaincy certificate.


COURSE FEE: The general admission is $297 per course. Then, $238 for each additional course. If you are a student, it is $179 per one for all students. Then, $119 for each additional course. If you are a MIRL student, it is $161 per one for all students. 

FINANCIAL AID: Please note that financial aid is offered on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are exhausted. Please apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being awarded. You can learn more about our financial aid policy here.

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“My experience with BIS has been transformative. I have had direct access to scholars and their knowledge, alhamdulillah in a way I have never experienced before. We’ve deeply explored the Muslim experience academically, challenging many of my previously held beliefs and narratives. I am forever grateful to BIS, the scholars and the organizers for this experience”.

Nuha Muntasser, Student