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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

World Mental Health Day: An Islamic Perspective

Ahsan Mehmood

"Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." (Qur'an, 13:28)

In today's fast-paced world, mental health often takes a backseat. This World Mental Health Day, let's dive into Islam's deep insights on mental well-being.

The Importance of Mental Health in Islam

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shared, "The strong man isn't he who overpowers others, but he who controls himself in anger." (Hadith, Bukhari)

This isn't just about anger management. It's a call to master your emotions daily. Islam has always valued the mind's peace.

Seeking Help and Support

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Value five before five: your youth before old age, your health before sickness…" (Hadith, Al-Hakim)

Recall the story of Prophet Yunus (Jonah). When trapped in the whale's belly, he didn't despair. Instead, he turned to Allah with sincere patience and fervent prayer.

His story teaches us that no matter the magnitude of our challenges, turning to Allah and maintaining patience can lead to relief and redemption.

Community and Mental Health

"A believer to another is like a building, each part supports the other." (Hadith, Bukhari & Muslim)

In the Islamic Golden Age, Bimaristans, or early hospitals, provided medical aid to the needy, but they were more than just medical centers. They were sanctuaries for the mind, offering treatments for both physical and mental ailments.

In today's world, you can continue this legacy by supporting and strengthening your loved ones in their mental health journey. Start by actively listening, offering a helping hand, sharing resources, joining support groups, and reminding them of the healing power of faith and patience.

Coping Mechanisms in Islam

"For every disease, Allah has given a cure." (Hadith, Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Feeling stressed? Islam suggests meditation, reflection, and knowledge-seeking. The practice of Dhikr, or remembering Allah, is a cure for restless hearts.

This World Mental Health Day, let's draw from Islam's wisdom. You can find solace, strength, and support by weaving these teachings into our daily fabric.

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