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Female, Personal, Social Justice, Society

Do Black Muslim Women Deserve Safe Spaces?

بسم الله و الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله The answer to the question in the title may appear obvious: Yes! Everyone deserves to have a safe space! However, it appears that carving out safe spaces for Muslim women who's identities intersect along various racial, ethnic and cultural planes is often met with push [...]

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Mental Health, Pause & Ponder, Therapy Diaries

Therapy Diaries #6 – You Are Here to Help, Not Heal

بسم الله و الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله I will admit, I had a lot of anxieties surrounding my internship as a counselling therapist. 10 months in, and, Alhamdulillah, I can say that most of those anxieties have not only been quelled, but replaced by a sense of tranquility and purpose. Mind you, I [...]

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Pause & Ponder, Personal, Personal Development, Relationships, Spirituality

A Darkened Light

بسم الله و الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله “What am I supposed to be learning here?” “What am I supposed to be learning, ya Rab?” I’m confused. I’ve been trying to figure out a correlation for quite some time now: some of the most negative people I’ve met in my life have also been the most [...]

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Pause & Ponder, Personal, Personal Development, Spirituality

Semantics and Perspective Shifts

بسم الله و الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله I came across the following quote and was deeply touched by it: "What one person calls a psychotic break, another calls a break for inner freedom. Sometimes we 'leave reality' because there is an older, truer reality that wants to come through to be healed. We can only [...]

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Personal, Spirituality

Nursing a Wounded Iman

بسم الله و الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله "Iman is like a roller coaster...it goes up and down...up and down...up and down...up...and down..." I'm sure we've all heard something like the above before. A way of describing the tumultuous nature of iman, or level/strength of one's faith. It's well known that iman is something that fluctuates. [...]

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Audio Series, Da'wah, Reclaiming Ramadan Series 2016

Reclaiming Ramadan (Ep. 4) – Why Me?: Recognizing YOUR Tests and What to do About Them

بسم الله و الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله In this fourth and final episode of my 2016 Reclaiming Ramadan series, I discuss the importance of recognizing the challenges we have in life as being tests from Allah (SWT), and developing a healthy - and productive - perspective when it comes to dealing with them. Please take a listen! I think [...]