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Suicide and Mental Health in the Muslim Community


“Here in Dallas, we have been shaken by the news about a sister who committed suicide somewhere in the area – a mother of three. SubhanAllah, even as we’re trying to cope with the news and make sense of what happened and where we failed as a community to protect her, we get another piece of news from Virginia. Another mother- who was also very well known in the community and active on many different levels- took her life through suicide. As an Imam, community leader, and counselor – Wallahi it was overwhelming. For the past two or three days, I had been trying to put words together for this khutba and I could not make sense of it…”

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Sh. Yaser Birjas is originally from Palestine. He received his Bachelors degree from Islamic University of Madinah in 1996 in Fiqh & Usool, graduating as the class valedictorian. After graduating, he went on to work as a youth counselor and relief program aide in war-torn Bosnia. Thereafter, he immigrated to the U.S. and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, where he teaches popular seminars such as Fiqh of Love, The Code Evolved, and Heavenly Hues. He is currently serving as an Imam at Valley Ranch Islamic Center, Irving, Texas. Sh. Yaser continues to enhance his knowledge in various arenas and most recently obtained a Masters of Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix, Class of 2013. In addition to his responsibilities as an Imam, Sh. Yaser is a father of four children, he’s an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, and a national speaker appearing at many conventions and conferences around the country. He is very popular for his classes and workshops covering a wide range of topics related to the youth, marriage, parenting and family life among other social matters related to the Muslim community. His counseling services, in office and online, include providing pre-marital training, marriage coaching and conflict resolution for Muslims living in the West.

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  1. Tasharruf

    June 17, 2020 at 6:41 AM

    JazakaAllah khair for such a beautiful reminder and advice

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