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With all the talk of stigma in my article published in August and the feedback from the brothers and sisters who read it, it got me thinking of practical ways to address this as well as the mental health issues that are referred to when we talk about stigma.

We all run from mental health because of the connotations that it has. Typically when we think of mental health, we think of the more extreme symptoms; delusions, hearing voices and a complete lack of contact with reality. But what about the more common ‘everyday’ symptoms; those that I can almost guarantee that everyone reading this has gone through at some point in their life? We all get stressed at times; it’s part of life, part of Allah’s test and in fact, it is said that Allah tests those he loves most

It was narrated by Abu Huraira  that God’s Messenger sawsaid:

“If God wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.” 1

The more you are tested that more you are loved by Allah SWT, partly because it expiates your sins

The Prophet saw said:

“There is nothing that befalls a believer, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allah will record one good deed for him and will remove one bad deed from him.” 2

Let’s face it. We’ve all sinned at some point in our lives, so it would be a mercy from Allah SWT to experience something that will ultimately expiate our bad deeds. Hence, to go through stress and trial is nothing to be frowned upon because this is Allah’s Mercy. If only people could view the trials of mental health in this way, then maybe we would have a much better opinion of those going through mental health problems, because AllahSWT loves them and is erasing their sins for what they are enduring.

The beauty of Islam however, is that the Quran and Sunnah equip us with all that we need to be able to cope with such difficult situations and, insha Allah, I will highlight some in this article. I also came to realise that in accepting that we all go through some form of mental health problems at some point in our lives (yes, stress is a mental health problem, and yes, you most likely have experienced it at some point in your life, so yes, you have, at some point have had some experience, however small, of what it’s like to have a mental health problem. If you are one to stigmatize about mental health, then you might even feel insulted by this comment, but if you are able to accept the teaching in Islam regarding mental health, e.g. expiation of sins, then you will feel blessed), reflecting on those times will help you to empathize at least a little with people who are going through more extreme stress and this will ultimately help with acceptance of people with mental health problems because you have some insight of what it’s like to walk in their shoes.

On a different note, you might also then think about how much worse many others have it. Look at our brothers and sisters in Gaza, or in other war torn parts of the world such as Syria, etc., and the stress they go through; forced into being part of a war but unable to escape. The Prophet saw advised us to look to those who are worse off and this really helps us to appreciate the blessings in our life.

‘Contemplate those who have less than you and not those who have more than you, lest you belittle the favors of Allah conferred upon you’.  3

So, whilst you might have been stressed, there is more than likely someone else out there who is going through more stress than you are and you can be grateful that Allah SWT spared you from such stress. In fact, what you are going through is relatively minor. That said, this is no excuse to play down the experience of stress, however big or small. We all need to know how to cope with it and Islam has the solutions to this.

The first point is that we need to be active in stress management. Whilst Allah SWTis in control of everything and will be the one to alleviate our stress, this does not mean we should sit back and wait for that to happen. We need to actively seek ways to manage our stress.

“Verily Allah does not change men’s condition unless they change their inner selves” (Ar-Rad, 13: 11)

This is all very well saying that we should manage our stress, but how can we do this? Blog Post-Inside poster-Stress management

Keeping in mind that Allah SWT is in control, what we can do is to control what we can, that is, our response to the stressful situation. It is well known in psychological literature that lack of control can be a cause of distress, so by controlling what you can gives some sense of empowerment and feelings of positivity. As Muslims, this should be relatively easy. Keeping on top of our obligatory duties and offering voluntary ones  will bring us a sense of peace and relaxation.

“… without doubt in the remembrance (Zikr) of Allah do hearts find tranquility” (Ar-Rad, 13:28)

Medical literature supports the benefits of this with findings that praying and listening to the Qur’an have positive physiological effects in terms of reduced heart rate and blood pressure which are typical symptoms of a reduced level of arousal or stress.

“When prayer uplifts or calms, it inhibits cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine – hormones that flow out of the adrenal glands in response to stress. These fight-or-flight chemicals, released over time, can compromise the immune system, upping the odds of developing any number of illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, peptic ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disorder (IBS).” (Koenig)

In fact, these findings have also been reproduced in non-Muslims also (El Kadi).

“O mankind! There has come to you a direction from you Lord, and a healing for (the disease in your) heart, and for those who believe a guidance, and mercy” (Yunus, 10:57)

All the Prophets also went through times of great stress and through such times they always remembered AllahSWT and found peace in remembering HimSWT. A practice also followed by our beloved Prophet saw .

“The Prophet once said that in prayer, he would find rest and relief (Nasai). He would also regularly ask for God’s forgiveness and remain in prostration during prayer praising God (Tasbeeh) and asking for His forgiveness”  4

Prophet Muhammad saw also advised his followers to make specific du’a during stressful times, such as: 

“Allah is sufficient for us, and He is an excellent guardian, and we repose our trust in Allah.”

“Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return. O Allah, I beseech you for the reward of my hardship. Reward me, and compensate me for it with something good.”

A part of the beauty of Islam in this respect is that we are prescribed prayer 5 times daily. So, for 5 times a day, we are obliged to abandon our worldly affairs and the stresses that accompany it and seek solace and peace with AllahSWT in prayer.

Often, we can get too caught up in our busy lives to really take a step back and wonder at Allah’s creation. Taking some time out to really pay attention to what’s around us can have this incredibly relaxing effect. Notice the beauty in Allah’s creation, from the leaves on a tree, the beautiful blossoming flower, the tweeting bird, the sky at night or a beautiful sunset. All of this was created by Allah SWTand is under His control. Allahu Akbar! Be grateful that He gave you the opportunity to view such wonderful things. Just 5 minutes a day is enough to marvel at the creation; it can be incredibly relaxing, especially at the end of a hard day!

These are all very simple, and perhaps obvious stress management techniques, but sometimes, we just need to put these things into perspective and see the positives in our daily stressors and remember the benefits of using Islamic techniques to manage them. These are just a handful, but insha’Allah,  next time I will get the chance to offer some more stress management tips. 

I will be giving a FREE webinar on stress management in early January (date to be confirmed). If you are interested in attending, please leave your email via the following link and I will get back to you with a link closer to the time, insha’Allah.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1P7FthSXstCGC2mkcAdo337QF2RUQ3njqBlbau24XldA/viewform?usp=send_form

I would love your feedback so I can prepare more tips based on that 🙂 

  1.  Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 70, Number 548
  2.  Narrated by Muslim
  3.  Sahîh Bukhari
  4.  Bukhari

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  1. oreodove111@gmail.com'
    Dr. Kunza

    Great to read such comforting words. Even greater was to read ur introduction in the end. I am so pleased.mashAllah MashAllah…
    i myself am going through hard time.. Alhamdulillah Allah gives us so many conforts by saying “His rehmah is more than His wrath”.as in Quran ,every problem that comes our way is a result of what our hands sent forward; means what we earned and yet again Allah does not desert us and He says : “with every Difficulty there is Ease”. and He says: your Rub has not forsaken you.and He will give you that you will be pleased”. I pray to Allah He heals the scarred hearts brought about by our own deeds. Ameen. Nice commenting here 🙂

    1. kohin1983@gmail.com'
      Kohinur Akter

      Assalamu alaikum. JazakaAllahu Khairan for this informative post. I want to know the last two advice in arabic version narrated by Prophet Muhammmad. It would be great to know, then I can practice it in my dua’s.

    2. Parvizgull@gmail.com'
      Zahoor

      Aslamu alikum wa rehmatualla
      Thanks a lot sister to work for the sake of Allah May Allah swt give you more n more strength and knowledge to serve the humanity….

  2. abdulwrite@gmail.com'
    Abdul Hakim T

    Alhamdhulilah!. .. “… without doubt in the remembrance (Zikr) of Allah do hearts find tranquility” (Quran 13:28)

    Good one keep going…

  3. sahera.jamal@gmail.com'
    Sahera

    Marsha Alla!!…great to learn about you thru your introduction.

    All of us face stressful situations in our lives, and handling them with ease is certainly a big challenge. Reciting or listening to holy Quran, and salat are best strategies. But does a woman handle such situations in times when she is not ineligible to read/listen to Quran or offer salat? Kindly advise.

    Jazakallah Khairan for that wonderful article.

  4. sahera.jamal@gmail.com'
    Sahera

    Sorry…Errors in my question in my comment.

    ‘But how does a woman handle such situations in times when she is not eligible to read /listen to the Quran or offer salat? Kindly advise.

    1. activemindcare@Gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your comments. Indeed, handling stress can be such a huge challenge, but is very important and this is why I am trying to offer these tips to try and make it easier, insha Allah.

      As for what a woman can do during times when they are unable to make Salat or read the Qur’an, there are a number of other things that she can do that are permissable during this time. She can listen to the Qur’an, read the tafsir or seek Islamic knowledge. She can also make Dhikr and Du’a. Insha Allah by doing such things we can maintain a strong link with our Creater and receive comfort in these alternative means of worship. I hope this helps.

  5. drfiazfazili@gmail.com'

    Getting through difficult times -what are lessons from Quran and sunnah;human beings are born weak- susceptible to pressures,sadness, frustrations ..need strong bnase of know;edge ,faith to overcome the tremors ;Trials and tribulations is part of this earthly life, and no nation or an individual can escape from them when Allah the Almighty tests by afflictions, whoever He wishes of His servants, with whatever He wishes, whenever He wishes and however He wishes.
    A person’s life in this world is never uniform, periods of happiness and dismay, strength and weakness, wealth and poverty, health and sickness etc fluctuate.
    An immediate depressed (sad) mood is a normal reaction to disappointments or losses, as sons of Adam are born weak.
    Many of us think , “these afflictions”, “Why Me”? So time to hold your soul to account, review your slate; zakat ,sadaqas, prayers, fasting,mistakes , etc.Satan can whisper in anyone’s soul-can inject fear and initiate t doubts in our hearts and minds when he or she sees surroundings,people happy in worldly life,enjoying . This is a sign of man’s weakness and his need for his Lord, and shows that he cannot succeed unless he realizes his need for his Lord and starts beseeching Him. When problems start afflicting any one of us, he is expected to, “seek aid in patience and prayer”, and “those who are patient will be given their reward in full, beyond reckoning.” (Quran)
    The ignorant person due to lack of Imaan(faith) finds himself in misery, fear and grief and helplessness. He or she forgets Allah has decreed these matters to occur and the decisions are His, and His alone.
    One can never feel completely at ease unless he has firm belief that whatever has afflicted him was already pre ordained.
    ” No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in the book of decree – before We bring it into existence“(Quran 57;22).And Allah (S) says (which means);
    ” Certainly, We shall test you with fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits; but give glad tidings to the patient – those who, when afflicted with calamity say,
    “Truly to Allah we belong, and truly to Him shall we return.” it is those who will be awarded blessings and mercy from their Lord; and it is those who are the guided ones.”
    [ Quran 2:155-157 ] i think all my brothers and sisters should read QADAR -PREDESTINATION in detail ..sixth pilllar of our faith and imaan–As part of that belief, we should, therefore, recognize that Allah does what He wills for reasons that are only known to Him. Any attempt to comprehend the wisdom of it all using our limited faculties, or to understand how our current situation fits in His overall plan can only lead us to erroneous conclusions resulting in increased frustrations .

    We, as Muslims, should accept Allah’s Decree both as it manifests itself around us and in our lives. Worship at times of hardship and tribulation has a special flavour and a special reward. insha allah-Allaah will not leave the believers in the state in which you are now, until He distinguishes the wicked from the good”:[Aal ‘Imraan 3:179]

    1. activemindcare@Gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Masha Allah, some really useful comments you have made to compliment the topic. May Allah make it easier for our brothers and sisters to find comfort and ease in the belief in Qadar. Amin.

  6. el.muzhaffar@gmail.com'
    Dhian

    “If God wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials”. This is so true. I’ve managed to contemplate and realized that Allah is teaching me, in a sense of guiding me to understand little by little. Since I’m such a stubborn creature, Allah keeps putting me into troubles, some are so frustrating and others may look easy, but my reactions are mostly in form of anger instead of sadness. Now it is a bit easier for me to stop myself and say, “Dhian, Allah wanted this to happen, it will expiate your sins”. All I can say is Alhamdulillaah…. I hope I will always remember this, because there are times I do forget.

    1. activemindcare@Gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your comments. I think we probably all go through the same during trial and certainly in the immediate moment might find ourselves saying ‘what could the benefit in this possibly be?!’ and that particular Hadith is a particularly useful one during such moments. May we always keep such thoughts in mind when facing hard times. Amin

  7. mhabib@greenhead.ac.uk'
    Habib

    JazakAllahu khairan – please could you share the Arabic version of the dua given –
    “Allah is sufficient for us, and He is an excellent guardian, and we repose our trust in Allah.”
    “Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return. O Allah, I beseech you for the reward of my hardship. Reward me, and compensate me for it with something good.”

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      jazakallahu khair for commenting. Unfortunately i have been unable to find the Arabic version of this particular du’a, but i have the Arabic versions of some other similar du’a that the Prophet (SAW) used in distressful times.

      اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَا أَنْتَ (O Allah, it is Your mercy that I hope for, so do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for a blink of an eye, and rectify for me all of my affairs. None has the right to be worshiped except You)

      اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْهَمِّ وَالْحُزْنِ وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ (O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being overpowered by men)

  8. thaslema9226@gmail.com'
    Thaslema

    Masha Allah I am so glad to know about you sister thru your intro.. Jazakallahu khairan khaseera for this wonderful article..all these days whenever I get stress I do dhikr and recite Qur’an but in the recent past I felt no tranquility I don’t know how to tackle it how to overcome it.l just prayed to Allah SWT ..alhamdhulillah now I feel up and I know its not going to be the same r permanent but I got a deep thought from your article..

    1. Activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your comments dear sister. Sorry to read that you are having a tough time, but im glad my article has got you thinking. It can be really difficult when you try to overcome your difficulties but it doesn’t seem to be working, but the most important thing is to be patient with your du’a. Masha Allah sister, you are trying and this is very admirable. Patience is the most difficult thing but Allah is with the patient sister so keep on doing what you’re doing and insha Allah He will answer your prayers.

  9. Amera99@msn.com'

    Jazakallah for for such a comprehensive article on stress. I keep doing these Dumas and Dikr during my chronic illness but sometimes you loose sight of their benefits. Reading the article reminded me of their power.
    However when a person does not have the patience of Prophet Ayub and the illness has prolonged so much , and the person is losing strength in being steadfast but not loosing iman. What are your suggestions to regain your strength.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your kind comments. Living with a chronic illness is not easy, may Allah make things easier for you to bear your illness with sabr sister. I too have a chronic illness so can empathise with how you are feeling. Personally, something i always find useful when i find myself feeling sorry for myself is to remind myself that whilst things can get really bad at times, there is always someone out there who is going through so much worse, so how can i complain? I pray that Allah will bring you ease in your illness

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  11. jetrai88@yahoo.com'
    Raiza

    MashaAllah
    Thank you sister. Im having a rough time and this really helps and thank u for the reminder as well. May Allah subhanahu wa taala continue to send you His barakah! Ameen 🙂

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your lovely comments and amin to your du’a. Im pleased that this article has helped you in some way, may Allah make it easier for you, amin.

  12. fnikuze3094@gmail.com'
    Falida

    very interesting article. I am currently have stress but maashAllah thought this difficult time this Allah’s words can’t leave in my mind…” Trust Allah, if you are truly believers” …”and Allah is The Forgiving, Full of Merci”…after hardship comes easy.
    Jazak Allah Khairn .

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      jazakallahu khair for your comments. Im pleased to read that you are finding comfort and ease in the words of Allah. May Allah continue to bring you comfort in His words.

  13. bhongromerojr@gmail.com'

    Assalamu Alayukum
    Warahmatullahi
    Wabarakhatu

    Jazak Allahu Khairan
    For this wonderful article.
    May we all benefits from this one.
    In Shaa Allah

    We are all coiming to a point where in the feeling if “ending” is at hand.
    Because of the burdens we upholds in such event in our lives makes us “stressed” and “lose confidents”.
    But thru Duah we can face it with ease. Because Allah (SWT) gave this trials for us not to surrender, but to face it with Allah’s (SWT) guidance.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your lovely comments and contributions to this important topic, may Allah continue to help us all face the trial of stress under Allah’s guidance.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      jazakallahu khair for the comment, yes, there are many things that can be done to relieve stress and this is why i plan to cover more in my next article insha Allah

  14. suzan.jav@gmail.com'
    Javeria Ýasmeen Anjum

    Assalam-o-alaikum sister. It’s a wonderful article. And I would say it definitely helps alot in practical life. I want to have a detailed conversation with you regarding extreme stress/depression symptoms and overcoming them. Can you help me out please. I would be grateful to you. (It would be more easier for me if the conversation is private)

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuh, jazakallahu kahir for your kind comments. Im pleased to read that you find these reminders helpful and i pray that Allah will make it is for you to implement them and that you will be able to manage your symptoms with greater ease. If you would like a more detailed conversation in private, do please contact the counseling services at IOU. May Allah make things easy for you sister

  15. mohammadsohail66@yahoo.com'
    Sohail

    MASHA ALLAH. Great job.We in the current state of Muslim living hood need such kind of guidence to overcome depression and stress.
    JAZAK ALLAH Sister Hannah and Brother Dr Fiaz.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your comments. Indeed, with the current state of the world and the many difficulties people are facing right now i think we are all in need in some kind of guidance to manage stress during such difficult times. May Allah make it easy for us all.

  16. ibrahimibrahimjnr@gmail.com'
    IBRAHIM Ibrahim Junior

    Assalamu’alaykum! Thank you a great deal for your contributions and we pray ALLAAH increase you in useful knowledge. As a Muslim, though with no in depth Islamic knowledge, but from what we read from other Islamic scholars like Dr Zakir insha’Allah means to create Allah instead of the normal if Allah will. Please note, it is written as in sha Allah, with hope and due respect we shall take correct this in’sha’Allaah. Thank you once again and may ALLAAH continue to uplift Islam and the Muslims. Best regards!

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakahtuh, amin to your du’a and jazakallahu khair for your comments. We certainly are in need of some uplifting during these current times and i think we just need to keep these Islamic teachings and practices consistently in mind and insha Allah we are all capable of managing stress by the Grace of Allah. By learning from Islamic scholars like you say, insha Allah we can become more knowledgeable in Islam and we will better able to practice what we learn in the correct manner. May Allah increase us all in knowledge.

  17. Ahamisi01@yahoo.com'
    Ahamisi

    Mashallah, this was great.may Allah continue to bless you and continue giving you the courage and the wisdom in supporting and advising the whole umma in thsee trail times insha Allah.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for such kind comments and amin to your du’a. By Allah’s will i will continue to write articles to do this and look forward to doing so.

  18. fatimaiqbal1@gmail.com'
    Fatima Iqbal

    Assalam o Alaikum!
    MashALLAH Great brother…..No doubt Quran z cure for allllll problems nd this article guides us towards movings from discomfort 2 comfort in the light of Holy Quran nd Ahadees…..May ALLAH Bless u with great Reward 4 this benificail effort….Keep it up nd waiting more articles from your end. 🙂 jazakALLAH!

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Wa alaikum salaam wa rahamatulahi wa barakatuh. Amin, jazakallahu khair for your comments and du’a. I look forward to publishing more articles on the topic, insha Allah. May we continue to find cure for our stressand troubles in the Qur’an.

  19. khanbilal281982@gmail.com'
    Bilal

    Salam,

    MASHALLAH it’s a blessing and an honor to have scholars such as you discussing the real issues in our society. I think we all struggle with these issues day to day but sometimes feel whatever sin we commit is a result of the depression, so you feel unworthy of the Almighty and most Mercifully Allah. Personally feel that if I did not have Allah I would have found it impossible to live a normal life. Thank you for your knowledge may Allah bless you and your family.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your lovely comments and amin to your du’a. May Allah continue to increase us all in knowledge and make it easy for us to implement what we learn for the betterment of our lives by the Mercy of Allah

  20. Himayun19@Gmail.com'
    Himayun

    Really these words comforts my heart. And I such a short period of time you have learnt so much about Islam that I personally being a Muslim by birth could not achieve. Really you are blessed. May Allah bless you with more knowledge inshallah.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakaalhu khair for such kind comments. May we all find comfort in our beautiful religion of Islam. Alhamdulilah, that we have all been blessed with the most perfect guidance from Allah

  21. shamillalatifkhan@yahoo.co.uk'
    Sonya

    Salaam my Beautiful sister MashAllah ur Truely very Telented Well Done could u please get in touch with me I am Intrested in ur course Thank u very much May Allah bless u and ur Family sister always inshallah Ameen 🙂 this always helps me to praying to my Allah Ameen

  22. najlanaaji98@gmail.com'
    Shaima Salam

    Maasha Allah!
    Very informative article.I am now undergoing mental distress.I feel very relaxed reading this. May Allah bless you to share more and more knowledge that would be a great treasure for all of us in the life here after.Jazakkallaahu khair😊

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your kind comments and amin to your du’a. Alhamdulilah, im happy to read that you felt relaxed after reading my article, may Allah continue to bring you comfort

  23. hayaa.samirun@gmail.com'
    hasbunallahu wa ni'mal wakeel (allah is sufficient for us and he is the best disposer of all affairs) 2) and the second one arabic is innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raajioon(to him we belong and to him we shall return) ..jazakumullah khairan kaseerah for the

    hasbunallahu wa ni’mal wakeel (allah is sufficient for us and he is the best disposer of all affairs) 2) and the second one arabic is innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raajioon(to him we belong and to him we shall return) ..jazakumullah khairan kaseerah for the article

  24. Salama31@hotmail.com'
    Abdizalaam

    JazakaAllah khier! Your approach to stress management in this article is more logical to understand relative to other man-made theories made by social philosophers and psychologist alike. Why? Because your theory is based on heavenly revealed knowledge! The quran and Sunnah.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Wa iyakum, Jazakallahu khair for commenting. This is so true. The solution to all our troubles is held in the Qur’an and Sunnah, Alhamdulilah, and we just need some assistance in recognising and implementing this sometimes and im pleased that this article has helped to make it clearer in some way

  25. mmdwn@yahoo.co.uk'
    Mamoudou

    Mashaa’ALLAH I feel much better after reading your article sister! It’s so comforting as it if it addressed to me in regards to the problems I am going through right now.
    May ALLAH reward better reward in this world and the Hereafter

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Amin. Jazakallahu khair for your lovely comments. Im pleased that reading the article brought you some comfort. May Allah continue to make things easier for you in managing your difficulties.

  26. hajiabdlai@gmail.com'
    Abdullahi

    indeed trials is the source of our happiness if we live with it according to the teaching of holy Quran. l have learnt a lot. Thank you all.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for commenting. Im glad that you feel that you have learnt something. If we keep the teaching of Islam in mind then despite any hardship it is always possible to find some benefit, however small, in having faced such trials.

  27. zilefatima13@yahoo.com'
    Fatima Naeem

    JazakAllah for this beautiful article..i prayed to Allah for guidance at this time of stress and He brings me here. Truly a wonderful feeling. May Allah bless you infinitely.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Wa iyakum. Ain to your du’a. Alhamdulilah, it is so pleasing to read that Allah is answering your prayers, may He continue to answer them and bring you ease sister.

  28. hamadsalahuddin@gmail.com'
    hamad

    Assalamualiakum.
    Mashallah very nice Article. It is the one I need these days. I m exactly passing through such a phase.
    This article has given me a good level of confidence.
    Due to a stress I have been silent a lot. My mother is also much worried on my condition. My social life is empty. I cannt focus on my work as I used to be more productive. I think about the problem all the time. Due to this I have been experiencing lack of will power.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuh. Jazakallahu khair for commenting. Sorry to read that you are facing some difficulties at the moment and im glad that you feel that my article has given you a boost in confidence in facing your difficulties. May Allah continue to help and guide you through these trials brother

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair. Alhamdulilah, im so happy to share the wisdom of Allah in helping people who are facing difficulties. I look forward to continuing to share more, insha Allah

  29. shashakeel@yahoo.com'
    shakeel

    Mashallah, yes when we think for creation its a remedy of stress management, if we dont get something what we want in this world but surely in akhira..

  30. Zela@hotmail.nl'
    Zoleikha

    Massa’Allah this is a very good article! I would like to read more of this kind articles. I’m also going trough a hard time and I’m trying to be patient. May Allah bless you Insallah. I’m from Holland

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair and amin to your du’a. Insha Allah i will submit some more articles addressing such issues. May Allah continue to give you sabr in facing your difficulties dear sister.

  31. liridona.hasani@hotmail.com'
    Lina

    I know everything is written, Allah knows what trials we will go through, but what about if your husband has cheated on you? You are suffering so much that you just can’t seem to get over it, and it has destroyed your life, even though he has turned to Allah and asked him for forgiveness. Does this also come from Allah? Is this also QADAR?

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Allah tests His servants in so many different ways and forbearing the difficulties that we may face as a result of other’s misdeeds could also be one of them. It is up to us to respond to this in the way prescribed by our Creator and put ourselves forward in the best possible manner despite the difficulties they may have put us through however tricky this might be. Always keep in mind that however hard it is to face such trials with sabr there are always people in worse situations, if not within the relationship but in other situations, facing poverty, for example. Allah blesses each an everyone of us in someway and it for us to realise this and appreciate it, even if it be for something simple that we take for granted such as good health, eyesight, a loving family, food on the table…etc…

  32. shahilmanjani@yahoo.in'
    shahil manjani

    hannah i respect you for d wrk you done and knowledge you spreading for others…i read your article its is helpfull and give sense of happiness….i am to goin from stress and depression…i need help from you .if u can plz il be thankfull to you. i am leaving here my mail id.. plz reply me with a msg .il mail you my problems in details .il be vry thankfull to you. shahilmanjani@yahoo.in .i vill be waiting for your mail

  33. lmorufat@gmail.com'
    Ma'rufah

    Asalam alaykum,
    Love your article. May Allah continue to increase you in knowledge.
    As a mental health specialist, is there a forum or way we can contact you or seek your expertise on some personal mental issues?
    Thank you, I await your response.
    Maasalam.

  34. arafat_diit@yahoo.com'
    Yasir Arafat

    All stress because of less yaqeen on Allah because all time we speak and think about material things. So if you want to release stress please think about the power of Allah. Every thing in the hand of Allah. Allah can change any thing at any time. Speak about the power of Allah. Give dawaa to others then yaqeen will come inside you. More dawaa you will give more yaqeen will come inshaa Allah. Try to seprate yourself 2 or 3 days in month stay in masjid or stay with righteaous people, stay away from sins, do zikr and make dua.

  35. reachbankie@yahoo.co.uk'
    AbuJafar

    MashaAllah sister, your article speaks to the innermost of a man’s soul and knowing Allah will never test us beyond what we can bare, may Allah reward you and grant you ease for your good work and words of inspiration.
    Jazakallahu khair

  36. maishamunir@yahoo.com'
    Aisha

    It’s such a wonderful write up. May Allah SubhanaHu wa Ta’ala help us fine solace in His remembrance (dhikr). Jazakum Allahu khairan

  37. meraj.xl@gmail.com'
    MERAJ AHMAD

    First of All i feel very nice to read this article, after this i am also struggling for a long time, first i am not related to Allah means i am away from salah and Quraan but shortly come close to it and now i m feeling much better then earlier. the problem is this that my Younger brother is suffering from Leukemia and me from submoucus fibrosis. Please pray for me and my family to be better in future. thnxx,, your brother in Islam.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your kind comments brother. Sorry to read that your brother is facing serious health issues right now, may Allah grant him ease and quick recovery free from any suffering. Im pleased to read that you are getting closer to Allah now though, may Allah make it easy for you and your family

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for commenting. Im so pleased that you found my article relaxing. I look forward to sharing more tips in the future insha Allah

  38. zeeshanaliqureshi91@gmail.com'
    Zeeshan Ali

    Masha Allah the article is strong as i am in struggling stage of my life but hope in Allah makes me feel all the time happy Allah blesss us all

  39. insha.tabish@gmail.com'
    insha tabish

    JazakAllah for su h relaxing words…surely if Allah gives you pain he beforhand provides its solution…he is all powerful and mercifu for only he has the power to ease our pains…going through tough times I have realized I am more closer to my lord and this the power of him for he wants his beloved people to get in his company and improve his Aakhirah…may Allah forgive our sins and help us to stand in these hard times holding his rope of imaan…

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Amin, wa iyakum. You have a really positive perspective to trials in life and this is the best way to manage such difficulties successfully by always keeping Allah in remembrance.

  40. aneesov@yahoo.com'
    Dr Anees Kurikkal

    Assalamu alikum

    Very much glad to read your article sister. It makes me more happy that you are a revert and Allah made you choose the right path. May Allah ease the burden of all our muslim brethren worldwide and help us achieve the ultimate jannah through his satisfaction. Aameen

  41. zulhilmi.drilling@gmail.com'
    Zul Dris

    Excellent. I like the part when you relate “focus on what you can control to gain sense of positivity” with “5 times daily prayer”.
    Sometimes one ignore to empower their prayer during stress times and dwell the negative thoughts even in the prayer. I think thats why muslim remain in long stress period.
    One should fight to ignore the negativity and focus in prayer. It is hard. Its long process.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your contribution to the topic. You are right, it can be a very hard and long process, but insha Allah with sabr we will see the benefits of adhering to Islamic practices in facing stressful times

  42. kevozkn@gmail.com'
    Kevser

    May Allah resent you for the article that so needed and useful for Muslim, unfortunately however we know the truths about lslamic way we are forgetting , wrong about what to da in the case of being stressful. Therefore thanks so much for writing the article and remind our real and deep faith , beliefs of Islam……

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Jazakallahu khair for your comments (i think the word ‘resent’ was just an error!). Im happy that you thought my article was a good reminder of our beliefs in Islam. May Allah make i easy for us to implement it into our daily practices.

  43. RumiBegum.94@hotmail.co.uk'
    Rumi Begum

    This is the first time I’m on here, my friend sent me a link to this page. Alhamdulillah, i enjoyed the article& found it very beneficial. JazzakAllah Khair

  44. syedoff@outlook.com'
    syed mohammad ejaz

    Jazakillah sister Hana.
    I’m a split personality. And confused . Want to serve mankind . And in this race got afflicted. I only live with hope. Waiting for the light of Allah in the horizon.pray for me. I think Allah has nothing gud for me for having Him hurt. I want you advocate my case before Him.
    Ur words comforted. Allah z happy with you. Convince Him that I will never do wrong again. Tauba I am doing. I again want to be His friend if only he accepts the proposal. Waiting His Approval.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Wa iyakum. Jazakallahu khair for commenting. May Allah make things easier for you brother. Remember Allah is forgiving and if you continue to seek repentance with sincerity, insha Allah He will forgive you. Never lose hope in the Mercy of Allah.

  45. binfahm55@gmail.com'
    biniyam

    the hard truth is, dont think to get in to jennah possibly. we all should get our self ready to accept this. not through developing a system for the system of allah’s testing method.

  46. Shahanajemi@gmIl.com'
    Shaana

    Jazakallah hair!! I’m too passing through a tough situation.. But after reading this article I feel happy that Allah is loving me that is why he gave tough situation.. I got the strength to hold my feelings and feels I could control my stress.. I will try my level best to become strong !!

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Wa iyakum dear sister, I’m pleased that my article has helped you to view your difficult situation in a more positive way. May Allah continue to ease your worries.

  47. dr.raziahusain@yahoo.com'
    Razia

    Jazaka Allah for the wonderful islamic tips.Very much the need of the day is stress management.
    This is the most commendable thing about iou that it is teaching us and helping in tackling all avenues of our life in the light of quran and sunnah.

    1. activemindcare@Gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Wa iyakum, yes, Alhamdulilah for IOU for reaching out to everyone in all corners of the world making it easy to access such important information to increase us in knowledge for the sake of Allah

  48. drrifaisulaiman@yahoo.co.uk'
    Dr SULAIMAN

    Dear Hannah. One of best articles in Islamic counselling and spiritual advice. I think Muslims have all remedies for all diseases of hearts and minds but problem is some of us do not know how to benefit from Quran and Sunnah. or do not approach the Quran and Sunnah as the pious people did and do now. No doubt Quran and Sunnah could heal all heart diseases
    You have good skills and you can be a great assert for chaplaincy courses around the UK. You could teach all these in chaplaincy classes. There is a good demand for qualified people in chaplaincy. I really appreciate the way you have written this article so meaningful . May Allah increase your knowledge

    1. activemindcare@Gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Amin, Jazakallahu khair for your lovely comments and contribution. Im pleased that you liked the article, i really enjoy writing about and working in the field and look forward to continuing this work insha Allah

  49. riyaz06.shaikh@gmail.com'
    Riyaz Shaikh

    Jazak Allah Khairan Sister, Masha Allah you put it in very nice order. It is true sister as our Prophet saw advised us to look to those who are worse off and this really helps us to appreciate the blessings in our life along with Zikr as you mentioned.

    May Allah Reward you for this.

  50. salmaghayas1@gmail.com'
    salma

    Assalamoalaikum janaba
    I’m glad you have touched upon a vital problem.I request you to pray for me. N my son, who is10 yrs old.I’m a divorcee. My husband didnt sustain us.plz pray that I get. Married to a momin mard who can also accept my son n we can lead a life. Ameen

    1. activemindcare@Gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuh, im so pleased that you found my article useful. May Allah make things easier for you and your son my dear sister.

  51. ultimate_fancy@hotmail.fr'
    Oum Sakina

    Assalam ‘alaykoum.

    Indeed Allah is the One who knows best. This article of yours could not have been written at a better time for me. I know people might have asked and it might be foolish of me to even try but could you please, min fadli Llah, exchange with me for a bit via e-mail? I really need this islamic psychological perspective for what I am going through.
    I hope Allah will grant me this opportunity through you. Amine.
    Djazaki Llahou khayran for this article dear sister!

    1. activemindcare@Gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuh dear sister, i am so pleased that my article was useful for you, may Allah make things easier for you if you are facing difficult times. You can sign up to my upcoming webinar (and ill be running a course soon after as well insha Allah) which could be useful for you and you can contact IOU counselling services too. I hope this helps.

  52. noshabatani@hotmail.com'
    Noshaba

    Salam great article. I hav noticed from my personal experience that when you stressed or worried or going through tuff times in life shaytan comes in with full force .your mind keeps going bak to yr problem and making you feeling drained.I intend to read this dua.يا حي ياقيؤم برحمتك استغيث.it lefts the cloud of worry from your heart but u need watch shaytan he keeps making you forgrt the dua.

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      hannah

      Wa alaikum salaam, jazakallahu khair for your contribution. This is a really good point you make and something we all need to protecourselves against. May Allah help us and keep us steadfast on His path

  53. Khadijaiqbal.deeja@gmail.com'
    Khadija

    Alhumdolilah the great words u using for stress relief. This is the big blessing from Allah Azawajal that we have Quran who teach usin every moment of our life. Jazakillah khare for such a great article May Allah accept ur struggle for Islam n promote it this Duniya n gave ajer in Next

    1. activemindcare@gmail.com'
      Hannah

      Amin to your dua dear sister. Indeed, as Muslims we are blessed with this cure to all our stresses and struggles revealed to us in our Quran

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  55. musferahamed@gmail.com'
    Ahmed

    Assalamu alaikum sister,

    It was amazing artical to read, I always keen ro read on this topic as I’m often the victim of mental stress/week heart.

    I have gone through a lot of difficulty when it comes through stress & as I’m very Negetive person which I feel got it from my mother. After I stared practicing Islam I have learnt a lot on how to overcome or should I say handle it.

    Below are some of the quality I have. (To some extend now I’m able to realise its delusional/Satan whisper but still fall prey to it)

    1. When something concerns me (stress), I keep thinking about it repeatedly, regardless of the effort I put to stop thinking,

    2. I rethink and make up stories or build assumption which is completely base on negativity

    3. Sometime it gone to some extend that I stated feeling hatred/ill feeling towards few people based on the assumption I make, (the stupidity is I believe it as true)

    Since your its your expertise is psychology with the light of Islan I think could understand it better. Need your advice so I don’t have to end up like what happen to my mom (I have mention it below)

    1. This kind of psychological pressure come when my imaan is good (what I mean is I often Remember Allah & do more act of worship)

    2. And I’m often feel better when if I reduce the act of worship, with little engagement in the worldly affair.

    Herefore I end up loosing much of my imaan. ( I mean the level of thaqwa)

    (I have seen similar pattern, this is how my mom experienced it & end up mentally ill had to consult psychiatrist & medication now Al Hamdulillah she is fine. Now she just do what is obligatory)

  56. musferahamed@gmail.com'
    Ahmed

    Assalamu alaikum sister,

    It was amazing article to read, I always keen to read on this topic as I’m often the victim of mental stress/week heart.

    I have gone through a lot of difficulty when it comes through stress & as I’m very Negative person which I feel got it from my mother. After I stared practicing Islam I have learnt a lot on how to overcome or should I say handle it.

    Below are some of the quality I have. (To some extend now I’m able to realize its delusional/Satan whisper but still fall prey to it)

    1. When something concerns me (stress), I keep thinking about it repeatedly, regardless of the effort I put to stop thinking. let it be work, personal

    2. I rethink and make up stories or build assumption which is completely base on negativity

    3. Sometime it gone to some extend that I stated feeling hatred/ill feeling towards few people based on the assumption I make, (the stupidity is I believe it as true)

    4. I’m quite person, i speak limited with people, except few who are close to me. (Male, 26Age)

    Since your its your expertise is psychology with the light of Islam I think could understand it better. Need your advice so I don’t have to end up like what happen to my mom (I have mention it below)

    1. This kind of psychological pressure come when my Imaan is good (what I mean is I often Remember Allah & do more act of worship)

    2. I often feel better when ever I reduce the act of worship, with little engagement in the worldly affair in some time get distracted, Therefore I end up loosing much of my imaan. ( I mean the level of thaqwa)

    (I have seen similar pattern, this is how my mom experienced it & end up mentally ill had to consult psychiatrist & medication now Al Hamdulillah she is fine. Now she just do what is obligatory)

  57. Musferahamed@gmail.com'
    Ahamed

    Assalamu alaikum sister,

    It was amazing article to read, I always keen to read on this topic as I’m often the victim of mental stress/week heart.

    I have gone through a lot of difficulty when it comes through stress & as I’m very Negative person which I feel got it from my mother. After I stared practicing Islam I have learnt a lot on how to overcome or should I say handle it.

    Below are some of the quality I have. (To some extend now I’m able to realize its delusional/Satan whisper but still fall prey to it)

    1. When something concerns me (stress), I keep thinking about it repeatedly, regardless of the effort I put to stop thinking. let it be work, personal

    2. I rethink and make up stories or build assumption which is completely base on negativity

    3. Sometime it gone to some extend that I stated feeling hatred/ill feeling towards few people based on the assumption I make, (the stupidity is I believe it as true)

    4. I’m quite person, i speak limited with people, except few who are close to me. (Male, 26Age)

    Since your its your expertise is psychology with the light of Islam I think could understand it better. Need your advice so I don’t have to end up like what happen to my mom (I have mention it below)

    1. This kind of psychological pressure come when my Imaan is good (what I mean is I often Remember Allah & do more act of worship)

    2. I often feel better whenever I reduce the act of worship, with little engagement in the worldly affair in some time get distracted, Therefore I end up losing much of my Imaan. ( I mean the level of thaqwa)

    (I have seen similar pattern, this is how my mom experienced it & end up mentally ill had to consult psychiatrist & medication now Al Hamdulillah she is fine. Now she just do what is obligatory)

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