Do you suffer from anxiety and want to cure stress?
Listen to this talk by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf for a deep faith-based insight.
He says the muwahed (or true monotheist) is the one who sees the Creator in the creation, and he sees the Provider in the provision.
So when he is eating, he sees where the provision comes from.
That’s Tawheed, (Monotheism), and that’s why Imam Al-Ghazali puts with it Tawakkul (trusting Allah), because when you know God you trust Him. When you have Tawheed, you trust God.
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, used to supplicate to Allah (SWT) saying:
“Give me from certainty what will make the tribulations of this world easy for me.”
So if you have yakeen, certainty, the tribulations of this world become easy. They are not difficult.
And anxiety is part of the human condition. The only thing that reduces anxiety is certainty.
Tranquility is, according to this civilization, anxiolytic. You take Valium and you take all these nice drugs that just calm you down and other mood altering drugs.
In fact, a lot of people in the West say if they start meditating they have anxiety attacks. Some people, if they turn everything off, and they start relaxing and breathing, they get anxiety attacks.
“I need to make a phone call. Where is my phone?” or “Turn on the TV quick,” because it is all outward stimulation that is pulling them in this state where they don’t have to think about anything.
So that state of anxiety that people find themselves in is only relieved by certainty. And Tawheed is what gives you that certainty.
Everything that happens is from Allah. There is nothing to worry about.
You’re in good hands, the universe is in good hands, everything is going according to plan.
Don’t miss this four minute reflection on how to cure stress by Sheikh Hamza.