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The Prick of A Thorn ,

Coping with the Trials and Tribulations of Life

Author: Dr. Aisha Utz

Dr. Aisha Utz (formerly Aisha Hamdan) is an Associate professor of Clinical Psychology at King Saud bin AbdulAziz University for Health Sciences in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia, where she is engaged in teaching, research, and student counselling. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University (USA) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Studies from the American Open University (USA). She is currently developing a research programme to study the relationship between religiosity, religious coping, and mental and physical health in Muslim populations. IIPH has published two other books authored by her: Nurturing Eemân in Children and Psychology from the Islamic Perspective.


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The Prick of A Thorn

The times in which we are living are fraught with wars, natural disasters, and various other tribulations, in addition to the ongoing struggles within our own souls. This book will help the reader to understand the logic of events in a seemingly chaotic world, to comprehend the rationale for seemingly unbearable trials and tribulations, and to implement sound Islamic methodology in finding the most effective coping techniques.

The book’s title was inspired by a saying of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ):

“Every fatigue, illness, distress, worry, grief, or harm that befalls the Muslim, including the prick of a thorn, will be accepted by Allah as expiation for some of his or her sins.” (Bukhari)

 Appreciating the wisdom and mercy associated with each trial that we face is the first step toward beneficial coping. Ultimately, tribulations should lead to increased servitude to the Creator, an appreciation of the bounties that He has bestowed upon us, and a level of spirituality that allows us to transcend the challenges that we face.

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