Help Us Save Maryam






A hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says that a voice was once heard commanding a cloud to irrigate a man’s garden. When the man was asked what he did with the garden, he replied that he estimated the produce of his garden. Then he distributed one-third to charity, kept one-third for himself and his family, and invested one-third back into the garden.

Just as Allah (swt) sent a cloud for this man who gave to the poor, Allah will also provide for us in miraculous ways if we give what we love for the pleasure of Allah and in the service of mankind. As the hadith beautifully illustrates, Allah replaces what we give and multiplies it.

The notion of giving, especially giving and helping those in need, is so entrenched in Islam. 

“Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned.”

(The Holy Qur’an, 2:245)


My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life doesn’t have to come last. – Anonymous

Dear Readers,


If you really need treatment and can’t afford it what choice do you have?


This is a humble request to help a young person suffering from an Eating Disorder. Maryam needs our help. But, as so many others who’ve tried to seek out eating disorder treatment knows, treatment is readily available in Muslim world and very very expensive. Maryam is struggling with mental health overall, therapy can be an immensely useful tool in her journey to healing and recovery. Managing an eating disorder is often a long-term and intensive process that involves a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals. According to The cost of eating disorder treatment depends on a number of factors. Inpatient treatment can range anywhere from $500 to $2,000 a day, and the average cost for a 30-day stay in a treatment facility is $30,000. Patients often need from three to six months of inpatient care. Outpatient care, including medical monitoring and continuing therapy, can reach upwards of $100,000. The cost of any patient’s treatment can vary widely from these figures, depending on the severity and duration of the eating disorder.

A therapy session can cost anything between $45-$300.

According to counselor Heidi McBain

“Therapy is an investment: an investment in yourself, your own well-being and your future.

Maryam can’t afford full treatment but she’s taking a step forward and going for CBT sessions. Remember that the earlier you get treatment, the better your prospects for recovery. Please help Maryam to live a life free from the demon of Eating Disorder.





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Maryam’s Story:


Five years ago, I had started to focus a lot on my body, and on my food Intake. While all this started, I wasn’t completely aware that I had a problem, however, I wasn’t feeling good, and that led me to self-harm, and do some other behaviors to stay alive. Over time, I started to reduce my food intake and that slowly started ruining my health and I still wasn’t sure what is going on but I somewhat knew that something is actually wrong. Later on, with time, I used to be so hungry, so I used to eat for continuous 5 hours non stop and then purge it all out. I reached to a point where I didn’t eat for 2-4 days and with time, my body became weaker and weaker and that’s when my health got worse, later a sudden click happened when I fainted, I realized what I was doing is completely wrong but I was still in denial. My family are not aware of anything going on, and now I have finally started going to therapy around 2 months back and I honestly cannot afford that. I used and finished all the money that I had saved for my education in therapy. And now I can’t even afford one therapy session but I know I need help and so I have created this account so that I can stick to therapy, the therapist mentioned that it would be better for me to see her twice a week but therapy here costs too much. I used to see her once in two weeks. And now I can’t even afford one therapy session. I know at some point that therapy will help keep me alive. However, I think I might need to also see a doctor in order to take some medications to help. I started taking sleeping supplements in order to sleep. And things are coming all together. The treatment is costing me a lot, just therapy, for now, I plan to have is also not governmental and I have no insurance to help. So I am not sure how to make it through. I am currently looking for a job to help me with therapy though I am not sure how can I work when I am in this mental state. It is really appreciated if I can get some help. I promise that if I was able to make it out of this alive, I will make something to change and help people who are going through an eating disorder, depression, anxiety, or any other mental disorder or illness. Maybe if you could spare even $1 or 5 it would help me save up to pay for more sessions. It took a lot of courage for me to even start this, but with your help, I can survive it. I need help. I finally realized I need help. And Thank you so much for spending some time to read my story.

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My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life doesn’t have to come last. – Anonymous


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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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