About Us

Grounded in Islamic traditions, Maristan is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing holistic, mental and spiritual wellness through professional clinical care, education, and research. Our approach is inspired by the rich legacy of Islamic scholars’ contributions to the field of Ilm al-Nafs, now revitalized as Islamic Psychology. This lens underscores the interconnected nature of the mind, body, and soul, guiding our commitment to holistic and comprehensive care. As the community partner of the Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology Lab at Stanford University, we bridge research with practice through offering evidence-based training to equip religious, community, and clinical leaders in addressing mental health crises within Muslim communities. Our mission is to foster holistic wellbeing for all communities by providing culturally sensitive and accessible mental health services, educational resources, and meaningful community engagement opportunities.


Empowering Minds, Transforming Lives

The History of Maristans

The Maristans were groundbreaking institutions of healing in Islamic Civilization, dedicated to treating psychological illnesses. They embodied the following core values:

Our Values:


Cultural sensitivity

Integration of mental health

Holistic well-being

Pioneering spirit


From the 8th Century onwards, the Maristans became a trademark of the Muslim world, transforming the understanding and treatment of psychological ailments. They introduced specialized wards within larger Islamic hospital complexes and later established stand-alone institutions solely focused on caring for the mentally ill.
At our organization, we are honored to carry forward the legacy of the Maristans. We draw inspiration from their compassionate and comprehensive care, integrating these core values into our approach. Our mission is to provide culturally sensitive and accessible mental health services that promote holistic well-being for all.

Empowering Minds, Transforming Lives

Maristans & Islamic Psychology

  • At Maristans, we delve into the profound connection between mental health and Islamic psychology.
  • At Maristans, we delve into the profound connection between mental health and Islamic psychology.
  • By embracing the teachings of Islam and integrating them into therapy and counseling, we offer a unique and comprehensive approach to supporting individuals on their healing journey.
  • Through our work, we aim to promote emotional well-being, enhance spiritual growth, and foster a deeper understanding of the human psyche within the context of Islamic beliefs and practices.

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Empowering Minds, Transforming Lives

Inspiring Change for a Brighter Tomorrow

At Maristan, we are driven by a clear mission and vision that guides our work:


Provide culturally and religiously congruent mental health services

Create a safe and inclusive space for individuals to explore their well-being within the context of their faith

Raise awareness about mental health within the Muslim community and beyond

Break down stigmas and foster a supportive environment


Inspire positive change in individuals, families, and communities

Deepen the understanding of the interplay between mental health and Islamic teachings

Prioritize mental health and well-being

Equip individuals with the tools for leading fulfilling lives

Through the integration of Islamic principles and evidence-based mental health practices, we strive to empower minds and inspire transformative change. Our ultimate goal is to build a world where mental health is prioritized, and individuals have the necessary support and resources to lead meaningful lives.

Learn about the dedicated individuals who make our mission a reality

Meet Our Team

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Dr. Rania Awaad

Dr. Rania Awaad, a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, combines her expertise in Islamic and medical sciences to advance mental health care. Her contributions to establishing Muslim mental health clinics and training programs are invaluable.


Board Member

Fouzia Babar

With extensive finance leadership experience, Fouzia Babar brings her knowledge and a deep passion for Islamic spirituality and psychology to Maristan.


Treasurer & Co-Founder

Mona Midani

Mona Midani, a co-founder of Maristan, is dedicated to providing culturally and religiously congruent training and clinical services. She also plays a vital role in research at the Stanford Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology Lab.

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Maristan is a Zakat eligible 501c3 Non-Profit Organization with Federal Tax ID: 87-1035868