How to Overcome Depression in Islam

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  • Introduction

    How to Overcome Depression in Islam

    Like everyone else, Muslims experience depression. The Qur'an and Islamic Hadith offers prescriptions for the treatment of depression in Muslims. Enriching one's Islamic faith, admitting responsibility for harming others, and acknowledging reality are primary ways that Muslims are encouraged to find help with the difficulties of depression. Essentially, Islamic recommendations for depression derive from the Qur'an.


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    Resist anxieties and find ways to reduce worries. Express patience for those things over which one has no control. Strength of will and faith in a greater reward offers benefits that help one to endure difficulties. These are recommendations of Islamic Hadith (the words and deeds of the Prophet (PBUH). For example, Hadith #38 offers comfort that "No doubt verily the [closer servants of Allah] no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve." (See Additional Resources)

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    Recognise that troubles often help to cleanse one's misdeeds. The Prophet (BPUH) Muhammad teaches that "When Allah wishes good for His slave, He hastens to bring about his punishment in this world, and if He does not wish good for him." (See Resources, Islam's Treatment for Anxiety and Worry)

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    Accept that the world is a difficult place with severe problems. When one understands that this is a weary world, one anticipates the hope of Paradise, where all troubles are eased and joy is everywhere. Hadith 13 offers insight for the Muslim who may be struggling: the believer "never sees this world as his home, but as a temporary dwelling full of trials until he reaches his final home of Jannah." Liberation and joy are the rewards of Paradise.

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    Turn to natural remedies for depression. Islam recognises the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise for physical and spiritual wellness. Additionally, vitamins and herbs are allowed. One may use St. John's Wort or increase B vitamins and/or myrrh to aid one's difficulties.

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    Tips and warnings

    Muslims are urged to find an Muslim physician or counsellor to help find a path that is supported by Islamic teachings.

    The information included is not medical, but educational; it does not mean to minimise the deep issues surrounding depression.

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