The Quranic Antidepressant


by Raiiq Ridwan

Tough times come in the life of every human being, young or old, rich or poor, king or slave. And tough times, more often than not, make us who we are.

In fact, tough times (and learning to deal with them) help our true nature emerge. For example, during bad times a really “nice” person might show complete impatience and displeasure at the will of Allah (swt), whereas a not-so-nice person might actually turn towards Allah in times of need, bringing about a change in his life that puts him among the pious.

The Way Out of Depression

In recent times depression and sadness have been rife in the Earth. We have more than ever before but we’re more depressed than ever before. Anti-depressants are fast becoming the most prescribed drug, suicide is high, and morality has gone to an all-time low. The Messenger used to say, The best speech is the speech of Allah, and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad.

Surah Duha

A man who is depressed, sad, or grieving requires the nurturing and caring of a well-wishing soul more than he needs the pill that alleviates his symptoms for a little while. Who better to speak to you to calm you down than Allah (swt)? And which better way but the way of the messenger? No human being suffered more than him, and it was at one of the saddest points of Mohamed’s life that Allah (swt) revealed Surah Duha.

The Messenger has just started giving the message to his people who were mocking and making fun of him. At that time revelation stopped for six months and their mockery and slandering just increased as they said things like, “No revelation today? Your Lord surely hates you now!”

Wake Up and See the Sunshine

So often do we not feel that Allah (swt) really hates us? He must hate us for all the pain we get, right? No— the answer comes!

By the morning brightness! [Quran, 93:1]

Your life was all hustle and bustle like the morning brightness! It was bright and sunny before, and don’t worry, it still is today! Wake up, look at the sunshine, look at life around you— it’s not all doom and gloom.

And by the night when it grows still . . . [Quran, 93:2]

Yes, a depressed life is like the stillness of the night; nothing moves, nothing seems to be going forward. But what comes after the stillness of the night? The bright morning! It was a bright morning only hours earlier, and another bright morning is coming! Its okay, don’t worry, good times are ahead. Get some sleep.

Allah (swt) Loves You and Has not Deserted You

Your Master has not said goodbye to you nor does He hate! [Quran, 93:3]

Your Master has not even said goodbye, so don’t worry! Wadda’a in Arabic is a loving goodbye. Your Master has not even lovingly said goodbye to you and doesn’t “hate.” Still not impressed? Look at how Allah (swt) gives you evidence that He doesn’t hate you or that He hasn’t said goodbye to you.

Things Will Get Better!

And the future will be better for you than the past. [Quran, 93:4]

Look forward. After bad times come good, and after pain comes ease. And if not, then the believer knows that after death comes paradise. Yes, it’s painful, but hold on, the future will be better!

Your Master will give you so much that you will be pleased. [Quran, 93:5]

Don’t worry, be patient. A time is coming that Allah will give you so much that you will be pleased. For many of us in this world, if not then at least in the hereafter in sha Allah! Imagine all that you wanted. Your wildest dreams that you know will never come true, Allah will make them all come true in paradise. You still need proof right?

Remember What He’s Already Saved You From

Did he not find you an orphan and shelter you? [Quran, 93:6]

Many of you were orphaned once upon a time, either you lost your father or both father and mother. But didn’t Allah help you out of it? Aren’t you better now? What about us with both parents? Were we not helpless and small babies, and didn’t Allah give us parents as a shelter? Or maybe uncles and aunties? Or brothers and sisters? Did Allah not give us a shelter?

And He found you lost(or searching) and guided you. [Quran, 93:7]

Were we not lost and wandering in the ocean of misguidance once and Allah guided us? Were we not searching for happiness everywhere (some of us still might be) whereas it was in the guidance of Allah? Ask Allah (swt) to guide you through man. Look what He did for you before, is He really going to forsake and bid you goodbye?

Remember His Generousity to You

And He found you in need and satisfied your need? [Quran, 93:8]

How many a times have we needed something and it was satisfied by Allah (swt)? We needed parents to take care of us and Allah (swt) gave that to us. We needed food and Allah created the world in such a way that we can extract food. We needed help and Allah (swt)created someone to help us. We needed and He satisfied? Are you yet not convinced that Allah (swt) is going to help? If you are, now time to take action. What do you do?

So do not be harsh with the orphan. And do not turn away the one who asks for help. [Quran, 93: 9]

In short, get active in the community. Help those who are in a worse condition than you are. That will humble your heart, take your mind off your own problems as you focus on others’. It will make you a stronger man and you will also be reminded of the bounties of God in your life and you will thus be grateful. Did I say grateful?

Talk About the Blessings of Your Master

Any of those people writing books on “being happy” or on “positive thinking” will tell you to look at the good side of life. This is exactly what Allah (swt) prescribes, just that He did 1400 years before today in the Quran and also in previous scriptures. Talk about the blessings Allah (swt) has given you. You’ve whined and complained enough. Now talk about how much He’s given you and thank Him for it. When was the last time we thanked Him for our eyes? For good skin? For not having a stomach ulcer? For the immune system?

Talk about the blessings of your Master— therein is peace.



  1. Mohammed Farid August 14, 2013 Reply

    MashaAllah very good article. It makes me feel good now. Alhamdulillah for everything.

  2. M.Yousaf Malik August 14, 2013 Reply

    MASHALLAH,very nice article,true guidance,very beneficial.In short “JAZAK ALLAH KHAIR”

  3. Vanessa August 14, 2013 Reply

    subhan allah! What a wonderful article, in a world where we have everything we could want, people are still finding things to be unhappy about. What a beautiful reminder to stay in touch with Allah, through Him truly we have everything we could ever need. Jazak allah 🙂

  4. Shirin August 15, 2013 Reply

    Jazak Allah khair. Very inspiring article. May Allah make us, His thankful servants ameen

  5. Hafsah August 15, 2013 Reply

    Thank you very much for this enlightening article. I was really sad yesterday because of a relatively small bad news but now I feel better. I was crying while reading the verses of Surah Duha and the tears wash away my sadness. May Allah Bless us more.

  6. Fatima Chaudhry August 15, 2013 Reply

    Masha Allah a well written article. Never knew that about surah Duha. I really needed to read that today. Jazak Allah u khair. May elevate the ranks of the one who wrote it and everyone who helped in it’s publication.

  7. munirat August 15, 2013 Reply

    Alhamdulillah!!! for the gift of life

  8. Rahat August 15, 2013 Reply

    I normally don’t comment, but I felt compelled to do so.

    This is a very beautiful article. I hope that this post spreads so that we could all gain benefit from it.

  9. Suhail August 16, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for the words.

  10. Anwar Chowdhury August 16, 2013 Reply

    A strong conviction to oneness of Allah(SWT) eliminate all kind of grief and sadness. Allah Himself is peace and peace comes from Him. If we understand Quran at least some basic Surah which we regularly recite in our daily prayer(Saalat), reflect in Saalat, firm conviction and act upon it in day to day live; I believe there would be no depression. For example, in Suratul Fatiha, we recite 17 times a day that “You only we worship and You only we ask for help.”. This Ayat(verse) prevent us worshiping self desire, prevent worshiping of own Nafs, prevent worshiping Shaitan; and ultimate help comes from Allah. Also, Suratul Al-Baqara verse 155 is the perfect example of releiving pain, sadness and loss if a person believe in Qadar(fate) and be patience at all times.

  11. Imran August 22, 2013 Reply

    A very beautiful article indeed. A complete formula for getting rid of any kind of anxiety and depression and preparing yourself to fight against it. Jazakallah o Khair

  12. saleem f khan October 31, 2014 Reply

    jazak allaah khair for making me realise that iam being ungrateful to allaah swt many times may allaah forgive me and all us ameen and make more pious persons and follow our master prophet mohamed pbuh.

  13. YAQOOB November 1, 2014 Reply

    Subhan Allah,Allah (swt)is Great.

  14. murtaza November 4, 2014 Reply

    Ya Allah make us remember this concept whenever we are in bad situations.

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