Mentally Fit Muslims is a non-profit online resource for mental health support and for Muslims with bipolar. It offers an alternative perspective on what it means to be mentally ill in Islam, one that's empowering instead of stigmatizing. MFM dispels misconceptions about mental illness, promotes healing through spirituality, and helps individuals take care of their minds just as they would their bodies. We provide tools for self-care through podcast episodes, blog posts, videos, eBooks and infographics.
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"Saba has created an incredible podcast mashaa’Allah. Peer-to-peer support, a space for Muslims living with mental illness to be able to come together and share their stories is direly needed in the Muslim community. Mentally Fit Muslims is filling that gap by providing honest stories about what it’s like to be Muslim and live with mental illness. Saba’s podcast breaks down the barriers of mental health stigma and makes mental health and wellbeing accessible to everyone."
DR. FARAH ISLAM
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW | DATA AND PSYCHOSPIRITUAL DEPARTMENT
YAQEEN INSTITUTE FOR ISLAMIC RESEARCH
"I love the Mentally Fit Muslims podcast. It feels good to be able to put a name or label to spiritual bypassing and toxic positivity (episode 25). Saba's voice sounds very comforting and she is able to articulate her thoughts very well."
FATIMA HALEEM, MSW
"I love the piece about Ayatul Kursi (episode 24) and the connection between reading it before we go to bed and the fact that Allah (SWT) is He who never sleeps. I never saw it that way. Thought we are going to sleep and into this state where we don't have a consciousness or control, we're leaving our affairs to Allah (SWT)."
"Your page helped me most when I was most down...I related totally..after nearly a decade of feeling misunderstood in my community...I finally had a voice through you..you gave me confidence to say Muslims can get depressed and can be some of the most worthy individuals too! I love u sis..for being that reason, that gives us strength to move forward with Muslims and mental health issues...You're like the backbone of this movement..."
I just wanted to say that you are truly an inspiration and source of strength for those suffering from any mental illness.May Allah reward you greatly, Insha'Allah. I have chronic depression, for the past 3years and reading your blog really helped me through some tough times.
Thank you so much for sharing Sister Saba! May Allah grant you barakah in all areas of your life. You are truly a beautiful sister in Islam, and when I see your struggles I see how many blessings you have created for your life and the thankfulness in which you are having for Allah! It's very inspiring. May Allah reward you in this life and the Hereafter! Fi Amani Allah
But I honestly admire your initiative and the effort that you are doing in increasing people's understanding of psychological issues. Especially since you are the first Muslim that I know that is honest and truthful about the challenges that she is going through. Growing up in the Muslim community in Montreal, watching my mother's friends (the older generation) and my friends as well, I am truly surprised as to why nobody in our community addresses the issue of depression. I find it is very common among women in general, and muslim women too. Unfortunately though, muslim women have no one to turn to and no one to seek help from in such times as it is considered a taboo subject, as if muslim people don't have feelings and don't get depressed at times.
SISTER JOUMAN A.
About the Author
Saba Malik is the creative mind behind Mentally Fit Muslims. Saba has been dedicated to advocating for Muslim mental health since her own diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Mentally Fit Muslim represents the culmination of over 19 years of work.