Contemplating Suicide Because No One Will Marry Me

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil answers a question on how to deal with suicidal thoughts and feeling despair about not being able to find a marriage partner. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I pray five times a day but feel like my life is coming to an end. Allah has not given me […]

I Conducted a Sinful Event, Will Allah Ever Forgive Me? How Do I Assert Myself?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I recently organised a sinful event for my course project. During the end of the semester, I realised that I did a grave mistake but it was too late. I had to conduct it unwillingly and I hated every bit of it. How should I repent? I feel […]

Afraid to get groceries? Ustadha Anse Tamara Gray on being a Muslim woman in today’s turbulent climate

Each time a high profile act of violence is committed by a Muslim or in the name of Islam, the fear of reprisal attacks rises acutely in Muslim communities. It has become almost par for the course, and the statistics prove the threat is real. Often, women who are visibly Muslim find themselves the primary […]

“Come, come, whoever you are” – Imam Khalid Latif on feeling estranged from the Muslim community

Growing up, I didn’t really have a sense of ownership over my religion. To make matters worse, it seemed like I always was doing things that were wrong. There weren’t many that made me think I could be anything better and I felt quite low at times after interacting with some who made me feel […]

Hopelessness, Despair & the Abundance of Good, by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

“There is no room for the believer to harbor feelings of hopelessness and despair, and God the Exalted has given us abundant paths to be involved in goodness” – this and other pearls from Ustadh Amjad Tarsin’s Friday sermon at the University of Toronto. Support the Muslim Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto by donating today and […]

Is There a Prophetic Supplication to Relieve My Hopelessness?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Can you suggest a prayer for hopelessness? Though I constantly pray, sometimes I feel I’m being more punished than tested. For the various instances I have witnessed in my life, where there is good there is suffering where there is evil there is ease. Is there no ease ever […]

How Do I Balance Having Spiritual Ambition With Being Humble and Not Burning Myself Out?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: What is the difference between humility in one’s works (given that it is not you that is producing them), and hopelessness with one’s ability to improve? I feel that I am constantly ‘waiting’ for Allah to inspire me with himmah and thus inadvertantly blaming Him for my pathetic […]