The medicine for sorrow, grief, anxiety and depression is this dua:
Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas’ood, that the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] said: There is no person who suffers any anxiety or grief, and he/she says:
except that Allah will take away his anxiety and grief, and replace his sorrow with joy.
The companions asked: Ya Rasool Allah! Does it befit for us that we learn these words (i.e. this dua)?
He replied: Absolutely. Whoever hears of it should learn it.
[Musnad Imam Ahmad]
Transliteration (hover your mouse for translation)
Allahumma innee ‘abduka,
ibnu ‘abdika, ibnu amatika
Maadhin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadhaa’uka
As alooka bikulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka
aw anzaltahu fee kitabika, aw ‘allamtahu ‘ahdan min khalqika
Awista tharta bihi fee ‘ilmil-ghaibi ‘indaka
An tajalal Qurana rab’eea qalbee, wa noora sadree
Wa jalaa’a huznee, wa zhahaaba hammee
The Prophet [SAWS] told us that if we find ourselves in a state of sorrow, anxiety, depression or sadness, we should make the afore-mentioned dua. The dua begins with glorifying and praising Allah, then we are instructed to make tawassul (seek a means to get closer) to Allah by asking through all of Allah’s perfect and majestic names…but what is the request after such prolonged praise?
“Make the Quran the life of my heart and the light of chest!”
It’s as if Rasool Allah [SAWS] is saying that if you’re depressed/sad/anxious/sorrowful, then the way to relieve this is to make your life revolve around the Quran! Because once you read the Quran, you will find:
- peace and tranquility of the heart [13:28]
- physical and spiritual healing (shifaa), and mercy [17:82]
- guidance on how to live life, and good news [2:97]
How is it possible for someone who is attached to the Quran to ever be depressed?