What Are the Solutions to Depression and Stress in Islam: Part2

In the first part of the article, some stress relieving practices were discussed. Here we complete the list with other advises proposed for facing stress in Islam.

 

 

Visiting Family and Gathering with Friends, especially Believers and Those of the Same Religion

 

 

Isolation is undoubtedly the worst way to deal with depression, although some have a completely opposite view on this matter. In general, upholding kinship with relatives and visiting them regularly, benefits one from their social and emotional support [1]. And particularly, in the case of having a problem as serious as depression, they will not leave their loved ones alone and will help to find the resources to get him/her treated.  That’s why keeping family ties is strongly emphasized and recommended in Islamic teachings [2]. 

 

 

Gathering frequently with supportive friends can also play a big role in making depression more manageable and relieving stress in Islam. In Islamic resources, trustworthy friends are known to be like one’s eyes and hands, and family and properties of a person; they are rare and invaluable [3], and they can help a lot to deal with such disorders.

 

 

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Marriage in Islam

 

It is stated in Surah Rum that God has created mates for the human beings which are the source of solace and comfort to them (30:21). Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that after Islam, nothing is more beneficial than a righteous, kind, Muslim wife who brings a smile to the face when looking at her [4].  That is within a lawful (Halal) marriage that both sides receive pure affection and emotional support from each other; respond safely to their sexual urge; help and encourage each other to achieve their goals, promote their social statue and get a better economic situation. Moreover, the researchers suggest that marriage provides the companionship and emotional support needed to help alleviate depression [5]. Hence, many of one’s worries might fade in a successful marriage [6].

 

 

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Taking on a Nice Appearance, A way of Relieving Stress in Islam

 

Looking clean and nice is one of the manners of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It makes one look good, feel good, be confident and attract the company of people and their respect which consequently helps one’s stress to be healed. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to put on perfume and always advised others to do so [7]. On the contrary, looking disheveled has always been blamed in Islamic teachings and narrations since it is believed that one should make the most of the blessings of life [8]. The effect of having a clean and nice appearance and smelling good manifests itself in a healthy, joyful individual [9].

 

 

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Healthy Entertainments and Physical Activities to Face Stress in Islam

 

 

Doing sport and healthy entertainments are highly advised in Islam due to its wonderful benefits on one’s peace and success. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that a wise person divides his daily schedule to four parts and dedicates one of them to lawful (Halal) and healthy entertainment which comforts heart and mind [10]. Imam Ali (AS) has emphasized the impacts of cheerful moments and the state of being happy on one’s soul and mind, too [11, 12]. However, entertainment should not be confused with useless activities. Doing sports especially horse riding, shooting and swimming are encouraged in Islam [13, 14]. On the contrary, playing marbles, gambling or any kind of activity with the intent of winning money or material goods [15], and any entertainment which is a waste of time (like sitting in front of the TV all day and doing nothing else) are absolutely forbidden. That is due to the fact that one gains nothing for doing such activities but loses time and energy, and Muslims are warned neither to lose nor to cause damage.

 

Acts of Charity

 

 

One of the psychological impacts of giving charity is the joy that the donor will experience in his/her heart. Acts of charity and helping others might happen in several forms, like watering a plant, teaching, helping deaf (without nagging and complaining) to communicate with others and being tolerant towards people [16]. In Surah Baqara, it is said that those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah, will be surely rewarded by their Lord. Moreover, they will not fear, nor will they grieve (2:262).

 

 

References:

[1] A. Javadi Amoli, “Mafatih al-hayat”, p. 216.

[2] http://salamislam.com/content/what-does-islam-say-about-maintaining-family-ties-part-1/3

[3] M. al-Kulaynī, “Al-Kafi”, vol. 2, p. 248.

[4] Shaykh Tusi, “Tahdhib al-ahkam fi sharh al-muqni'a”. vol. 7, p. 278, T. 4.

[5] Frech, A. and Williams, K., 2007. Depression and the psychological benefits of entering marriage. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 48(2), pp.149-163.

[6] http://www.hawzah.net

[7] M. al-Kulaynī, “Al-Kafi”, vol. 6, p. 510.

[8] A. Javadi Amoli, “Mafatih al-hayat”, p. 164.

[9] H. F. Tabarsi, “Makarim al-akhlaq”, p. 42.

[10] Shaykh Sadouq, “Ma'ani l-akhbar”, p. 334.

[11] “Ghurar al-Hikam wa Durar al-Kalim”, T. 3992.

[12] “Ghurar al-Hikam wa Durar al-Kalim”, T. 3993.

[13] Al Suyuti, “Jami al-saghir”, vol. 1, p. 38.

[14] Al Suyuti, “Jami al-saghir”, vol. 1, p. 627.

[15] Ibn Babawayh, “Al-Khisal”, p. 331.

[16] A. Javadi Amoli, “Mafatih al-hayat”, p. 547.