Converting to Islam: The Highs and Lows

My Conversion Experience The convert experience within the Muslim community, in a time of Islamophobia and hateful media and political rhetoric towards Muslims, can pose many challenges for the new convert. Individuals convert to Islam for various reasons and come from diverse backgrounds. Some have community and familial support, while the majority risk losing friends […]

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, “Over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States; however, those reports can include multiple children. In […]

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 emotion, is a primary, natural, and mature emotion experienced by all humans at times, and has […]

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 prior to Islam for many years, studying various methods to work on myself and dabbling […]

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 up to?” “Who defines me?” “Who knows me better than I know myself?” It’s also important […]

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 Playbook, give us a glimpse of specific personality disorders including delusional disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. […]

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 their journey towards managing their OCD is documented from extreme fear to management. According to the […]

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 it are just like you and me, trying to make ends meet and to live […]

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 were going about your daily business and you receive an unexpected phone call.  Suddenly you […]

Is Your Child ODD? Understanding Oppositional Defiance Disorder

“For many people, one of the most frustrating aspects of life is not being able to understand other people’s behavior.” All children, especially when tired, hungry, stressed or upset, can act oppositional from time to time.  This oppositional behavior might include arguing, talking back, disobeying, and defying their parents, teachers, and other adults.  Oppositional behavior […]