Sad? Depressed? What’s Your Relationship with the Quran?

The medicine for sorrow, grief, anxiety and depression is this dua:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas’ood, that the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] said: There is no person who suffers any anxiety or grief, and he/she says:

except that Allah will take away his anxiety and grief, and replace his sorrow with joy.

The companions asked: Ya Rasool Allah! Does it befit for us that we learn these words (i.e. this dua)?

He replied: Absolutely. Whoever hears of it should learn it.

[Musnad Imam Ahmad]

Transliteration (hover your mouse for translation)

Allahumma innee ‘abduka,
ibnu ‘abdika, ibnu amatika
Naasiyatee biyadika,
Maadhin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadhaa’uka
As alooka bikulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka
aw anzaltahu fee kitabika, aw ‘allamtahu ‘ahdan min khalqika
Awista tharta bihi fee ‘ilmil-ghaibi ‘indaka
An tajalal Qurana rab’eea qalbee, wa noora sadree
Wa jalaa’a huznee, wa zhahaaba hammee

The Prophet [SAWS] told us that if we find ourselves in a state of sorrow, anxiety, depression or sadness, we should make the afore-mentioned dua. The dua begins with glorifying and praising Allah, then we are instructed to make tawassul (seek a means to get closer) to Allah by asking through all of Allah’s perfect and majestic names…but what is the request after such prolonged praise?

“Make the Quran the life of my heart and the light of chest!”

It’s as if Rasool Allah [SAWS] is saying that if you’re depressed/sad/anxious/sorrowful, then the way to relieve this is to make your life revolve around the Quran! Because once you read the Quran, you will find:

  • peace and tranquility of the heart [13:28]
  • physical and spiritual healing (shifaa), and mercy [17:82]
  • guidance on how to live life, and good news [2:97]

How is it possible for someone who is attached to the Quran to ever be depressed?

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30 thoughts on “Sad? Depressed? What’s Your Relationship with the Quran?

  1. Translation:

    “Oh Allah! Indeed I am Your abd (worshipperslave)
    Son of Your male abd (my father) and female abd (my mother)
    My forehead is in Your Hand (i.e. You have control over me)
    And Your Judgement upon me is assured, and Your Decree upon me is just
    I ask you with every name that You have named Yourself with
    Or revealed in Your Book (Quran), or taught to any of Your creation
    Or kept with Yourself in the knowledge of the unseen that is with You
    That You make the Quran the life of my heart, and the light of my chest
    And the banisher of my sadness and the reliever of my distress.”

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  3. Allahumma innee ‘abduka,
    ibnu ‘abdika, ibnu amatika
    Naasiyatee biyadika,
    Maadhin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadhaa’uka
    As alooka bikulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka
    aw anzaltahu fee kitabika, aw ‘allamtahu ‘ahdan min khalqika
    Awista tharta bihi fee ‘ilmil-ghaibi ‘indaka
    An tajalal Qurana rab’eea qalbee, wa noora sadree
    Wa jalaa’a huznee, wa zhahaaba hammee

  4. salaamu alaikum brotherz n sisterz. i would like u all to do 4 me as i realy wana go 4 umrah! is there anythng i can read for the aceptance of dua.? so far its bin heartache to heartache..firstly my passport was delay in passport offìce,then when v sent d passport 4 d visa n they refused visa for my dad..if my dad cnt go i wnt b able 2 go as i need a mahram..nw there sayin wait anoda week n a half! i just cnt stop crying! plz advice me on wot i should read jazakallah khair.

  5. As Salamo alaikum sister

    The intention of Umrah will get you the reward because of the hadith of the Prophet [SAWS] that actions are by intention, in sha Allah.

    So, be patient, in sha Allah.

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  7. Eid ul Fitr (1 Shawwal)

    The festival begins with the first sighting of the new moon.
    The first Eid was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) with his friends and relatives after the victory of the battle of Jang-e-Badar.
    Muslims are not only celebrating the end of fasting, but thanking Allah for the help and strength that he gave them throughout the previous month to help them practice self-control.

  8. Ramadan is a time to fast from dawn until sunset for the sake of Allah,increase your prayers and ask forgiveness for past sins,pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, and purify yourselves through self-restraint and good deeds.

  9. “Oh Allah! Indeed I am Your abd (worshipperslave)
    Son of Your male abd (my father) and female abd (my mother)
    My forehead is in Your Hand (i.e. You have control over me)
    And Your Judgement upon me is assured, and Your Decree upon me is just
    I ask you with every name that You have named Yourself with
    Or revealed in Your Book (Quran), or taught to any of Your creation
    Or kept with Yourself in the knowledge of the unseen that is with You
    That You make the Quran the life of my heart, and the light of my chest
    And the banisher of my sadness and the reliever of my distress.”

  10. In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

    Praise be to Allaah.
    Ramadaan is one of the twelve Arabic months. It is a month which is venerated in the Islamic religion, and it is distinguished from the other months by a number of characteristics and virtues, including the following:

    1 – Allaah has made fasting this month the fourth pillar of Islam, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasts) that month…”

    [al-Baqarah 2:185]

    and it was narrated in al-Saheehayn (al-Bukhaari, 8; Muslim, 16) from the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Islam is built on five (pillars): the testimony that there is no god except Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah; establishing prayer; paying zakaah; fasting Ramadaan; and Hajj to the House (the Ka’bah).”

    2 – Allaah revealed the Qur’aan in this month, as He says in the verse quoted above (interpretation of the meaning):

    “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)…”

    [al-Baqarah 2:185]

    And Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’aan) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree).”

    [al-Qadr 97:1]

    3 – Allaah has made Laylat al-Qadr in this month, which is better than a thousand months, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’aan) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree).

    And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is?

    The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allaah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).

    Therein descend the angels and the Rooh [Jibreel (Gabriel)] by Allaah’s Permission with all Decrees,

    (All that night), there is peace (and goodness from Allaah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn”

    [al-Qadar 97:1-5]

    “We sent it (this Qur’aan) down on a blessed night [(i.e. the Night of Al-Qadr) in the month of Ramadan — the 9th month of the Islamic calendar]. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship]”

    [al-Dukhaan 44:3]

    Allaah has blessed Ramadaan with Laylat al-Qadr. Explaining the great status of this blessed night, Soorat al-Qadr was revealed, and there are many ahaadeeth which also speak of that, such as the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There has come to you Ramadaan, a blessed month which Allaah has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained up. In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.”

    Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 2106; Ahmad, 8769. classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 999.

    And Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever spends Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1910; Muslim, 760.

    4 – Allaah has made fasting Ramadaan and spending its nights in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward a means of forgiveness of sins, as was proven in al-Saheehayn (al-Bukhaari, 2014; Muslim, 760) from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadaan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” And al-Bukhaari (2008) and Muslim (174) also narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever spends the nights of Ramadaan in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

    The Muslims are unanimously agreed that it is Sunnah to pray qiyaam at night in Ramadaan. Al-Nawawi said that what is meant by praying qiyaam in Ramadaan is to pray Taraweeh, i.e., one achieves what is meant by qiyaam by praying Taraaweeh.

    5 – In this month, Allaah opens the gates of Paradise and closes the gates of Hell, and chains up the devils, as is stated in al-Saheehayn (al-Bukhaari, 1898; Muslim, 1079), from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah who said that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When Ramadaan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.”

    6 – Every night Allaah has people whom He redeems from the Fire. Imam Ahmad (5/256) narrated from the hadeeth of Abu Umaamah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “At every breaking of the fast, Allaah has people whom He redeems.” Al-Mundhiri said: there is nothing wrong with its isnaad; and it was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 987.

    Al-Bazzaar (Kashf 962) narrated that Abu Sa’eed said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has people whom He redeems every day and night – i.e., in Ramadaan – and every Muslim every day and night has a prayer that is answered.”

    7 – Fasting Ramadaan is a means of expiation for the sins committed since the previous Ramadaan, so long as one avoids major sins. It was proven in Saheeh Muslim (233) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The five daily prayers, from one Jumu’ah to the next and from one Ramadaan to the next are expiation for (sins committed) in between, so long as you avoid major sins.”

    8 – Fasting in Ramadaan is equivalent to fasting ten months, as is indicated by the hadeeth in Saheeh Muslim (1164) narrated from Abu Ayyoob al-Ansaari: “Whoever fasts Ramadaan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be like fasting for a lifetime.” Ahmad (21906) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadaan, a month is like ten months, and fasting six days after al-Fitr will complete the year.”

    9 – Whoever prays qiyaam in Ramadaan with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer, because of the report narrated by Abu Dawood (1370) and others from the hadeeth of Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays qiyaam with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Salaat al-Taraaweeh, p. 15

    10 – ‘Umrah in Ramadaan is equivalent to Hajj. Al-Bukhaari (1782) and Muslim (1256) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to a woman among the Ansaar, “What kept you from doing Hajj with us?” She said, “We only had two camels that we used for bringing water.” So her husband and son had gone for Hajj on one camel, and he left the other for them to use for bringing water.” He said, “When Ramadaan comes, go for ‘Umrah, for ‘Umrah in Ramadaan is equivalent to Hajj.” According to a report narrated by Muslim, “… is equivalent to doing Hajj with me.”

    11 – It is Sunnah to observe i’tikaaf (retreat for the purpose of worship) in Ramadaan, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) always did that, as it was narrated in the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to spend the last ten days of Ramadaan in i’tikaaf until he passed away, then his wives observed i’tikaaf after him.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1922; Muslim, 1172.

    12 – It is mustahabb in the sense of being strongly recommended in Ramadaan to study the Qur’aan together and to read it a great deal. You may study the Qur’aan together by reciting it to someone else and by having someone else recite it to you. The evidence that this is mustahabb is the fact that Jibreel used to meet the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) every night in Ramadaan and study the Qur’aan with him. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6; Muslim, 2308.

    Reading Qur’aaan is mustahabb in general, but more so in Ramadaan.

    13 – It is mustahabb in Ramadaan to offer iftaar to those who are fasting, because of the hadeeth of Zayd ibn Khaalid al-Juhani (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the fasting person’s reward in the slightest.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 807; Ibn Maajah, 1746; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 647. see question no: ( 12598 )

    And Allaah knows best.

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  12. I’ve been depressed lately, partly because, am turning 23 very soon n i’ve not really been in a relationship.also ma mum sometimes ask me whether i’ve gotten a husband yet.what should i do?

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  14. Thank u for posting. I hve been
    going thru depression & worry for the last 10 yrs ever since my divorce. I dnt even know if and how ill ever get married as I lost hope. I really hope this dua will help me. May Allah reward u for sharing the msg.

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  16. ASSALAAMOU ALEYKOUM WA RAHMATOULLAH
    Dear sisters. Feeling depressed is a feeling that i am also experiencing. It is an indescribable clinical and psychological pain that seems to put me through agony. As I am writing these lines, my heart is numb. I am going through incredibly difficult times.

    But alhamdoulilLah,we Muslims never lack a positive outlook to hang on to. We are on this earth precisely to undergo trials and testings. And Allah said that He created death and life in order to see which ones of us will act better. Good actions are not only a matter of giving and . praying and fasting and so on. it is also a matter of accepting Allah’s decrees on us, good and bad. By the way not one decree is bad, for Allah is Just and essentially Clement and full of Compassion towards us. It is only our truncated human vision that sees thing that way.

    Let us never forget the real reason we were created: AND I HAVE NOT CREATED THE JINNS AND MANKIND EXCEPT FOR THEM TO WORSHIP ME. The only thing we should really focus on is worship, the sate of our iman, the fact that life is short and that we need to concentrate on and spare our energies on doing good and avoiding bad. As much as possible, let us not set for ourselves standards outside of our power! Allah did not guarantee every woman on earth will find a husband. To those who have it, He never guaranteed they would find happiness in marriage. Nor did He decree that every single being is destined to have children. Aisha, the mother of the believers never moaned about it. Yet her husband was in a privileged position for making du’as. But he never insisted on that aspect of things. Let us accept graciously our serving, in its nature and size, and give thanks and praised to the Almighty. in sha Allah we will be satisfied in Jannah.

    The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahou aleyhi wa sallama) said: ‘ajaban li amri mou-min’ meaning ‘how amazing the matter of the Muslim is!’ And he went on to say way; if a good thing happens to him, he is thankful and thus gets rewarded for it . If a trial falls upon him, he goes through it patiently and gets rewarded for that.

    It’s a win win situation for us guys!!!

    Satan will most certainly play his role in trying to sway us in his dark alleys of moaning and complaining and feeling down and out and totally hopeless. But let us hold on tight to the rope that Allah has sent us and let him pull us out of the well of somberness into the blissful lights of His comforting remembrance.

    I entrust myself and entrust you to the guardianship of Allah. May He protect us and caress our sorrows away. I wish myself and I wish you love and happiness in the name of Allah.

    Assalaamou aleykoum wa rahmatoullah

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