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Posted on 23 August 2022


Salaam to everyone reading. How are you all this week? I’m Nabeeha Haque, a 14-year-old girl who has taken up blogging for her Bronze DofE. If you want to know more about me, please refer to my first blog about Dhul-Hijjah and Eid-ul-Adha. Anyways, in today’s blog, I will inform you about connections, including the different types of connections; how this is applicable in religion and everyday life; and, most importantly, how it applies to mental health.

What is a connection and what are the different types?

A connection is (Oxford dictionary):

This can refer to objects having a relationship with another object: a good example with objects could be a pencil and paper.  In the same way, humans can also have connections with other humans. Human connections are seen as important, as they are close bonds with other humans formed through deep trust. There are also more casual examples (e.g. work relationships, and school relationships).

For human connections, a mother-daughter relationship is a good instance of a connection in humans.

Why is connection important in religion?

In Islam, the connection is fundamental. In fact, it is so important, it is the reason the Five Pillars of Islam exist. It is also the reason the Qur’an was sent down and most of the events in Islamic history happened, including the stories of the many Prophets of Islam.

In Islam, one of our main acts of worship, Salah, is connecting with our Lord. Other instances of maintaining our connection with Allah are: reading the Qur’an, going on the Hajj pilgrimage, fasting and observing the Shahadah. A prophetic story giving examples of connections is the Prophet Yunus’s story, although connections are explored a lot in the Qur’an. It is interesting to see how Yunus mends his connection with Allah after previously disobeying him.

What about connections in our daily lives?

The idea of connections can also be applied in our daily lives. As emphasised above, human connections can range from extremely close to casually sustained relationships with other people. However, they are all crucial to a human, with so many physical and mental health benefits. Connection with other people gives rise to the idea of interconnectedness, where all of us are connected. The well-known hadith ‘people are equal like the teeth of a comb’ also supports this. But I digress.


This era of phones and the absence of social connections has contributed to something called loneliness. Loneliness is the feeling of isolation and detachment from people and the inability to make meaningful connections. But this isn’t always down to being with other people. Other causes of loneliness include living alone, being away from friends or family, grief, etc. A lonely person, even if they’re in a crowd of a million people, will still feel isolated. They may have many friends and social life, but will not have a genuine connection with them. Although loneliness is not a diagnosable mental health condition, it can be a root cause of anxiety, depression and even physical illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease and many more. So how can we combat this and repair our connections in the real world where digitised connections have become commonplace?

Taking care of our connections with other people.

Connections can provide us with feelings of love and belonging, tackling feelings of loneliness. As a matter of fact, according to a hierarchy of needs, besides food, water and safety, love and belonging are incredibly crucial needs we must fulfil if we want to survive. Therefore, we must prioritise preserving our close connections. Ways we can do this are:

Just a reminder…

Make sure to take care of yourselves every day. Don’t over-exert or tire yourself and prioritise physical and mental wellbeing. If you are well, you can do everything. 

Useful support networks to help with connections.

In the event of extreme loneliness, if you go to school, it is worth telling a trusted adult, who can arrange for help and a counsellor for you. I know this because I go to school counselling myself. You can also phone a helpline, where the responders are all professionally trained to help. In particular, the Muslim Youth Helpline is a treasured resource for mental health, with expert mental health first aiders. Perhaps you can even reach out to your community and be open about your feelings, which can be challenging but beneficial in the long term.


Wow, that was a lot of tips thrown around in one day! I hope wherever you are, you can continue keeping healthy connections with whoever you love or meet. Assalamu alaikum, brothers and sisters, have a great day, and I hope you have learnt something new or been reminded of something very important.