Suzy Ismail

Suzy Ismail is the author of several books and specializes in presenting a range of communication lectures and diversity workshops at major corporations, conferences, schools, and universities. She is the Founder and Head Communication Counselor at Cornerstone (, a faith-based relational communication center that provides counseling to youth, couples, and families. She presents marriage and family seminars nationally and internationally and resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.


10 July 2018
Ep. 28: Bringing the Divine Into the Daily - Suzy Ismail


15 April 2019

In the Shade of the Fig Tree

While we may long for an opportunity to purify the soul through a removal of the self from its current existence, in reality we are given the opportunity for purification of the heart over and over again throughout our daily life.

20 March 2018

When Hope Is Gone

The patience to bear difficulty is directly linked to maintaining an optimistic sense of hope for the future. But, what happens in those moments when we feel that hope is gone?

1 November 2017

When Our Teens Question the Deen

What can you do if you feel your teen’s faith is slipping? Bring the beauty of the deen to life for them.

18 June 2017

Forgotten Fathers

In the process of extolling the virtues of mothers, we sometimes neglect to give credence to an equally important member of the parenting duo: Fathers.

15 May 2017

13 Reasons Why Not: A Muslim Perspective

13 Reasons Why has swept the nation as it vividly, and controversially, takes viewers through the journey of a high school girl’s suicide, from her perspective. The series showcases many of the social ills our teens face today that can lead to struggles that are difficult to address. Regardless of whether your tween or teenage child has watched this show, it’s likely that they have heard some discussions regarding the storyline and the characters. Take this opportunity to open age-appropriate dialogue with your children if they have been exposed to these themes and strive to be their first source of information when they indicate a need to talk. Here are thirteen reasons why our youth today may not feel confident, comfortable, or secure in situations at school or with their peers and what we can do about it.

25 January 2017

We Are All Tested

Yes, we are all tested in different ways. But that doesn’t mean that the differences in our tests should make us less empathetic to the plight of others. We may think that Syria needs us, but the reality is — we need Syria. This is one test we all must learn from and face together.

1 November 2016

A Different Kind of Fear: Growing up Muslim in the Age of Trump

In our roles as Muslim mothers, fathers, teachers, leaders, counselors and many others, we worry. We worry about our children, our students, and all the young people already struggling in a world that tells them they are not wanted, not loved, not good enough, not American enough.

12 May 2014

Sharing Stories of Sensuality: Choosing Our Words Carefully

As a community, we need to stop patting people on the back and encouraging them to find themselves by sharing mistakes from their past, disguised as a gift of warning to the world. We need to remind ourselves of the importance of hayaa’ and take back our own narratives in our own tongue. Ignoring taboo topics won’t make them go away and by no means will they disappear if we don’t talk about them. But there is a fine line between using crude language that encourages a bragging of sorts and using modest language that explains and warns in an age-appropriate way.

6 January 2014

Reconnecting With Our Family

As we begin the calendar year of 2014, many of us will reflect on the previous year and contemplate ways to enrich our lives. Among the most common resolutions made around this time are those directly related to self-improvement such as weight loss, exercise and healthier eating, knowledge seeking, career and academic success, and spiritual renewal. While these are all noteworthy goals to work towards, one of the areas of improvement that is often neglected is reconnecting with our family and ensuring that we spend both the quantity and quality of time required to foster a healthy family life.