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Anxiety attacks and depression can happen to any of us. While being Muslims means having our faith rooted within us, it doesn’t mean that we are invulnerable to experiencing such challenges.
Having depression does not negate one believing Allah s.w.t. and His divine decree or may cause one to have a lesser Iman. The fact that a person still strongly depends on Allah, despite the mental challenges faced, shows how resolute his or her faith is.
To manage anxiety and depression, we can use a holistic and comprehensive approach. While prayers are very much a part of Muslims, it is also important to couple it with the right measures and taking the appropriate steps to manage mental health issues such as seeking professional help. The solution to managing anxiety and depression does not necessarily have to be confined to specific ritualistic acts. Someone who experiences mental health challenges needs to seek proper medical intervention and support. Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means you’re strong and brave.
Allah s.w.t. reminds us in the Quran:
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ
“Those who believe and whose hearts find comfort in the remembrance of Allah. Surely in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find comfort.”
(Surah Ar-Ra’d, 13:28)
We remember Allah s.w.t and seek help from Him. Here are 6 duas that you may want to recite in facing anxiety and depression:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ جَهْدِ الْبَلَاءِ، وَدَرَكِ الشَّقَاءِ، وَسُوءِ الْقَضَاءِ، وَشَمَاتَةِ الْأَعْدَاءِ
Allahumma inni a’uzu bika min jahdil-bala’, wa darki shaqa’, wa su’il-qadha’, wa shamatatil-a’da’
“O Allah, I seek refuge in You from severe calamity, from misery to fall upon me, from misfortune in the decree, and from the joys of the enemies.”
When stranded in the belly of a whale, Prophet Yunus a.s. realised his shortcomings and made supplications to Allah s.w.t:
لاَّ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ أَنتَ سُبْحَـنَكَ إِنِّى كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّـلِمِينَ
La ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaz zalimin
“There is no god but You, exalted are You! Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.”
(Surah Al Anbiya, 21:87)
HasbunAllahu wa ni’mal wakeel; Ni’mal maula wani’man naseer
“Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us). He is an Excellent Protector and an Excellent Helper.”
(Surah Al-Imraan, 3:173; Surah Al-Anfal, 8:40)
(Sunan Tirmidhi #3524; Mustadrak al-Haakim vol.1 pg.509; Shu’ubul Iemaan of Imaam Bayhaqi Hadith No.:10231)
Allah s.w.t. will grant whoever recites this 7 times in the morning or evening whatever he desires from this world or the next:
حَسْبِىَ اللَّهُ لآ إلَهَ إلّا هُوَ، عَلَيْهَ ثَوَكَّلتُ، وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ
HasbiAllahu la illaha illa Huwa, ‘alayhi tawakkaltu, wa Huwa Rabbul arshil adheem
“Allah is sufficient for me. There is none worthy of worship but Him. I have placed my trust in Him, and He is the lord of the Majestic Throne.”
(ibn as-Sunni 71, abu Dawud 4:321)
Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that when Nabi (ﷺ) was distressed he would recite:
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ الْعَظِيمُ الْحَلِيمُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ رَبُّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَرَبُّ الْأَرْضِ وَرَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيمِ
La ilaha illalahul ‘Azimul Halim, la ilaha illallahu Rabbul ‘arshil ‘azim, la ilaha illallahu Rabbus samawati wa Rabbul ardi wa Rabbul ‘arshil karim
“None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Magnificient, the Compassionate. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Rubb of the Mighty Throne. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Rubb of the heavens, the Rubb of the earth, and the Rubb of the Honourable Throne.
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6346 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2730)
May Allah keep all of us in his protection and guide us to the path he wants his best man to walk and protect ourselves from all kinds of worries and sadness and make us eligible enough to pass his test. Ameen.
Allah is with you wherever you are, Insya’Allah. Seek the proper help you need, beyond invoking these prayers. Mental well being is important and we have a duty to take care of it. Seeking professional medical intervention and support is essential and indeed part of our endeavour (ikhtiar) in getting ourselves better.
May Allah ease your worries, fears and anxiety and grant you calmness, peace and healing. Ameen.
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