The Cure for Depression

Author: Ms. Seen Noon

My bitter half, my partner in crime,

This sadness in my soul, building up with time,

Running in me like blood in my veins,

Spoiling it rotten all that it claims,

O Lord, I pray to thee with all my heart,

Surrendering myself, with all might, each ‘n every part,

Heal me, for I’ve lost my way,

Heal me, for I’ve had a price to pay,

Caress me, swaddle me, be my savior,

O Allah, hear my calls, it’s too much to bear,

For you and your remembrance can lighten this tragedy,

Lifting the heaviness in my soul with all of its gravity,

I’ve learnt the hard way but the bitterness parts away,

Leaving behind a heart full of dua, dhikr, and prayer 5 times a day!

There are times in your life when everything appears grey; people who mattered the most don’t feel so close anymore, issues that are of grave importance lose their priority, and your life goals diminish with a burning regret of not being able to accomplish what we intended initially. This illness of our souls can eat up our inner peace and contentment, like termite, leaving nothing behind but residue of remorse and regrets. Knowingly or unknowingly we commit sins and this depression is a kind of guilt caused by such wrongdoings. In those depressing times the heart gets clouded with sadness and despair, losing interest in life and one’s responsibilities. The desire to live life to the fullest is nowhere to be seen; rather life itself feels like a burden which is too heavy to carry. The intensity of depression varies depending on the factors around us, ranging from low, which could be timely and comes and goes in life, to severe when clinical help is required to survive.

Islam is a religion of peace, laying down solutions to each and every problem which we might face in life in Quran and in the life teachings of His Holy Prophet (SAW). The need is of only having the desire to gain insight, to seek guidance and understanding by allowing your conscience to let it all sink in. Although, we know, that it can happen only if Allah wills, but we need to keep striving to become the best versions of ourselves.

Allah says in the Quran, Surah Al Baqarah, Verse 257

“Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light. And those who disbelieve – their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darknesses. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein.” (2:257)

It’s all a matter of our faith in Allah, belief in Allah being the ONLY saviour, the healer of all our worries and troubles, conditional to our repentance and seeking guidance from Him. It’s only then that the darkness of our souls is lifted and is replaced by a soothing blanket of peace and contentment.

The Almighty mentions in the Quran, Surah Taha, Verse 124

“And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.” (20:124)  

Allah, our loving creator, knows beforehand of our troubles and the solutions we seek. He is the most kind and has blessed us with strong antidotes to the diseases that are faced by us in this life. In His Holy Quran, He has revealed the three Surahs as cures to depression, namely:

– Surah Ad-Duhaa (93)
– Surah As-Sharh (94), also known as Surah Al-Inshirah
– Surah Ar-Rahman (55)

Understanding these Surahs can surely relieve us of any doubts about this life and the worldly worries in sha Allah. The only thing required is a soul seeking repentance and a heart pleading forgiveness from the most merciful Lord, Allah Subhanahu Ta’aala.

In this life we are faced with tests and trials, and in order to overcome those we need to do dhikr, pray and seek guidance from Allah through understanding the Quranic verses revealed to our Prophet (SAW) when He was feeling low. There was a time in our Prophet (SAW)’s life when there was no revelation from Allah for quite a long time and He felt depressed and sad. Then Allah sent down Surah Ad-Duhaa (93), to tell His beloved Prophet to not lose hope:

“And He found you lost and guided [you]” (93:7)

Indeed, this Surah contains healing powers for the illnesses in one’s soul, if only we take heed and alert ourselves. Allah beautifully consoles His Prophet to have His belief in Allah and show no sign of despair, for Allah alone is enough to cure our flaws.

Another Surah which was sent after Surah Ad-Duhaa addressing Muhammad (SAW) is Surah Ash-Sharh (94), also a great healer of depression and shows to us that there is indeed light after darkness, in sha Allah:

“For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” (94:5)

Now these two Surahs are truly cures for the hearts with sadness and despair, missing out on life eventually.

Allah has spoken to the the depressed souls, providing cure and healing for the sufferings of his beloved people. One such surah is Surah Ar-Rahman, listing down all the Allah’s creations and asking men how they cannot believe even after witnessing such worldly creations:

“So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?” (55:13)

This Surah has evidence of Allah’s oneness and supremacy, where the almighty talks to His beings about how He has created the heaven, the hell, earth, sun, moon and all that can be witnessed by us insignificant beings. The recitation of Surah Ar-Rahman has indeed provided calmness and peace to hearts affected by guilt and depression. It is surely a miracle from Allah Subhanahu Ta’aala for the guilty folks seeking forgiveness from the almighty, in sha Allah.

Islam has laid down the principles of leading our lives in an upright and balanced way, guiding us through Quran and Sunnah. When a believer looks up the cure of his worries in the Holy Book, reading and understanding it, then he undoubtedly is blessed with answers that guide him to the beacon of light. Allah, indeed, loves His creation immensely and is the supreme healers of the illnesses of our souls, if only we took notice and responded in our youth when we are blessed with health to carry on with ‘dawah’, and the minds to understand the religion and its deeper meanings.

 

 

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