Ana Elkhessassi is a full-time teacher and mother of two who lives on the East Coast of the U.S. Her busy schedule makes her forget what is important in her life as a Muslim and her connection with her Creator, she said. “I found myself very stressed out, overwhelmed, and sad at times not knowing how to cope with those emotions, feeling guilty because I was feeling that way,” she told Salaam Gateway.
Within the context of Islam, gaining awareness into your own psychological and spiritual functioning is necessary to form a meaningful relationship with Allah and following the mandates of the religion, according to the Khalil Center, a U.S.-based psychological and spiritual community wellness organisation rooted in Islamic principles.
While there are many organisations in the U.S.
such as the Khalil Center that offer Muslims therapy and guidance, Ana decided to try an app that an ustadza shared on Instagram. That app, Sakeenah, is focused on Islamic