In this episode, Ustadha Raidah covers a very sensitive and frighteningly common topic: verbal abuse by authority figures. A person is asking for her advice after an elder sibling frequently verbally abuses them, under the pretense that it is allowed because Islam requires a person to respect their elders.
Ustadha Raidah clarifies that Islam does not allow anybody, no matter who they are, to act abusively towards anybody. She encourages the questioner to seek out a counselor or therapist, and work towards setting boundaries. Exploring the dynamics of a toxic relationship, she explains that most abuse is learned behavior that usually stems from a difficult family environment, and clarifies the difference between unconditional love and unconditionally accepting bad behavior. She finishes b speaking about compassion through an Islamic lens.
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