PREVALENCE OF EATING DISORDERS AMONG MUSLIMS  Eating disorders have also been widespread among Muslims. Many Muslim women suffering from eating disorders wear abayas to cover their extra pounds rather than adhering to their genuine value. They misuse clothing to camouflage their eating disorder. Often certain Muslim women adopt wearing a hijab because they cannot abide […]

Summary lessons from the Ihya (7): Mysteries of Pilgrimage (Hajj)

Rationally, it is easy to understand the wisdom behind other acts of worship except for the Hajj. For instance, the act of bowing or prostration indicates humility and humbleness, fasting controls your nafs and breaking your desires, Zakat benefits poor people and this goes for other acts of worship. As for Hajj, going to Arafat, circumambulating […]

Look After Your Soul

I thought I’d share some learnings from a lecture series by ISIP and Al-Ghazali Chair (ISTAC-IIUM) on Imam Ghazali’s perspective on the human psyche being conducted by Dr Osman Bakar, current holder of the Al-Ghazali chair at ISTAC. Look After Your Soul We all know that our soul is from God. But it gets impacted […]


Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression.Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in her book ‘On Dying and Grief’ stated that these are the stages of Grief.Grief is inevitable. So are the feelings of emptiness, sorrow, withdrawal, hopelessness and helplessness. During these difficult trials we Muslims have the comfort of Allah’s words: إِنَّ مَعَ ٱلۡعُسۡرِ يُسۡرٗا ٦ (94:6)‘Certainly, only after difficulty is […]


Imagine a fiction of a nation on a mission to uncover some secrets in a dungeon. This mission is expected to take years of effort to be accomplished. Periodically new officers are recruited to replace the fallen or substitute the injured ones. Upon their recruitment, the chief commandant of the mission has a complete profile […]

Summary lessons from the Ihya (5): Mysteries of Zakat (Charity)

One of the reasons why it is difficult for most humans to give up potions of their wealth is the notion of entitlement or a false belief that the wealth they own is due to their hard work. More unfortunate is that most of us perceive the possession of wealth as “the source” of survival […]