Can you feel your neurons dying? Here’s your fix…

“So what’s the last book you’ve read?” I’ve been asking my friends this question and the answers have been disappointing so far. Many of them can’t even remember because it’s been soooo long. And this seems to be a rising problem. Among all the excuses that are given, you can hear the last sighs of those […]

Bipolar and Suicide in the news


Well bipolar is in the news again and it is being liked with a famous actor he struggled with depression/bipolar along with addition most of his life and in a moment of hopelessness he decided to end his life so now its a hot trending topic .pray

I remember watching the movie What Dreams may come and feeling very sad it touched a raw spot that I haven’t talked about much , My father killed himself when I was 15 and then a year and 6 months later my uncle (mother’s brother ) also killed himself , after it happened no one really talked about how they felt or anything it was just lets move on and forget no counseling or therapy my mom didn’t believe in it . It took me years to seek and accept that yes I have a mental illness and no I can not change that! I now choose to deal with my moods through prayer to Allah , journaling , Mood tracking ( here’s the tracker I use Diet I have eliminated junk foods and most processed foods as well as sodas from my diet  excising I usually walk and talking about how I feel. One thing I have learned is if it works use it if it don’t stop wasting time on it and find something that works.salah


Came across this quote in regards to Robin Williams and had to share.

“Killing oneself is, anyway, a misnomer. We don’t kill ourselves. We are simply defeated by the long, hard struggle to stay alive. When somebody dies after a long illness, people are apt to say, with a note of approval, “He fought so hard.” And they are inclined to think, about a suicide, that no fight was involved, that somebody simply gave up. This is quite wrong.” – Sally Brampton

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 As a survivor of suicide myself,( yes I did try once in my life and it failed and was so very painful) I can assure you … when you reach the state of belief that the world would be a better place without YOU in it — the movement to attempt is not selfish. It is lonely. And numb. And of a completely diseased mindset.
100’s of people I have talked with who are either suicide survivors or family/friends who have been affected/effected by suicide, one thing rings truer than true. The ones who commit suicide are not narcissistic. A narcissist would not hurt themselves. These folk are not self-absorbed. They do not even remotely like themselves, let alone think of themselves as better than or above all. When one reaches the place of actually acting on the taking of their life … they are alone. In their mind, in their heart, in their soul…they are alone. And they truly think the world would be better — without them in it.

The craziest part of all of this is that MOST people who struggle with deep depression hide it from the world with humor. With ‘normalcy.’ We go about our day to day and we hide in our darkness. We bury it because it is not pretty or culturally acceptable.

The problems all start getting worse when they are all bottled up one needs to express how they feel even if it’s like crap, blah’s or in so much pain just talking about it can help as can medication and routines people need to pull their heads out of the sand and start taking bipolar, depression , sadness call it what you will like a serious disease and treating it as such if it was treated like a heart attack there would be a plan of how to treat and mange the risks.

Routines , diet, excise , medications and therapy , support groups , mood tracking and religion all have a place in fighting bipolar 10259232_10152472378868755_6481177094529623212_o



Autopilot to Allah: The Power of Routine


If you’re reading this article, chances are you have spiritual goals. Perhaps you want to increase your knowledge, memorize more Quran, or simply be a better Muslim. Almost all of us have thoughts running through our minds about how and who we want to be. Yet if you’re like me, at some point you’ve felt frustrated by slow progress. Life gets busy and spiritual goals too often get put on the back burner as we tend to daily tasks and responsibilities.
But what if your spiritual goals were an inseparable part of your daily tasks and responsibilities? Wouldn’t it be nice to simply put your spiritual life on autopilot, so that you could feel at peace and enjoy the journey to Allah (swt)?
The beautiful news is that you can! In fact, Allah (swt) created the autopilot option just for you. The Prophet Muhammad (saws) told us that “The best actions are those that are small and consistent” [Bukhari and Muslim]. This hadith reveals the power of routine. A routine is a sequence of actions that is followed regularly. By implementing a routine in your life, you can autopilot to Allah (swt)!

With a Routine, Work Becomes Progress
Let’s think deeper about the hadith above. Why are small, consistent actions best? Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In other words, slow and steady is the only way to progress.  With small actions each day, instead of feeling burdened by how much we have to do, we feel empowered when we look back and see what we have done over time. That’s the power of routine!
Start Small and Take Baby Steps
Allah (swt) tells us we are weak – but at the same time He tells us He wants to help us: Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak [Quran, 4:28]. Since we know we are weak, we should start small. Remember – small is best and small is powerful.
Take Action: Start These Simple Routines Today
The Sunnah is rich with routines we can benefit from, but we must implement them. Here are just a few of those routines that you can adopt to fuel your journey to Allah (swt):
  • Pray salah (on time). If you aren’t praying salah, starting to pray five times is the most beneficial routine. If you are praying, upgrade to praying right at the time of the adhan as this is the most beloved deed to Allah (swt). You will benefit immediately because your time afterward will, in shaa Allah (swt), be filled with baraka. Each minute we delay salah is one minute closer to missing salah. Bonus: when al-Fajr is included in this effort then we would be awake to implement other prophetic routines, like reading Quran and saying dua.
  • Fast on Mondays and Thursdays. Some of us worry about fasting the long days of Ramadhan that are drawing near. Yet a person who fasts on Mondays and Thursdays won’t find the transition into Ramadan nearly as hard – because they’ve already worked their way up to fasting those long days a little at a time. That person also reaps the benefits of fasting all year long.
  • Read the Quran DailyReading just one ayah a day, or memorizing one word a day, can accumulate to include the whole Quran over time! Interaction with the Quran on a daily basis is an essential lifeline to Allah (swt).
  • Make wudhu before sleeping. It only takes a minute or two to do this simple and beautiful Sunnah.
  • Make daily dua and dhikr of the Prophet (saws). By establishing a practice of saying the things that the Prophet (saws) said each day, we can draw nearer to him (saws) and also invite more peace and blessings into our lives.
Routines are powerful, and Allah (swt) made them that way. He made the sun rise and set so that our journey to Him would be divided into one day at a time. Choose one daily routine of the Prophet (saws) to establish in your life. It’s time for you to autopilot to Allah (swt). Start small and stick with it. In shaa Allah (swt) soon it will not even feel like work; it will simply be part of how you live your life.
written by Kelly El-Yacoubi is a revert to Islam and freelance writer.