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25 Effective Islamic Ways to Cure Depression

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Sometimes, people has its up and down, and it is common and humanly. Even worse, they had what it called depression, and feel the world is unfair to you. If we were looking more deeper, depression means mental disorder in a person characterized by a declining feeling, such as grim, sad, and depressed. The sad name can be lightweight, can be heavy, and can be very heavy to be frantic and unbearable so thrashing. In general, people do not distinguish between depression and stress.

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In fact, the terminology of health, stress means disruption of body physiology as a result of the inability of someone overcome or adjust themselves with the problems it faces.

There are so many causes of depression, but most of its causes if from ourselves. Here is the causes of depression :

  • Marriage issues, such as quarrels, separations, and disloyalty.
  • Problems of parents, such as the absence of offspring, most children, and relationships are not good with in-laws and in-laws.
  • Poor personal relationships, such as with lovers, coworkers, and with superiors.
  • Job problems, such as work that is too heavy or difficult to do.
  • Poor or lack of environmental conditions, such as moving shelter, do not match neighbors, hustle and bustle, and are unsafe.
  • Financial problems, such as income that is very less than the needs, debt-wracked, inheritance, and termination of work.
  • Legal issues, such as exposure to lawsuits, imprisonment, and injustice of judges’ rulings.
  • Human development, such as adolescence, adulthood, menopause, and old age.
  • Illness or physical disability, such as accident, surgery, and abortion.
  • Family problems, such as the tense relationship between the parents, rarely meet with parents, lose feelings of affection for parents, angry and abusive parents.

And many causes of depression that makes you want to cry or anything, as long as it help you to release what you feel. But it does not mean that we can not get over it and the problem is stop right there. It is just how you manage it and find the solution of your problem. In Surah At-Tawbah verse 40 narrated that :

If you do not help the Prophet – Allah has already aided him when they were disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of the two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, “Do not grieve; is with us.” And Allah sent down his tranquility upon him and supported him with the words of Allah – that is the highest. And God is Exalted in Might and Wise.”

In that verse, the words that we bold is a suggest for all of you. Do not be sad or grieve, because Allah always with us. Remember it, and you will find the way to get through this. Here is the way to help you manage and overcome your depression.

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1. Pray

As a believer, Islam requires a person to perform obligatory prayers five times a day, from dawn till dusk. In addition to obligatory prayers, there is also sunnah prayer which is also recommended in Islam. Prayers have many benefits, one of which is to make the heart become more peaceful in Islam. Prayers also have a purpose to make people get closer to Allah SWT. Prayers can bring the heart to be more calm and peaceful so as to maintain emotional stability well. In fact, Salat is also a cure from various diseases. It is mention in Surah Al Baqarah verse 153.

O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer.  Indeed, Allah is with his patient.

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Instead Shalat, we can go to recite the Dua. Dua is one way to communicate with Allah swt, and the best way to talk to Allah. Compared to having to talk to fellow human beings or even in social media, praying becomes the best way to vent to the creator. This will also make yourself calmer, reducing depression from within. Also, we can reading the Qur’an.

It is not directly to remove your depression, but with reading Al-Qur’an, we can forget (for a while) our problem and we believe that it will soothing you as a person and believe that Allah will help you get through this. And last thing, we can go to dhikr. Dhikr propagation will be closer to God and also can cause the heart becomes more calm. This is also supported from the view of a doctor where if viewed from the psychology, Dhikr is one of psychiatric therapy that is powerful to apply to the human psyche. 

2. Be Optimist

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One of the most effective ways to overcome depression and stress is coming from yourself.
A Muslim must have an optimistic attitude to solve the problem. The optimistic nature possessed by everyone will keep them away from the nature of destruction, depression and stress. The optimistic nature of man can be seen when he has problems will solve it in the hope that there is no negative impact on him.

Next, always entrust his efforts to Allah SWT because He is the most decisive. With the optimist, it will make us to think positive and get rid of the slightest negative feeling. Always try to deal with problems with a positive mind and not think too much about things so that the mind will not be too drained for a bad mind that causes the body to become depressed. Therefore, it will released the positive energy.

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3. Faith in Fate

The sixth Pillars of Iman or faith is believe in Qada and Qadar. It can also be the way to overcome depression. As a human being, we must able to accept all the destiny that has been outlined by Allah swt, whether it is good destiny or bad fate. If you get the bad you do not need to get sucked in grief. Those who believe in fate and believe in Fate will benefit from the pillars of Faith with all things that happen to him will be accepted but if not then his faith is not yet perfect.

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4. Gathered With Family

Keeping in touch with family even in the midst of a very busy can also bring a person to happiness according to Islam. Happy family according to Islam who can be a Sakinah, Mawaddah, and Warahmah. Each of these criteria is always complement each other and accompany all other family members. You can do with joking and chatting with family will prevent someone from depression.

5. Patient

Depression arises because it is too difficult to solve a problem or get a severe problem, so what we can do is be patient. The Prophet Ya’kub a.s once said “Patience is more beautiful.” So when faced with any weight problem, be patient. Because it is includes a way to be calm in Islam. It is include in Surah Yusuf verse 18.

‘And they brought upon his shirt false blood. [Jacob] said, “Rather, your souls have enticed you to something, so patience is the most fitting. And God is the one sought for help against that which you describe.”‘

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6. Surrender

To treat depression must have feelings of resignation to God. You just have to surrender it to Allah swt, but it does not mean you are give up. This is what it called Tawakkal. Tawakkal is a feeling to always be able to think and be positive to God.

This attitude can also be one way to become a good Muslim according to Islam. With this attitude one must be willing to accept all the trials and disasters that befall. This method also includes one way to eliminate sadness according to Islam, and mentioned in Surah Al-Baqarah verse 112 :

Yes [on the contrary], whoever submits his face in Islam to God while being a doer of good will have his reward with his Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.

7. There Will Be a Solution

To reduce prolonged depression can also be overcome by believing in what is expressed in one verse in the Quran which reads  By believing this is not just depression that can be overcome but also can be one way of success according to Islam that must be applied. This is contain in Surah Ash-Sharh (or Al-Inshirah) verse 5 and 6.

For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.

8. Consumed the Fresh Water

When we are in unstable mood, our friends or relative usually give us a mineral water to drink. It is not without the goal; it is just to make us more calm and steady. This is mentioned in Hadith from Muslims, which is said that the Water can calm or soothing the feelings and the Prophet also recommends when in anger to take a wudhu water and cooling the body.

9. Maintain Health

Islam strongly advocates and considers human health. Thus, it is highly recommended for every human being to take care of every health. Exercise is one of the best ways to keep the body in good health so that it will avoid depression. In addition, by maintaining health as consuming healthy and nutritious foods will also make the body not easily tired and lead to depression. Furthermore, Islam also ordered to consume halal food and also nutritious.

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Tips to Cure Depression

  • Embrace the Positive Energy
  • Be Sincere
  • Having Fun
  • Traveling
  • Be Lonely
  • Find a Help (Whether is Psychiatric or People that you can trust).
  • Keep Yourself (from temptation of drugs or, even worse, self-harming or committed suicide).
  • Make Yourself Busy (with positive things or doing some hobby).
  • Help Each Other (it is effective to make you forget your problem or depression).
  • Find the Causes (if the causes is not in what we mention prior).
  • Think Clearly
  • Calm Your Self
  • Visiting the Assembly of Knowledge in Mosque
  • Get Some Rest (in some case, it causes depression).
  • Listening the Music (slow music is highly recommended).

That was the effective ways to cure your depression. Believe it that every problem has a solution. Pray it to Allah swt and be assured that Allah will help His people. We hope this article can help you to overcome the depression and or to help your relative who was depressed.

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