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Religion Might Be An Answer to Depression

According to the Holy Qur’an:

“Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good” (Surat Ali ‘Imran 3:134).

Ans also in the Sunnah of the Prophet, peace be upon him:

Abu Hurayrah narrates that the Prophet Muhammed peace and blessings be upon him said: “There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its remedy.” Bukhari 7.582.

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 280 million people worldwide suffer from depression, experiencing symptoms that include feelings of emptiness, restlessness, hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety and loss of interest in most activities.

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Depression can sometimes be so severe that it compromises one’s ability to function normally. “Any one at any stage of life can develop depression,” Dr. Robert Enright, professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison told

According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, approximately 253 million people all over the world—3.6 percent of the global population—experience major depressive disorder.

Major depression is one of the leading causes of disability in the US and it has a negative impact on the economy. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The economic burden of depression, including workplace costs, direct costs and suicide-related costs, was estimated to be US$210.5 billion in 2010.”

Religion Might Be An Answer to Depression - About Islam

“There are many causes of depression, one of which is a biological tendency toward the condition…Many people with depression and high anxiety have been treated very unfairly by others,” says Enright.

“Depression can be treated medically through a pharmacological approach. In other words: medicine,” he adds. “But while medicine can control the inner physical world, [the brain] cannot get rid of the anger that sometimes underlies depression.”

Islam gives us tools to deal with non-pathological feelings of sadness.

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