“Mental illness in any religious community, not just the Muslims, is looked upon as if you don’t have enough faith. That you’re not close to God. If you feel sad, they say “Oh you didn’t pray enough.” This is unfair to people who go through depression. They’re already feeling guilty and someone tells them “go to the mosque more, or church more.” And I personally know how it feels. That’s one of the things I was going through this year that I want to portray the world. This should be more of a conversation especially in the 21st century. All religions should move forward with talking about mental illness. There’s a stigma in the western and eastern world, so you know the whole world is not catching up to this. But it’s worse when you have faith, and they blame it on your lack of faith. They say you’re not a good person and that’s why you feel bad. This problem isn’t from Islam itself but from the Muslim societies. We have to have a special conversation and tell them its okay to feel sad. It doesn’t mean you’re far away from God. It’s like having diabetes or a heart problem – you have to treat it, talk about it. There’s nothing in Islam that says you’re not allowed to feel this way.” 🌸Welcome to our first Muslim Hustler of Detroit! Muslims take up a significant portion of the Detroit metro population. Our history is long standing with the building of the community.
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