In this episode, we’re joined by therapist and life-coach, Chereen, from the popular Dear Chereen advice column.

Dear Chereen is an online safe space, known for being a haven for healing, inspiration, and support through their written work and regular Q&A sessions.

Having observed Chereen and her team conduct regular Q&A’s on their Instagram pagewe wanted to speak with her to dig deeper into the art of giving advice; the do’s and don’ts, the who’s, what’s and the why’s.

As Muslims, and as humans, we are social beings by our very nature. We seek acceptance, love, comfort and value time with others. Naturally, we also experience periods of hardship and sorrow, and can find ourselves in need to sharing our feelings with others.

While on the receiving end, how do we ensure that we’re providing the best support we can and truly remain sincere?



  • In this episode, we cover the following:
  • Chereen’s story and why she embarked on a journey of helping others
  • Dear Chereen – what is it, how does it work, and how can we get involved?
  • The importance of learning the art of giving advice correctly and sincerely
  • What are some guidelines for providing support to those in desperate need?
  • The importance of understanding everyone’s unique needs
  • Do you need to be qualified in order to give advice, e.g. via online platforms?
  • How the Prophet (s) used to help and support others
  • Chereen’s recommended book on this topic
  • A personal case by brother Usman on what happened when he applied these techniques
  • How Chereen coped with the sudden death of her father
  • The two most common topics / themes that Chereen notices among the questions she receives

Today’s Ayah of the Day

No disaster strikes except by permission of Allah . And whoever believes in Allah – He will guide his heart. And Allah is Knowing of all things. [Qur’an – 64:11]

About Chereen

Chereen – Therapist and Life Coach – is the Founder of ‘Dear Chereen’.

After obtaining a master’s of science in Counselling and Certification in Life Coaching, she realised that words offered immense healing and motivation. She enjoys writing to nspire, because she truly believes that words are the gateway to our hearts, souls and minds.

She wants you to remember that you are wonderful.

Get in touch with Chereen at

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