Depression, anxiety, panic attacks can happen to any of us. Being Muslim doesn’t exempt us from these feelings. Our faith, our Deen, can give us the strength and tools needed to overcome these feelings.
I have been told that as a Muslim, I cannot be depressed or sad. One person said that I do not believe in Allah (swt) because I allow depression to overtake me at times. That comment could not be further from the truth.
My Imam gives me the will to make extra Dua, to seek Allah (swt) ‘s mercy when I find myself in a dark place. Depression, PTSD, and anxiety attacks, in the end, strengthen my faith.
Alhamdulillah, I have a support network of others I can call on and lean on when these feelings seem insurmountable. I begin with Allah (swt) and then talk with my wife or call two close friends.
Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means you’re strong and brave. For psychological and emotional support, you may contact the following within the United States:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, or text 838255
Additional links and numbers can be found on the Therapy for Muslims website: https://therapyformuslims.com/hotlines/
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 5 duas that you may want to recite in facing anxiety and depression:
1. Dua in Times of Distress
Asma’ Binti ‘Umais r.a narrated that “Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. said to me: Shall I not teach you some words to say when in distress?
اللهُ اللهُ ربِّي لَا أُشرِكُ به شيئًا
Allah, Allah, Rabbi La Ushriku Bihi Syai’a
“Allah, Allah, my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him”
(Sunan Abi Daud)
2. Dua of Prophet Yunus a.s.
When stranded in the belly of a whale, isolated from even the slightest glimpse of light and as though the way out seems impossible, Prophet Yunus a.s. placed his hope and reliance upon Allah s.w.t. and recited the following invocations:
لاَّ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّى كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ
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)
3. Dua for Seeking Refuge from Severe Calamity, Misery, and To Be Freed from Misfortune
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.”
4. Dua to attain calmness of the heart from being anxious
رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي
Rabbi-shrah li sodri, wa yassir li amri, wahlul uqdatan min lisani yafqohu qawli
“Lord, lift up my heart and ease my task for me. Remove the impediment from my tongue so that they may understand my speech.”
(Surah Taha, 20:25-28)
5. Dua for Attaining Confidence in Allah s.w.t.
رَبَّنَا عَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْنَا وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ
Robbana, ‘alaika tawakkalna, wa ilaika anabna, wa ilaikal-masir
“Our Lord! In You we have placed our trust, and to You we turn in repentance, and to You is the final return.”
(Surah Al-Mumtahanah, 60:4)
6. Dua for Hardship and Distress
Allah s.w.t. will grant whoever recites this 7 times in the morning or evening sufficiency from which whatever matters that brings him or her grief:
حَسْبِيَ اللَّهُ لآ إلَهَ إلَّا هُوَ، عَلَيْهَ توَكَّلتُ، وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ
HasbiyAllahu la illaha illa Huwa, ‘alayhi tawakkaltu, wa Huwa Rabbul arshil azim
“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.”
(Sunan Abi Daud)
Allah is with you wherever you are, Insya’Allah. Seek the proper help you need, beyond invoking these prayers. Mental wellbeing 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 (ikhtiyar) in getting ourselves better.
May Allah ease your worries, fears and anxiety and grant you calmness, peace and healing. Ameen.