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Abusive, Toxic, and Mentally Ill Mother

  Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I am a Muslim woman in her early twenties, living with my parents and I have always had trouble in my household. I have grown up in a toxic and violently abusive environment with consistent emotional, verbal and psychological abuse, and at many times physical abuse. […]

All That Remained – Navigating Dementia With Faith

A student observes his grandmother dealing with dementia, and discovers the one thing that remains with her as her memory slowly fades. Dementia is a heartbreaking illness. It impairs a person’s ability to think, changes their personality, and can cause them to forget their most beloved ones. In times of hardship, when all else is […]

Schizophrenia – Fiqh Ruling

Shaykh Salman Younas is asked about the level or degree of religious responsibility of a person who is diagnosed with schizophrenia. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I have schizophrenia as diagnosed by a doctor who is not Muslim. Am I held responsible in terms of prayer, fasting etc? Answer: Wa alaykum assalam […]

Ghazali’s Science of the Soul – Shaykh Dr Asim Yusuf

What Imam Ghazali focuses on is the development of internal character traits. God talks about the soul that will eventually return to Him and He describes that soul as being the tranquil soul. The soul that is at peace with itself, as opposed to a struggling soul, which God describes as self-accusing.

Abu Zayd Balkhi on Depression – Shaykh Dr Asim Yusuf

This is the second part of a talk by Shaykh Dr Asim Yusuf on approaches to depression and anxiety in Classical Islam. Here he presents the author and physician Abu Zayd Balkhi. I want to move on to a couple of these therapists. I say therapists. That’s a Freudian slip. The first of them is […]

The Human Condition and the Sira – Shaykh Dr Asim Yusuf

I am going to be talking about the issue of depression and anxiety in classical Islam. My focus is on some of the ways in which depression and anxiety were tackled in the classical Muslim civilization.

Faith is Believing, Not Feeling – Dr. Ingrid Mattson

There may be times when we feel that we aren’t benefiting from our faith. But true faith is when we still believe that Allah will do what He has promised. In this address, Dr. Ingrid Mattson explains this concept in relation to the believer’s heart, mind, and actions. How can Faith Benefit Me? If faith […]

How Do I Calm My Worries?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Are there any specific duas or Surahs I can recite to help me with my constant state of anxiousness, depression and paranoia that I have been feeling due to a multitude of heavy things and it’s been weighing me down.I just need a way of easing my difficulties. Answer: […]

Concepts of Health and Disease within an Islamic Framework, by Shaykh Jamir Meah

In Shaykh Jamir Meah’s first article in this series, he discussed the importance of holistic healing for believers in the treatment of chronic disease. In this article, he specifically looks at the concept of health and disease, and how this understanding relates to our own religious states and practice.   The Concepts of Oneness, Duality, and […]

What Are the Islamic Rulings Related to Someone Suffering From Dementia?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Assalam aleykum My grandma has totally lost her mind. She doesn’t know what she is saying, can’t eat, or relieve herself, so the family need to do everything for her. a. Is she exempt from prayers? b. Does she still have to cover herself in the presence of non-mehram […]