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Emotional Abuse: Enough Reason for Divorce?

02 May, 2024
Q Since giving birth my marriage has gone downhill. My husband is constantly playing games or on social media. He doesn’t help around the house or with the baby. He started to emotionally abuse me by saying really nasty things and then saying he doesn’t mean it but the next argument repeats the same things. He also started to physically touch me when angry. He doesn’t take me out, nor buy me any gifts. I feel so alone and don’t know what to do.


Emotional or physical abuse is not part of the Islamic marriage; these are sinful behaviors.

Spouses are meant to be a comfort for each other and not sources of violence or hurt. 

Emotional abuse can be devastating for your mental health, and when physical violence starts occurring, that takes the whole situation to another level.

Call a local domestic violence hotline, and they will detail the steps to follow. Also, speak to your parents and ask for help from them or from others in the community.

What else can you do to ensure your safety?

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About Aisha Mohammad
Aisha has a PhD in psychology, an MS in public health and a PsyD. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years at Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York. She has worked with clients with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, trauma, and OCD. She also facilitated support groups and provided specialized services for victims of domestic violence, HIV positive individuals, as well youth/teen issues. Aisha is certified in Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Care, Behavioral Management, Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Confidentiality & Security. Aisha is also a Certified Life Coach, and Relationship Workshop facilitator. Aisha has a part-time Life Coaching practice in which she integrates the educational concepts of stress reduction, mindfulness, introspection, empowerment, self love and acceptance and spirituality to create a holistic healing journey for clients. Aisha is also a part of several organizations that advocates for prisoner rights/reentry, social & food justice, as well as advocating for an end to oppression & racism. In her spare time, Aisha enjoys her family, photography, nature, martial arts classes, Islamic studies, volunteering/charity work, as well as working on her book and spoken word projects.