Reasons for Depression according to Islam

Now days, depression is a common ailment that runs in the blood of humans. Hardly a day passes by when a person encounters the emotions of melancholy and gloominess. Everyday mankind sinks deeper and deeper into the abyss of depression. Failures, complaints about ups and downs in life, rejections are some of the various factors that lead to acute depression problems. Once in this sentiment a person forgets that this life is a one-time opportunity to achieve everlasting happiness in the life ever after. Allah showers his blessings upon us every second of life but we are so absorbed in our depressing worldly matters that nothing seems crucial nor any blessing draws its attention towards us. This is how we become unthankful to Allah and neglect his blessings. Islam has the cure to all dieses, miseries and never ending line of difficulties. Allah is the creator so he knows what is beneficial for us. He loves us more than the love of seventy mothers combined. Difficulties and trials that are the main source of depression are only means to raise our standards or earn countless rewards. Allah says in the Qur’an: (interpretation of the meaning):

“..Truly the steadfast will be paid their recompense without limit“[Az-Zumar, 10].

 Abu Saeed Al-Khudri and Abu Hurairah (RA) narrate that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Whenever a Muslim faces fatigue, illness, worry, grief, hurt and sorrow, even gets pricked by a thorn, Allah in lieu of his sufferings removes his sins.” (Bukhari)

 “Our anxieties, depression and worries are all created because we first make the decisions and then expect Allah Ta’ala to conform; whereas what we plan and decide is subject to Allah Ta’ala’s confirmation.” [‘Cure for depression’ by Shaykh Yunus Patel]


Heart is the centre of emotions. It works in collaboration with mind but mostly it’s the heart that decides our desires and serves as a platform for good and evil. So if a person submits himself/herself to Allah and accumulates in their heart the love of Allah Almighty, seek His love and express gratitude for His bounties and finally patient in hardships then all of the problems may seem light and for time being. The belief that Allah is also there to help is perhaps greater than the problem that is causing depression. If we look around and think about the blessings Almighty Allah is showering on us, we will love Him. Depression is caused by offensive acts that are prohibited by Allah. When a person disobeys the Laws of Allah, he/she is inflicted with various types of harms such as depression.  Therefore, the depressed person should repent for the past and turn his/her attention to Allah. Focus on pleasing Allah by fulfilling all His commands and He will grant you ease, peace and satisfaction of the heart, mind and soul. In the Zikr (obedience) of Allah is complete tranquility and peace. Allah is the controller of all situations. If a person is in any difficulty, Allah is the only being that would assist him in coming out of that difficulty. Therefore, turn to Allah and He will take care of all your problems and misfortunes.


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