In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, anxiety is an increasingly prevalent concern for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. We are constantly bombarded with work-related stress, social pressure, and personal circumstances that impact our overall quality of life. Islam offers tools and a mindset to overcome anxiety no matter the source. The book of Allah, the Quran, guides humans in dealing with emotions. In this article, we’ll explore 6 verses from the Quran useful for navigating anxiety.
1. Remembrance of Allah
“Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” - 13:28
Remembrance of Allah is associated with the calm of hearts. It is not merely recalling Him with lips but also thinking about Him in all circumstances. Being aware of His presence gives peace to a believer, knowing that their Creator is with them at all times, no matter the conditions of life.
Remembrance of Allah leads to gratitude in times of happiness and patience in hardships. And gratitude and patience are the two powerful tools for every believer to go through life with peace of heart and mind. Indulge yourself in the zikr of Allah to shift your focus from the problem towards the solution. Remembering Allah is associated with many blessings. Remembering His power makes you trust him, and remembering His favors makes you feel loved, and remembering His forgiveness makes you hopeful and more.
2. Burden That You Can Bear
“On no soul do We place a burden greater than it can bear” - 23:62
To achieve true success in the hereafter, believers have to face challenges in this world. However, as mentioned above, these tests are within the believer's strength. It provides a sense of relief that no matter the difficulty, Allah will provide you with the strength and forbearance to deal with it.
3. Allah Is the Best Planner
“They plot and plan, and Allah too plans, but the best of planners is Allah” - 8:30
This ayah refers to the plans of Quraysh against Prophet Muhammad SAW at the time of migration to Madina. It is an excellent reminder that Allah’s plan is better than people's. If you are facing challenges in your life created by the people in your surroundings, do not lose hope, as Allah knows the intentions and actions of everyone. So, find peace in His supreme power to protect you against all harm.
4. Allah Protects the Faithful And Believers
“Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into the light” - 2:257
This beautiful ayah provides surety to believers who have faith in Allah that He will show them the right path that’ll lead them to light from the darkness. Allah is the ultimate protector against all evil. And a reassurance from Him in the form of the above ayah is a source of hope that Allah’s help is near, transforming your hopelessness into hopefulness.
Here’s another ayah that acts as good news for believers:
“So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers.” - 3:139
It literally speaks to the true believers to not weaken in the face of hardship. Life in this world is temporary, so do not grieve over any difficulties you may face while following the path of Allah; you will be superior.
5. Help Through Patience and Prayer
“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” - 2:153
The fifth ayah in our collection of verses from the Quran to help against anxiety gives a practical solution. It tells us that we shall seek help from Allah through patience and prayer. By actively praying and hoping for Allah's good, we can navigate the tough times in our lives. It also tells us that if we are patient, Allah is with us. We are not alone in this life. Whether you have a human hand, Allah is always with you.
6. Protection From Other’s Speech
“And let not their speech grieve you. Indeed, honor [due to power] belongs to Allah entirely. He is the Hearing, the Knowing.” - 10:65
A challenging situation often becomes bearable if you have someone who can console you and tell you reassuring words. It removes the burden from your shoulders and gives you peace that you can rely on a loved one. But for many people, it's not the case. They don’t have a person to lean against, or the very person they care about may be the reason for their grief. In this ayah, Allah is sharing His words of reassurance that do not let others’ speech make you feel sad, for I am all hearing and knowing. Allah knows who has harmed you, and He will hold them accountable for their misdeeds against Him and you.
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