Being Depressed? Or Hoping for the Best?

Sharifah Bebe Hasan explores the difference between experiencing natural low points in life, and being clinically depressed. Negative emotions are completely natural.  In fact, they can make us realise that we are makhluq (created) being who are flawed, and that we have limitations.It’s also important to realise that we are eternally connected to our Khaliq […]

Magic, Loss, and Estrangement

Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan answers a question about protecting oneself from black magic and how to overcome frustration and despair. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I am writing this on my distressed colleague’s behalf. Her life has been spoiled by her own estranged family. She is critically ill and homeless, stuck very badly […]

Faith is Believing, Not Feeling – Dr. Ingrid Mattson

There may be times when we feel that we aren’t benefiting from our faith. But true faith is when we still believe that Allah will do what He has promised. In this address, Dr. Ingrid Mattson explains this concept in relation to the believer’s heart, mind, and actions. How can Faith Benefit Me? If faith […]

How Do I Calm My Worries?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Are there any specific duas or Surahs I can recite to help me with my constant state of anxiousness, depression and paranoia that I have been feeling due to a multitude of heavy things and it’s been weighing me down.I just need a way of easing my difficulties. Answer: […]

Can I Give Expiatory Payments Instead of Making up Fasts?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum I have been suffering from depression. I am seeing my doctor regularly. I missed many fasts last year and a few fasts a year before. I am worried of days piling. Am I allowed to feed poor people as fidya for my missed fasts instead of waiting […]

I Feel Depressed During Prayer. What Can I Do?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Assalamu alaykum My parents are forcefully prioritizing the prestige/status of every suitor. Any suitors whom I bring up are spoken about in my home with disrespect. I can’t pray anymore without feeling deeply afraid of my fate. Even stepping on the prayer mat frightens me. I feel relieved when […]

I Have Chronic Depression, and Treatment Is Not Helping. What Can I Do?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: Assalam aleykum, I have chronic depression, and psychiatric treatment is not helping. My parents constantly fight. What can I do? Answer: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you well. Please forgive me for the delay. Depression Dear questioner, I am sorry that you […]

Is Seeking Counselling A Sign of Weakness? by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil, a core member of the SeekersHub Answers service, offers much-needed, effective online pastoral care – to those who seek help. What about those who suffer in silence? Taha has reached rock bottom. Perhaps he is struggling with some form of addiction, or he is depressed. He has tried numbing his pain, […]

Is It Permissible to Use Anti-Depressant Medication?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Assalamu alaykum Is it permissible to use anti-depressant medication? I expressed my concerns of taking such medication; but it has come to a point that my depression has prevented me from partaking in my obligations at school, and even from things that I really enjoy. My father said that […]

How Muslim Scholars Contributed To Mental Health Care, by Dr Rania Awaad

Join The Mindful Muslim Podcast’s Meanha and her special guest Dr Rania Awaad as they explore the Islamic history of psychology and the works of early Muslim scholars which is only now being rediscovered. Islamic psychology or Ilm al-Nafs, (the science of “the self” or “psyche”), refers to the medical and philosophical study of the psyche […]