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