Self improvement tools

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Q: Can I use self improvement tools like Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Technique(EFT) to improve myself and remove anxiety, depression, negative thoughts etc, these tools are they halal in islam?  I think they are based upon eastern philosophy and psychology. They are not scientifically proven to work but a lot of people use them, I used them they seem to work. You can find more about them by using google search.

1) Would be I sinful if I use these tools.

2) Some might say if you use them tools you’ll be committing shirk, what if I think this way that Allah has sent these tools and I believe He is cureing me by using these tools.


A: If there is nothing haraam in these tools, like music and any other haraam element then it is permissible.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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