By: Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid
QUESTION: I am a Muslim alhamdulillah but I have some problem with me? I have come to realize that I love being myself and I feel that only a few can understand me so I really love privacy in all that I do…I dont like to tell people about me or my background; I love to be by myself. For instance, if I want to do something I can’t tell anyone no matter how close we are or even some believers. But I really love those who follow the Quran and Sunnah (Prophetic teachings). I really love the scholars of Islam; al-Imam al-Bhukari, Muslim, al-Albaani, al-Shafee etc. For me, I want to be like them. Please advise me what to do.
This training program may be summed up as follows:
1 – Preparing yourself intellectually, mentally and physically to mix with people, put up with them and try to be in harmony with them as much as possible.
2 – Playing any kind of team sport such as soccer – for example – which involves some kind of conscious and unconscious contact and interaction.
3 – Joining charitable and voluntary associations, attending Qur’aan study circles and halaqahs (circles of knowledge).
4 – Try to visit a trustworthy psychiatrist who can tell you some useful ways of dealing with this problem.
5 – Avoid feeling isolated from society. Try to forget all things that exacerbate these feelings in you, for the cause of this introversion may be a situation in which you found yourself or a trial that you have gone through. Seek the help of Allaah in dealing with it and forgetting it.
And Allaah is the Source of strength.
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