Getting married or even maintaining a relationship within husband and wife is becoming more pressured due to various circumstances. In-laws, kids, financial situations or even cultural barriers can get in the way. Getting the right people involved in arbitration can also be tricky at times, and we forget the essence of why we got into this relationship to start with. Islam emphasizes the beauty of this relationship as completing half of your deen.
One of the most pressing issues facing young Muslims is the easy access to free and infinite amount of pornography. Internet, music video’s and movies makes it more prominent and almost gives you the ideology that is acceptable in our times today. Regardless, it is a very important issue and one of the most popular trends amongst Muslim males.
The United Nations defines domestic abuse as “Any act of gender-based violence that results in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts in public or private life.” According to a Statistics Canada report from 2010, “females” had more than double the risk of males of becoming a victim. These numbers include Muslims amongst other varied economic, religious and cultural groups. Research shows that domestic abuse towards a mother leads to a high risk of violence against their children.
Bullying, unfortunately, is becoming more and more common in schools and even at the workforce. With the internet becoming more popular and in almost every household, cyber-bullying is evident more than ever. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) instructed that we help a brother whether he is an oppressor or the one being oppressed. The sad part is, that at most times when there is someone being bullied, there are plenty of witnesses to it, but only a fraction gets reported.
Family relationships are the most crucial relationships that you will be in. The relationship between parents, siblings, elders, and the opposite sex all have to be dealt in respective fashion. Islam values one’s respect so much so, that it also goes in detail with your dealings with your own neighbour, and their rights over you.
With over 3 million Muslims and counting in N.America, the Muslim community, overcoming its 3rd generation, is now extremely diverse, and includes varying beliefs and practices, which are entrenched in the belief of The Shahadah – “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger”.
Sometimes, being involved in crowds or parties, there will be a situation where you may be exposed to drugs and alcohol, maybe for the first time. You may be thinking about trying it, or figuring even how to stop. Nowadays, there are even medical stances where in some medical fields, they try to prove that taking certain drugs or taking in moderate amounts of alcohol may even present some health benefits. Islam emphasizes that the potential harm outweighs any benefit.
Mental Health relates to an individual’s level of emotional, mental and psychological wellness. A mental health issue may be reflected in a person’s inability to manage everyday situations or persistent changes to a person’s behaviour or actions. There are many forms of mental health illness, including depression, anxiety disorders, addiction and bipolar disorder. Mental illnesses are often undiagnosed and sufferers may go several years before seeking out professional help. Mental illness may therefore have several years to affect a person’s mental and physical wellness before being adequately addressed. The effects of mental illness, such as depression and anxiety disorder, can be severe and dilapidating.
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