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Shadow of My Sins Keeps Haunting Me

23 August, 2022
Q Assalamualaikum.

I really have a battle with myself. I am a practicing Muslim. I've been studying in the city for almost 4 years. And during the 3rd year, I've been approached by a guy whom I recently knew. I hardly have any feelings for any guy. People said that I was heartless.

He said that he wanted to change to be better and I was relieved to know that. He wanted me to be his partner after 5 years. But then, I felt the burden, I felt uneasy with him, I think that I don't have any feelings for him. I don't know why. But I am still in contact with him.

He insisted that I need to rely on him and trust him. I want to cut the 'relationship' with him but I always remember that he wants to change to be better. After a year, it is becoming toxic for me. He doesn’t change to be better and I'm becoming worse.

I have started going out with him, talking until midnight, having video calls. I still wear the scarf in front of him, of course, but then came the day when he wanted to touch me and I resisted. I always said that I felt guilty for what I had done. He was angry at me. I cut connection with him, but I feel stupid that I believed his sweet words.

The shadow of my sins keeps haunting me until now. Please help me. Thank you, sister.


In this counseling answer:

“Trust your instincts, make du’aa’ to Allah (swt) for guidance and seek to keep things halal in all manners of getting to know a potential spouse.”

As-Salamu ‘Alaykum sister,

Thank you for writing to us. It is clear, dear sister, that you have been experiencing deep remorse for your relationship with this guy.

The fact that you did not have feelings for him from the first time you met him should have been a clue that he was not for you.

Yet, somehow you were enticed to believe that he was good or was going to change whatever behaviors that were haram. But he did not.

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Deep feelings

Sister, just because you did not have deep feelings for this guy does not mean you are heartless, regardless of what others say.

It is your feelings – which were right.

You should have followed your first instincts about him and left him alone, but you did not in the hopes that he would change.

Many sisters wait on brothers who promise to change, promise to do this or that, yet never do. Some waste a lifetime waiting. Alhumdulillah, you did not.

You are not the first sister who has fallen for “sweet words and promises” and you won’t be the last, unfortunately.

But alhumdulillah you saw through his words and withdrew from this relationship. Allah (swt) is most forgiving.

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Sister, this relationship is now in the past. If you made sincere repentance to Allah (swt), please leave it in the past.

I know it may be hard to move on, but please, in sha’ Allah, trust in Allah’s mercy, forgiveness, and love for you.

You deserve so much better than this. Trust that Allah (swt) has forgiven you as He said He would and move on.

In the future, dear sister, please, trust your instincts, make du’aa’ to Allah (swt) for guidance and seek to keep things halal in all manners of getting to know a potential spouse.

Your past need not haunt you, my sister, for it is just that – the past.

You have given it to Allah (swt) by seeking forgiveness so leave it with Allah (swt).

Now move on while planning for a much brighter and happier future.

We wish you the best,


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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.