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Why Bother, If Islam Stops Me Doing Things I Love?

15 November, 2022
Q As-salumu Alaykum, hope you are doing alright. I am here mainly for one simple thing, which the question title shows. For context, I have left and joined Islam 2 times in the span of 2 months and now I am studying Christianity. However, I can't ignore the budget again but I am scared. How do I know what religion is the truth for me? Cause whenever I was just about to leave Islam for both times, I kept getting these thoughts that I need to leave, and why should I even bother with Islam if it’s stopping me doing the things I love, but when I leave, I want to go back, and here I am now. I can’t say I ever fully left the Islamic thought process fully, but sometimes I wish I did. Why can't I just pick a side? Sincerely,

Answer

Do you feel that Islam stops you from doing things you love?

First, make a list of what these things are. Write them down, along with their benefits and negative consequences. 

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If you check your list, you may realize that the things Islam prohibits are the ones that are potentially harmful to you on multiple levels.

There is wisdom behind these prohibitions. They are meant to protect your physical, psychological, and spiritual health and that of others. 

Staying on the right path and believing in Allah and his Oneness is one of the best things to pray for. 

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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.