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Conflicting Views on Religion Stress Me Out

20 May, 2023
Q Salam. I'm currently going through some mental health issues. Every day, there is some sort of Islamic issue which stresses me out as I'm unsure if what I'm doing is permissible or not. This isn't to ask an Islamic question as I know that you probably don't give fatwas but my problem is that I might get braces as I have a tooth somewhere where it shouldn't be, it has never bothered me so I wouldn't say it was ever NECESSARY for me to get braces but I want to, just to fix them. There is so much controversy about braces and it drives me nuts, I hate when there is something controversial because I'm always unsure of which opinions to follow. I don't know if its permissible for me to get braces or not, but I'm sending you this question to ask you to kindly give me a solution so this pain and stress would stop, I'm also stressed about the music controversy, I want to listen to it but again, I’m unsure if its permissible. Every day, I have a new Islamic related stress and I'm not saying I have anything against our deen, I love Islam although sometimes the controversy is a bit scary.


While there are clear prohibitions regarding some issues, there is no consensus among the scholars.

Try to stick to the Quran and the Sunnah and search for reliable sources when you are looking for religious opinion, then rely on them.

Do not let these conflicting views affect your mental health and focus on your love of Allah and the deen.

If you still feel that these thoughts and stress impact your daily life, get counseling and an assessment for possible mental disorders.

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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.