In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful

Dealing with unpleasant emotions is a challenge every human being has to face. We sometimes feel like we have no control over our emotions, rather the environment around us provokes our emotions. Thinking this way makes us feel helpless to what is happening around us, victims of fate as it were. However, we do have a greater measure of control over our emotions than we might expect. The key to mastering our emotions is to appreciate that thoughts, especially unconscious, automatic, and habitual thinking patterns, precede our emotional responses.

When something…

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful

One of the most misguided notions in popular culture today is the idea that morality can be boiled down solely to one’s political positions without regard to personal character. The reality is that character is the foundation of morality, as the Prophet ﷺ said, “Righteousness is good character.” Political positions, on the other hand, are often pragmatic compromises with reality; two good people might hold mutually exclusive political positions even though both are sincere and well-meaning. Let’s understand this point from a relevant example:

There is a debate underway about raising…

Abu Amina Elias

Justin Parrott (Abu Amina Elias) is Research Fellow at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and an academic librarian specializing in Middle Eastern studies.

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