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  • What Is Forgiveness Exactly? Why Oprah Can’t Help Us
    “You can’t dictate what forgiving and letting go of hurt looks like for someone else.” —excerpt of PAIN. From the...
  • People Will Abandon You When You’re Hurting
    The following are excerpts from Umm Zakiyyah’s latest books I Almost Left Islam and The Abuse of Forgiveness: CLICK HERE In...
  • Anger Is Part of Healing, and That’s a Good...
    “Neither forgiveness nor gratefulness can spring from denial of hurts, frustrations, or wrongs.”  —from the journal of Umm Zakiyyah If there’s...
  • Dear Daughter, In Search of a Husband’s Love
    sore throat. I’m losing my voice to laryngitis of the heart. —from the journal of Umm Zakiyyah Dear daughter and young sister in...
  • Abuse Is a Blessing, Muslim Cults Taught Me
    Who’s going to listen to you? When I was asked this question for the first time, it wasn’t really a...
  • Forgiveness As Fear and Survival: The Racism Hole
    The following is an excerpt from Umm Zakiyyah’s newly released book, The Abuse of Forgiveness: Manipulation and Harm in...
  • Guilting Victims Is Disobeying God: The Abuse of Forgiveness
    The following is an excerpt from Umm Zakiyyah’s newly released book, The Abuse of Forgiveness: Manipulation and Harm in...
  • UZ Mentorship Program
    Umm Zakiyyah is the internationally acclaimed author of the If I Should Speak trilogy and has published nearly twenty...
  • You Can’t Legislate the Human Heart: This Isn’t About...
    You cannot legislate the human heart, I once told someone. Emotional needs are real, as are emotional wounds. When our...
  • The Truth Is Scary, But I Had To Tell...
    I suppose some will see it as courageous to share with the world why I almost left Islam. And...
  • Super Muslims and Religious OCD in Ramadan
    In the beginning, it all seems necessary, and even praiseworthy. The questions, the doubts, the paranoia...and the endless phone...
  • How Could You? A Movie!
    When I was in high school and still trying to decide how I would use my writing professionally, I...
  • Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number? Child Marriage and...
    CLICK HERE Years ago, when television was still a part of my life, I was watching a Seinfeld episode in...
  • Reverencing the Wombs That Broke You, a self-help book
    NEW! CLICK HERE for eBook CLICK HERE. REGISTER NOW Her mother was raped. This is how Melanie was born. For years,...
  • He Apologized? We Have No Idea What an Apology...
    "An apology, if it is truly an apology, is no more than a hope and a prayer—that the damage...