Author : Haifa Mohamed

Haifa Mohamed

“People are so sensitive nowadays.”, “What do you mean you’re depressed, just be more optimistic.” “I’ve gone through way worse when I was your age and I didn’t blame it all on this depression thing.” Heard this, and more? Let Haifa Mohamed tell you why this isn’t the right way to deal with depression & mental health issues.

 

“O Prophet, say to the prisoners in your hands, “If Allah knows any goodness in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you, and will forgive you. Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.”

Depression is an illness that has plagued us for centuries. Great souls, beautiful people, and precious creations lost to the weight of their own minds. Unable to remember what life had meant to them, they would turn into their own worst enemies. In the modern world, while there is a newfound support for the sick of this particular affliction, so has the cynicism grown, such that many still ask the question, “is depression even real?”

Clinical depression is defined as the chemical imbalance caused in the brain due to biological, psychological, and environmental factors. This is different from situational depression which occurs due to factors such as the loss of a loved one etc. This stands to show that depression, a word taken with lightness in our society; especially in an Indian society which, while has shown great developments in other sectors, can’t help but be dragged behind due to their painfully backward thinking, is in fact a very serious and very real condition.

Depression leaves a person who might have been full of life, happiness, and beauty, as a shell that bears the weight of their mind such as desperately trying to hold a boulder with a pair of twigs, leaving an incredible pain that they cannot explain. It may leave one of the most brilliant minds stuck in a deep hole that they cannot, and sometimes do not want to get out of. Their only option, they think, is to dig themselves deeper and deeper into this hole until they stop. They leave their lives behind feeling as though death is less painful than life.

Suicide has been a rising issue in the past few years, individuals with the wisdom given by the age of 80 to the childlike innocent minds of 10-year-olds, very few have been able to escape the grasp of the treacherous illness. Prisoners of their own mind, stuck in the mud called life, with their feet sinking unable to move, at some point wouldn’t the thought cross their mind that death would be better than such a life? isn’t it only natural? but with each case, suicide has gone from a case of great tragedy and failure of our society to a sidebar story that no longer invokes sympathy from people but instead mocks the very people who forget to remember that only Allah can judge, snickering about how they can’t bear to handle a bit of stress and how weak their mindsets are. We forget about the fact that this could very well occur to our closest and most loved ones, forgetting that we ourselves could be in danger of such an illness. We forget the fact that they are human, just as we are.

The concept of depression and suicide is not new in the religion; in fact, it is trusted that with any illness, including mental illnesses, steps should be taken to receive help because our life is a pristine gift given by our god, Allah (SWT) and it is our duty to preserve such a gift. “So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief: Verily, with every difficulty, there is relief” (Quran 94: 5-6). Islam has always been steadfast in the belief that if you are truly sincere in your apology, Allah’s forgiveness truly knows no bounds. Muslims, no matter how dire a situation or hardships they are presented with, are advised to hope and if not able to, seek help to hope. “And for those who fear Allah, He always prepares a way out, and He provides for him from sources he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is Allah for him. For Allah will surely accomplish His purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion” (Quran 65: 2-3).

Islam is a religion of such beauty and compassion as it is based on the foundation of peace, mercy, and hope, one of its beliefs being that all emotions, happiness, sadness, grief, and jealousy are gifts of Allah (SWT) which comes with being humans, and it is our duty and responsibility to make sure we understand and learn how to manage such emotions and for the mistakes we make on the journey to learn, Allah’s mercy is incredible.

Suicide is considered a cardinal sin in Islam. After all, such an invaluable and beautiful gift given to us by Allah (SWT), and our failure to harm such a gift would be indeed almost treacherous. But in due of Allah (SWT)’s mercy, this topic isn’t considered black and white, there are chances that due to this sickness causing an unstable mental condition even suicide may be forgiven.

Allah (SWT) is our god and refuge, he is the light we look to in moments of darkness and the comfort we receive during pain. Pain will forever be temporary and Allah (SWT)’s greatness unceasing. We must learn to open our minds and hearts and accept our brothers and sisters who may be suffering and let them in, tell them, and advise them that there is a light as long as we look towards the path of Allah and his mercifulness. There is no sin too big and no heart too small for our Creator’s mercy and we must help others seek refuge in him instead of choosing a darker path.

Depression will always exist. It is an illness of our mind and there is no immunity towards it but what we can do to battle its tragic effects is to try and understand the sufferers, help them and if that’s not possible guide them towards others who may help them.

We are all human and we all are bound to feel, but Allah (SWT) will always be there to help you if only you allow yourself to Him.

“O Prophet, say to the prisoners in your hands, “If Allah knows any goodness in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you, and will forgive you. Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.”
(Quran 8:70)

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