3 Parenting Tips From The Quran

3 Parenting Tips From The Quran

The Quran is a source of guidance for us all. Due to its divine nature, the reader must make a cognitive attempt to understand a deeper meaning of the verses. The following three points were extracted from the Quran in order to obtain some insights into parenting from Quranic perspective. Dealing with questions asked by very young children Young children, beginning from ages 3 and above, always ask questions. At times, these questions can be very complicated and difficult to answer. Most of the time, the answer is very simple. As a therapist, I have always asked parents to not give out the answer...

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Atheism and the story of Musa and Khidr

Atheism and the story of Musa and Khidr

The beloved Prophet Muhammad (S) has said in a hadith reported by Abu Hurairah (R) and recorded in Sahih Muslim: Men will continue to question one another till this is propounded: Allah created all things but who created Allah? He who found himself confronted with such a situation should say: I affirm my faith in Allah. And in another very similar hadith: The Satan comes to everyone. of you and says: Who created this and that? till he questions: Who created your Lord? When he comes to that, one should seek refuge in Allah and keep away (from such idle thoughts). These sayings of the Prophet...

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Why Debating the Existence of God is Pointless!

Why Debating the Existence of God is Pointless!

Why debating the existence of God is pointless In case you missed it, a few days ago Bill Ney (the Science guy) debated Ken Ham (the Christian guy?). This was a Creationism vs Evolution debate that took place at the Creation Museum of Petersburg in Kentucky and was aired live on YouTube. As the debate progressed and finally ended, the internets went outrageous over who had won. In my humble opinion, in a debate like this, there are no winners. This isn’t the first time a debate has taken place between science and religion, and it will certainly not be the last. First of all, in case...

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Ruh – The Spirit

Ruh – The Spirit

Due to His infinite wisdom, God has not spoken much about The Spirit in the Quran. Perhaps this was due to the inability of human minds to grasp this concept along with other less-mentioned topics in the Quran. Allah (SWT) says in (17:85):  “They ask you [O Muhammad] concerning the Spirit. Say: "The Spirit comes by command of my Lord: of knowledge it is only a little that is communicated to you, (O men!)" The first condition we must accept is that the Spirit originates from God. This connection is also evident from another verse (15:29) in which Allah (SWT) is explaining the creation of Adam...

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Depression – A Self-Help Treatment Module

Depression – A Self-Help Treatment Module

Depression can be a very dangerous illness. It affects all areas of our lives and can take over many important aspects of our personal and social domains of life. The topic has been previously discussed in another post.  The purpose of this post is to provide a self-help module of treating depression. This model was taken from Center for Clinical Interventions, an Australian government agency. It consists of nine worksheets in PDF. They are posted separately and compressed in a single zip file for anyone to download and use. 001 - Overview of Depression 002 - Behavioral Strategies for Managing...

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Important Milestones in Our Lives

Important Milestones in Our Lives

There are distinct milestones that occur throughout the life. Chronologically, these milestones are: 1)    Birth, 2)    Puberty, 3)    Marriage, 4)    Death of a loved one, 5)    Retirement, and 6)    Death It is important to note that the order of occurrence may vary from person to person. For instance, someone may experience death of a loved one before marriage or after retirement. Similarly, someone may choose to get married after retirement. These are various exceptions; however, the pattern remains the same in general. Birth is the introduction of a person...

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The Role of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)

The Role of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)

Islam is a religion, a way of life, given to us by Allah (SWT) through His messenger, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This, although a very simple sentence, can and has caused a tremendous amount of confusion and problems in the past. While some have completely neglected the role of Muhammad (PBUH) and denied the use of his Sunnah, others have incorrectly elevated his role and have associated features with Muhammad (PBUH) that only belong to Allah (SWT). In this article, I will attempt to dissect the problem and clarify it conceptually. Allah (SWT) and His systems Allah (SWT) created...

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Do You Trust Yourself?

Do You Trust Yourself?

Have you ever heard of the Black Wall Street? It isn’t a very well-known place in this day and age primarily because of two reasons. One, it existed in the early 1900’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Moreover, it was undoubtedly the most affluent all-Black communities that ever existed. Considering the general status of the African American community, it would be very difficult to fathom that, in the early 1900’s, Black Wall Street had 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stories, 2 movie theatres, a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half dozen private airplanes,...

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Innate Weakness vs. Evil

Innate Weakness vs. Evil

Growths of Darwinism followed by other supporting ideologies have smeared a dark and evil picture of human beings. Human beings have the intellectual abilities to control other human beings and animals. Therefore, the very ideas of innate evil, sexual and aggressive drives, and Original Sin are contradictory to the perfection in our creation. “We have certainly created man in the best of stature; Then We return him to the lowest of the low, Except for those who believe and do righteous deeds, for they will have a reward uninterrupted.” (95:4-6) Every creation has a weakness; similarly,...

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The Prophet Muhammad (S) as a Therapist

The Prophet Muhammad (S) as a Therapist

The three most fundamental and essential qualities of an effective therapist are: empathy, positive regard, and genuineness. Together, these are also known as Therapeutic Triad. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) employed all three qualities when dealing with others. Therefore, in a very subtle and obscure manner, he was conducting therapy. In this post, I will highlight empathy as portrayed by Prophet Muhammad (S). Empathic Listening Psychotherapy is often referred to as "Talk Therapy" due to the most obvious reason: it is a form of therapy where the client talks and therapist...

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