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Heart & Soul

Defusing the Stress Time-Bomb

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Written by Farah Amir   
Friday, 11 April 2014 09:21

We all feel stress – difficult teachers, careless drivers on the road, competitive co-workers, unexpected situations that rattle us. Sometimes these can all pile up and create so much stress we feel like we will explode!

There are also exceptional situations of stress, not limited to, but including challenging days, such as:

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Choosing to be Empowered

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Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:20

How do we empower ourselves when facing life’s various challenges, including:

▪ Negative peer pressure, bullying, conflict with family or lack of sincere friends who actually care about our well being

▪ Alcoholism or substance abuse

▪ Struggle to stay modest and keep faith alive

▪ Media that promotes self-doubts about body image

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The Power of Calling on God - Making Du’a

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Friday, 21 February 2014 23:24

“I feel so lost, like I’m all alone, and no one gets me!” he says after another heated conversation with his dad.

“Everyone around me is getting married – what’s wrong with me that no one wants to marry me?” she writes in her diary.  

“I need this job – we’re a big family, and the bills never stop,” she tells the hiring manager. She will work the night shift, all the while desperately missing her kids at home.

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Faith and Identity: Who Are You?

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Sunday, 19 January 2014 08:25

Identity. Entire courses in high school and university are dedicated to it. For some, it is taboo. For others, it is a constant question.

 

The identity of each person is different based on their experiences of nature and nurture. Shockingly, a part of our identity is formed not from our understanding of ourselves or our faith, but by the outward labels others might identify us with.

 

In addition, the wide variety of backgrounds each of us comes from makes the identity question more complicated.

What do we answer when someone asks us, “Who are you?”

 

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Learning to Appreciate Others

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Monday, 09 December 2013 01:03

Do you care about the people around you? Are you kind to your parents? Forgiving towards your spouse? Loving to your kids? Generous with your friends? Or do you, like so many of us, really only care about yourself, about appreciating your accomplishments, your thoughts, your feelings?

The Quran is very clear in its message to us from God Almighty, “Be grateful to Me, and to your parents. To Me is the ultimate return.” (Holy Quran, Chapter 31, Verse 14)

There is a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings on him), “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah” [Tirmidhi].

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