by Amina Edota

From headlines to deadlines, peer pressure to school pressure, and technology trouble to family troubles, the youth are constantly dealing with stress from different situations.

We all experience stress from time to time, and it is good to remember that stress is simply the body’s way of responding to the changes in life. Yet whether these changes are positive or negative, the resulting stress can still bring about feelings that can affect your state of mind, body, and even health.

You can seek relief through great remedies infused in reminders from the Qur’an and hadith, accepting that these changes are trials for you.

We test you by good and by evil as a trial. [Quran, 21:35]

7 Long Lasting Remedies 

1. Call on Allah

Whatever you are going through, no matter how enormous or flimsy the situation may seem, turn to your Lord. Complain to Allah (swt) first and foremost. He created you and He knows what is best for you, and He has asked you to call on Him.

Isn’t that a big help? Knowing that relief is only a short request away, you really have no excuse not to ask. When you turn to Him, He will relieve you of the stress and fill your heart with faith and contentment. He will guide you to the best form of action to take. Your Lord has said: Call on Me: I will respond to you. [Quran, 40:61]

2. Dhikr— Allah [Remembrance]

You can survive through any stress storm, when you keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah. Engage in it with full presence of mind while pondering on the meanings. The hearts of those who believe find rest in the remembrance of Allah. Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. [Quran, 13:28]

Constant remembrance is a great means of reflecting about Allah’s Oneness and His unique attributes. This act will engulf you with inner peace in today’s fast paced world. One of such profound words of remembrance as captured in a narration states, Whoever says: ‘ Allah is sufficient for me, none has the right to be worshipped except Him, upon Him I rely and He is Lord of the Exalted throne.’ (Whoever says it) seven times in the morning and in the evening, Allah will take care of whatever worries him/her of the matters of this world and the hereafter. [Abu Dawood]

3. Reciting, Reflecting and Listening to the Qur’an

The words of the Qur’an bring comfort and solace, through the verses contained within. Knowing that it is speech of Allah (swt) and a promise to the believers, you should eagerly run to it in times of stress as well as for regular reflections when seeking a deeper connection with your fashioner.

Reciting the Qur’an is an act of worship, yet beyond that you must remember it is a manual for your everyday challenges. Reflecting on its meaning brings about a greater connection with its message and listening to the great words can move you beyond speech, creating a yearning for Allah (swt) and His pleasure.

This is the Book (the Qur’an), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqun [the pious and righteous].[Quran. 2:2]

4. Gratitude

If you are reading this article, then you have a lot to be thankful for. Your life, your sight, intellect, ability to read, internet connection, laptop/tablet/mobile, and many more blessings. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinn and men) deny? [Quran, 55:67]

Everything is from Allah (swt) and He Blesses us out of His mercy. Whatever He gives you, take it as a trust and use it wisely. And what may seem like a loss or withholding could actually be for the best. It is only when you are grateful that you will find contentment in every situation. Think about this for a minute – what do you really own that comes only as a result of your knowledge and effort? Is it your health, wealth, career or family?

If you remember that your wealth and your children are only a trial from Allah (swt) [Quran, 64;15], you will seek the everlasting reward from Him instead— Paradise. And you won’t worry too much over temporary inconveniences.

(to be continued)

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