- Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
- Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
- More women are affected by depression than men.
- Depression can lead to suicide.
– Source: World Health Organization
Earlier stigmatized, depression is now treated in the modern world as a proper disease which time, medication and professional help can cure. Depression myths have been debunked by the medical world it’s scope broadened from mere mood swings and hopelessness to a proper health condition. Come to think of it, our lifestyles are so fast and stressful that it becomes extremely difficult to cope up with stress. This stress keeps piling on and before we know it or slow down, our mental health is impacted.
We are often asked what Islam says about depression. Does it recognize it as a disease? Is there any Surah to combat depression? Or more specifically, did Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon) ever feel hopeless?
The answer to all of these questions is a big resounding YES.
When the Prophet felt hopeless
The Prophet (peace be upon him) felt all sorts of human emotions – fear, hope, love and even hopelessness. There came a time in the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) life when he did not receive any revelation from Allah for a stretch of about six months. Why had this happened? Did Allah not love him anymore? Had he done something wrong? Did he not qualify to be a Prophet anymore? All these questions kept bothering him.
It was at this time that Allah sent down verses which uplifted him, which promised him that Allah had not forsaken him. This chapter of the Qur’an is meant for all those experiencing depression of any form. It is a sign of relief from Allah.
Which Quranic Surah is for depression?
This chapter for Surah Duhaa. If you look at it’s translation, you’ll find hope etched at its very core.
“By the morning sunlight,
and the night when it falls still!
Your Lord ˹O Prophet˺ has not abandoned you, nor has He become hateful ˹of you˺.
And the next life is certainly far better for you than this one.
And ˹surely˺ your Lord will give so much to you that you will be pleased.
Did He not find you as an orphan then sheltered you?
Did He not find you unguided then guided you?
And did He not find you needy then satisfied your needs?
So do not oppress the orphan,
nor repulse the beggar.
And proclaim the blessings of your Lord.”
Lessons from Surah Duhaa
- Allah will never forsake you.
- He will never hate you.
- And if you do good, He will give you more than what you can possibly imagine.
- Feeling despair is not a sign of a weak Imaan. Even the Prophet (peace be upon him) felt it at some point of life.
- In times of despair, it is best to count your blessings and be grateful to have them.
- Allah will help you sail through every hard time of your life.
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