Humanity comes across many afflictions and trials, sometimes in devastating sequences. For removal of the darkness of this depression, worries, distresses, and grief is a critical matter, Islam gives serious attention to it.
There are many authentic dua and supplications from Hadith. That can help us to remove anxieties, depression, and Worries.
Worries & Depression?
First of all, we should know that the greatest darkness is disbelief in Allah. More than that is to associate partners with Him. Whoever associates partners with Allah will always remain in darkness and thus feel depression and worries. In the Holy Quran:
“Allah is the Protector of those who have faith He will lead them from the depths of darkness into light. As for those who disbelieve, their patrons are the devils. From light, they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (forever).” (QURAN, SURAH AL-BAQARAH 2.257)
Suhayb narrated: the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for all matters are good, and this applies to no one except the believer. If something good happens to him, he gives thanks, which is good for him. And if something terrible happens to him, he bears it with patience, and that is good for him.”
(Narrated by Muslim, 2999)
We Should Think About Jannah:
This world should not be the primary concern of Muslims. Worry about his provision should not find any room in his heart or mind. Let us make his sickness and his anxiety worse and get him to feel depression and worries.
Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Whoever is mainly concerned about the Hereafter, Allah will make him feel independent of others. And will make him focused and content, and his worldly affairs will fall into place.
But whoever is mainly concerned with this world, Allah will make him feel in constant need of others. And will make him distracted and unfocused, and he will get nothing of this world except what is decreed for him.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2389; classed as Saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6510).
The scholars of Islam have extracted from the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah many remedies and cures to help us in our daily affairs and remove our depression and worries.
- A Sahabih reported that the Prophet (PBUH) used to recite this Dua:
اللّهُـمَّ رَحْمَتَـكَ أَرْجـوفَلا تَكِلـني إِلى نَفْـسي طَـرْفَةَ عَـيْن، وَأَصْلِـحْ لي شَأْنـي كُلَّـه لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أنْـت
“O Allah, I hope for Your mercy. Please do not leave me to myself even for the blinking of an eye (i.e., one moment)—correct all of my affairs for me. There is none worthy of worship but You.”
(Abu Dawud 4/324, Ahmad 5/42. Al-Albani graded it as good in Sahih Abu Dawud 3/959.)
- In al-Saheehayn, it was reported from Ibn’ Abbaas that the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say, when he felt distressed or depressed and worries:
لا إلَهَ إلاَّ اللَّهُ الْعَظـيمُ الْحَلِـيمْ، لا إلَهَ إلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ العَـرْشِ العَظِيـمِ، لا إلَهَ إلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ السَّمَـوّاتِ ورّبُّ الأَرْضِ ورَبُّ العَرْشِ الكَـريم
“La ilaaha ill-Allaah al-‘Azeem ul-Haleem, Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb il-‘arsh il-‘azeem, Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb is-samawaati wa Rabb il-ard wa Rabb il-‘arsh il-kareem”
“There is no God except Allah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no God except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne. (And) There is no God except Allaah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth, and Lord of the noble Throne.” (Al-Bukhari 8/154, Muslim 4/2092)
Islam About Depression And Worries:
- It was reported from Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say when something upset him:
“Yaa Hayyu yaa Qayyoom, bi Rahmatika astagheeth (O Ever-Living One, O Everlasting One, by Your mercy I seek help).”
- Asma’ bint ‘Umays (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to me:
“Shall I not teach you some words to say when you feel distressed, Depression and Worries?
اللهُ اللهُ رَبِّ لا أُشْـرِكُ بِهِ شَيْـئاً
‘Allah, Allah, Rabbee laa ushriku bihi shay’an’
Allah, Allah, my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him
(Abu Dawud 2/87. See also Al-Albani, Sahih Ibn Majah 2/335.)
It was reported from ‘Abd UAlaah ibn Mas’ood. That the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“No person suffers any anxiety or grief.
للّهُـمَّ إِنِّي عَبْـدُكَ ابْنُ عَبْـدِكَ ابْنُ أَمَتِـكَ نَاصِيَتِي بِيَـدِكَ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤكَ أَسْأَلُـكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ
هُوَ لَكَ سَمَّـيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ أِوْ أَنْزَلْتَـهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ، أَوْ عَلَّمْـتَهُ أَحَداً مِنْ خَلْقِـكَ أَوِ اسْتَـأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي
عِلْمِ الغَيْـبِ عِنْـدَكَ أَنْ تَجْـعَلَ القُرْآنَ رَبِيـعَ قَلْبِـي، وَنورَ صَـدْرِي وجَلَاءَ حُـزْنِي وذَهَابَ هَمِّـي
‘Allaahumma innee ‘abduKa wa ibn ‘abdika wa ibn amatika, naasiyati bi yadika, maadin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadaa’uka, as’aluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anzaltahu fi kitaabika aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw ista’tharta bihi fi ‘ilm il-ghaybi ‘andak an taj’ala al-Qur’aana rabee’ qalbi wa noor sadri wa jalaa’a huzni wa dhahaaba hammi’
“O Allaah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your female slave. My forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed, and Your decree over me is.
I ask You by every Name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation. Or You have preserved in the knowledge of unseen with You, that You make the Quran life of my heart. And the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety.” but Allah will take away his sorrow and grief and give him in their stead joy.”