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The Mindful Muslim is an Inspirited Minds podcast that hosts raw, open, and honest conversations on various topics within the sphere of mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality.

In this episode, we meet Samia Quddus, a fully qualified psycho-therapeutic Integrative Therapist (MBACP) and primary school teacher with a specialism in social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). She is creator of the UK’s first Islamic and psychology inspired gratitude journal, Taqdeer Life, and she is the author of a children’s emotional well-being story, Freya’s Funny Feeling. She has published articles in the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Children, Young People and Families magazine.

She has specialised in child and young people counselling, and she shares what to look out for in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. We also spoke extensively about:

  • The challenges children and young people are facing
  • Her inspiration and journey towards publishing the Taqdeer Life journal, and then Freya’s Funny Feeling
  • How to understand trauma and abuse, and what we can do about it
  • How to address the inter-general gaps between parents and children
  • The impact of culture and religion on mental health, and how we can make this more positive and healthy
  • How to bring up girls and young women in a community where they can feel accepted and maintain wellbeing
  • Some creative ways of dealing with life’s pressures, lack of motivation and purpose, and being in an uncomfortable situation

Samia is an experienced therapist and teacher, and you can contact her via email at or You can also follow her on Instagram @taqdeerlife and @freyasfunnyfeeling, where you can find more information about the Taqdeer Life journal and Freya’s Funny Feeling, and even buy your own copy!

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Sarah Gulamhusein

Sarah is a Master’s graduate in Psychology, having completed an undergraduate degree in Medical Biochemistry. She is passionate about mental health and has attained a good knowledge of mental illnesses from both a scientific and psychological perspective. From her early years, she has been a keen writer and has consistently used her words to raise awareness and battle the stigma of mental health in society, highlight the challenges faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities within the UK – especially for an organisation called 1000women. She hopes to use her skills and motivation to inspire others, promote co-existence and help others.

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