10 Ways to Avoid Marrying the Wrong Person!

Dr. Nafisa Sekandari and Sr. Hosai Mojaddidi “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy.  Indeed in that are signs ...

What’s Really Happening When You Vent All the Time

By Martha Beck   “Yes, your situation is infuriating. And yes, complaining bitterly can make you feel better but only up to a point”. ~ Martha Beck   Oh, the joy of collective bitching! How sweet it is to speak ...

7 Types of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

Originally posted by Amen Clinics Attention Deficit Disorder is one of the most well-recognized childhood developmental problems. But it doesn’t end in childhood. Did you know that a full 60% of those diagnosed with ADD in childhood will continue to ...

Dealing with “Toxic” Friends

Dr. Nafisa Sekandari and Sr. Hosai Mojaddidi Do you have a “friend” whom you’re always trying to avoid? Do you send their calls to voice mail and hope they don’t call back? Does being around them for longer than a ...

My First Ramadan: Week One

Guest Post By Archimedes Aquino This is my first year fasting as a Muslim.  I converted a month before the start of Ramadan.  What has been most difficult is binge eating and drinking from 3:00-4:00 am so that I can ...

Smart Kids More Likely to Use Drugs

Original Post:  Huffington Post by By Anna Almendrala How’s this for peer pressure? Not only do the cool kids smoke pot, but it turns out the smart kids do, too. We joke, of course. But a new study suggests that ...

Converting to Islam: The Highs and Lows

My Conversion Experience   Editor’s Note:  The convert/revert experience within the Muslim community, in a time of Islamophobia as well as hateful media and political rhetoric towards Muslims, can pose many challenges for the new convert. Individuals convert to Islam ...

Child Abuse & the Muslim Community

  Child abuse is the dirty little secret no one wants to talk about yet in many homes across the world, it’s as prevalent today as it was centuries ago.  According to www.childhelp.org, “Over 3 million reports of child abuse ...

Anger Management

  “Anger is the energy that people use in order to act.  But when you are angry, you are not lucid, and you might do wrong things” ~Thich Nhat Hanh. Dr. Nafisa Sekandari and Sr. Hosai Mojaddidi Anger, as an ...

A Mother’s Reflection of Grief & Loss in Islam

“Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.” Rumi Guest Post: Majidah (Margaret) Comparetta In 1999 I embraced Islam. The journey to Islam was long and experiential. I became involved with Westernized Sufism ...

Top 10 Effective Parenting Strategies

“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to ...

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…

    For victims of other forms of abuse, one way to begin the healing process on your own is by evaluating the standards with which you judge yourself. Ask yourself, “Whose ideal of me am I trying to live ...

Personality Disorders

    “My significant other right now is myself, which is what happens when you suffer from multiple personality disorder and self-obsession”. -Joaquin Phoenix   Popular films like Fatal Attraction, Silence of the Lambs, and the more recent Silver Linings ...

Let Your Actions Be Your Child’s Teacher

  By Dr. Parisa S. Popalzai It’s ancient wisdom that our actions speak louder than our words—or when it comes to our children, our screaming.  As parents, most of us are seeking advice on best parenting tips so that our ...

Irrational Fears and OCD in Children

    On Friday, May 23, 2014, ABC’s 20/20 presented a very informative and realistic view of how Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) impacts the lives of children and their families. These children were followed over a 5 year period and ...

Living with Schizophrenia: One Woman’s Story

Original Source: Huffington Post Sonia’s story The one message I’d like to give to people about schizophrenia is that yes, it is severe illness that can affect your life in a very complex and negative way. But people who have ...

Handling a Break-Up with Dignity

“Once you divorce women, and they have reached the end of their waiting period, then either retain them in all decency or part from them decently. Do not retain them just to act mean with them; anyone who does that ...

Coping with Trauma

“Just as the body goes into shock after a physical trauma, so does the human psyche go into shock after the impact of a major loss.” –Anne Grant What does it mean to experience trauma?  What if one day you ...

6 Things NOT to Say to Someone Who is Divorced

  By Amal Killawi and Zarinah Nadir Divorce is never easy. But it’s the reality for 50% of American couples and 31% of American Muslim couples.  With these statistics, you’re likely to have friends or know people in your community ...

10 Steps to Overcoming Envy

Dr. Nafisa Sekandari and Sr. Hosai Mojaddidi Abu Huraryah (ra) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “When one of you sees someone who has been blessed more than him in money or appearance, then let him look ...