Are There Any Duas to Recite for Anxiety and Depression?

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Question:

Are there any Duas to recite for anxiety and depression?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh

What is the cause of the anxiety and depression? It is important to treat the cause. Duas alone are not sufficient to overcome anxiety and depression. We are living in a world of cause and effect and in the world of means. To diagnose a problem and adopt means for cure is the teaching of Shariah.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and the Sahaabah RadiyAllahu Anhum faced various challenges in their lives. They attempted to identify the cause of the problems and adopted means to remedy the problems. Yes, they took strength and courage through Salaah and Duas. At times our own actions lead us to anxiety and depression. The remedy is then simple… Self-reformation.

In such a situation ones can make any amount of Dua and Zikr, his wrong deeds will still drown him in grief and depression. This life is filled with challenges and adversities. It is natural to feel anxious and experience grief. The best solution for such feelings is to remind ourselves that we are Muslims and we are sent in this world to be tested.

A feeling of anxiety is actually a test from Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala wants to see our reaction. We are caught between the order of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and our Nafs. To control ones Nafs at this time and remind ourselves of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala’s test is what Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala wants from us. It is then, that Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala’s help will come. It is the Barakah of such submission, Duas and Zikr that Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala will guide one to the road of relief and comfort. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala tells us:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ
Translation: Oh you who believe! Seek assistance through patience and Salaah. Indeed Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala with those who are the patient ones. [Baqarah 2:153]

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam advised us the following Dua for grief and depression:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ غَلَبَةِ الدَّيْنِ وَقَهْرِ الرِّجَالِ
Translation: Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from worry and grief, I seek refuge in You from incompetence and laziness, I seek refuge in You from cowardice and miserliness, and I seek in You from being overcome by debt and from being overpowered by (other) men.[1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Mahmood | darulmahmood.net

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[1]
سنن أبي داود (2/ 93)
حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ عُبَيْدِ الْغُدَانِيُّ، أَخْبَرَنَا غَسَّانُ بْنُ عَوْفٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا الْجُرَيْرِيُّ، عَنْ أَبِي نَضْرَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ، قَالَ: دَخَلَ رَسُولُ صَلَّى عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ذَاتَ يَوْمٍ الْمَسْجِدَ، فَإِذَا هُوَ بِرَجُلٍ مِنَ الْأَنْصَارِ، يُقَالُ لَهُ: أَبُو أُمَامَةَ، فَقَالَ: «يَا أُمَامَةَ، مَا لِي أَرَاكَ جَالِسًا فِي الْمَسْجِدِ فِي غَيْرِ وَقْتِ الصَّلَاةِ؟»، قَالَ: هُمُومٌ لَزِمَتْنِي، وَدُيُونٌ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ، قَالَ: «أَفَلَا أُعَلِّمُكَ كَلَامًا إِذَا أَنْتَ قُلْتَهُ أَذْهَبَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ هَمَّكَ، وَقَضَى عَنْكَ دَيْنَكَ؟»، قَالَ: قُلْتُ: بَلَى، يَا رَسُولَ، قَالَ: ” قُلْ إِذَا أَصْبَحْتَ، وَإِذَا أَمْسَيْتَ: اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ غَلَبَةِ الدَّيْنِ، وَقَهْرِ الرِّجَالِ “، قَالَ: فَفَعَلْتُ ذَلِكَ، فَأَذْهَبَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ هَمِّي، وَقَضَى عَنِّي دَيْنِي