Anxiety in Islam: Quran Verses For Stress Relief

According to Islam, human beings were created in a state of anxiety.

Indeed, mankind was created anxious:
When evil touches him, impatient.
And when good touches him, withholding [of it]. 
Except the observers of prayer 

SURAH Al-Ma’arij [70], VERSE 19-22

Therefore, one of the main tasks of a believer in Islam is to actively try to transcend beyond that towards a higher state of consciousness through prayer and good deeds.

You might be neither a believer in a creator nor a follower of any religion.

Nevertheless, it is good sometimes to open your mind and ears to new sources of knowledge, wherever they come from. Today, we have collected a list of scripture verses found in the Quran about anxiety in Islam.

According to Islamic belief, the Quran is a literal transcript of the creator’s speech that was revealed by the angel Gabriel to the prophet Mohammad. There is only one version of the Quran that has never been altered since it was written down more than 1400 years ago.

Quran Verses About Anxiety

Islam approach towards dealing with anxiety and fear is holistic. It declares the way we think and the actions we take as the only way to handle it.

These following verses give us an idea about what Islam suggests to reduce anxiety and advise its followers to remember, do and think of whenever they are faced with it.

Hopefully, they could be helpful for you too.

1. Ease Comes With Hardship

For indeed, with hardship comes ease. Indeed, with hardship comes ease.

Surah Ash-Sharh [94], Verse 5-6

The verse is repeated twice to emphasize that relief does not merely come after hardship but is provided with it. No matter what hardships you face, it is important to remember that you will sooner or later overcome them.

You have experienced some before, but still managed to survive.

And you should always keep the hope for a better tomorrow no matter what happens. Without it, you will become easy prey for life that toss you around the way it wants to.

2. Do Not Fear Poverty

Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality

Surah Al-Baqarah [2], Verse 268

According to Islam, suffering from anxiety due to fear of losing your source of income is a sign of a weak belief.

You also might fear poverty and worry about money. The thought of being poor or losing your career can make you feel anxious.

To deal with this anxiety you might tend to do harmful things to your health like drinking alcohol or taking harmful drugs/medications.

Do not allow fear to take control of your life.

Instead, you should work on trying to improve your financial situation by finding another job that pays you better or by starting your own project that can bring more money to the table.

Have a belief in your ability to get rid of this anxiety and do the necessary work needed to earn that privilege.

a believer in Islam who is propably not suffering from anxiety
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3. Stay Balanced

But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you.

Surah Al-Baqarah [2], Verse 216

In Islam, you can overcome anxiety and fear by surrounding yourself with a strong faith in God’s plan for you.

What looks like a bad event or experience, might be a gift in disguise. And what looks like a good event or experience might be a thing that you will regret in the future.

Avoid over-exaggeration in your reactions to life events and experiences. When you face difficulty, then try to imagine it as a birth experience of something that could bring much more happiness and peace into your life.

And when you experience something positive that makes you feel good, then be thankful for it and share it with others.

4. You Are Strong Enough

God does not burden any soul with more than it can bear


Surah Al-Baqarah [2], Verse 286

Mistakes, failures, losses can burden your soul and causes you to feel stressed, anxious or depressed. No matter what life throws at you, always remember that you are strong enough to overcome it.

Your existence is far more important than anything you have lost or anything you have done.

The challenges are there for a reason and not by coincidence.

As we mentioned right at the beginning of this blog, Islam states that a human being was created in a state of anxiety but it also states that a human being can overcome difficulties no matter what they are.

If you are experiencing the same problems again and again, then this means that you have not learned the lesson yet and you will find yourself in the same position again, if you fail to figure out the underlying cause.

If you are facing new challenges and problems then be glad for them because, with every new challenge or problem you solve, you become a bit stronger and wiser.

People who prefer to have a safe live far away from experiences that are risky or dangerous do not grow and learn as much as people that do.

5. Do Not Give Up

God does not change the condition of people unless they change what is in themselves

Surah Al-Ra’d [13], Verse 11

Staying idle and negative will not make you feel better.

It is hard to change, but you can do it if you keep trying day in and day out.

A good place to start is to work on the way you think by learning how to stay positive and also by being thankful for the little things in your life that you already have.

By fixing the way you think you leave the prison of your own negative thoughs that you yourself have created.

After that, you will be able to start getting rid of the negative habits you have and also improve your work ethic, motivation, and discipline.

6. Be Patient

Indeed, God is with the patient

Surah Al-Anfal [8], Verse 46

A human being is always in a rush.

If someone start going to the gym or decide to work on a side-huslte to earn more money, then the expectations and motivation at the beginning are extremely high.

The moment the rubber hit the road, this person realize that getting results requires a lot of patience, hard work, and consistency.

This is also the case, for a person currently facing difficulties or hardships in life. Overcoming them requires also a lot of patience, hard work, and consistency.

Doing a little bit every day is better then doing a lot once every month.

Summary

That was our list of ideas in Islam on how to deal with fear and anxiety. Some of the ideas can be found in other religions like Chrisitinaty and Judaism.

It doesn’t really matter where they come from as long as you use them as a source of inspiration and motivation to change.

If you have similar verses in your own religion, then share them with us in the comments below and help inspire others.


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