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Today's Episode:  Forgiveness Part 1/2

Liberate yourself from anger, resentment and grudges by learning to FORGIVE by freeing yourself from all the emotional baggage you can finally start to live your life happily.

About The Author

Haleh Banani has a Master degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Houston. She is a cognitive behavioral therapist who does Skype therapy sessions with an international clientele. She has over 15 years experience in diagnosing mental and emotional disorders and administrating programs of treatment. She was the first female to host a program for Al-Fajr TV called “With Haleh” which combines the principles of psychology and Islam to help people reach their full potential and overcome their challenges. She is an international speaker & motivator. She received her ijaza for the recitation of the Quran with tajweed in Egypt from Sheikh Mohammad Hazawi from Al-Azhar University. She was recently given the Icon Award representing America in Malaysia for her contribution in psychology & Islam. She has been married for Alhamdulillah 19 years and she has 3 kids ages 15, 12 & 10.

4 Responses

  1. Skewed Image of Forgiveness

    I understand in the video that she is trying to explain that you should not remain a victim of your circumstances and try to rise above hardships, but I find it extremely disturbing that as a psychologist she is essentially saying to forgive people who have sexually or physically abused you. As a Muslim and as a human being, you should NOT feel pressured to forgive such things. She mentions Nelson Mandala being imprisoned for 27 years and managed to forgive his oppressors. While this is a valiant and noble story to tell, this invalidates other people’s hardships and sets a bar of unrealistic expectations on the viewer. In Islam, you are NOT expected to forgive even though it is an option. It is you right to seek justice if you need it. IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF SEXUAL OR PHYSICAL ABUSE, PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out for help, to call the authorities, to call a sexual or physical abuse helpline and to get yourself OUT of harmful situations.
    Forgiveness may or may not come with time and with effort and long after you have been healed, but you don’t need to force yourself to forgive someone who has oppressed you in such a horrendous way. Make duaa to get better and then go out there and seek counseling, seek help, and don’t be silent if you are a victim of physical or sexual abuse.

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    • Maryam

      Actually, Islam asks of you to forgive everything. And not hold It in your chest. Allah knows everything and will not let people who hurt you go unpunished.

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