Sunday, 3 February 2019

Do not Despair of the Mercy of Allaah!

Feeling down in the dumps, depressed, having

the blues… These are just some of the terms used to describe a

feeling of hopelessness and despair that can hit even the most

optimistic of us at some point in our lives. However when

sadness, gloom and unhappiness becomes a permanent mark of our

lives, when it creates a feeling of hopelessness, helplessness

and worthlessness, when it interferes with our ability to work,

study, eat, sleep, and mix with people we may be suffering from

abnormal levels of despair otherwise called depression.Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam taught us a du’aa against

despondency which, in amazing brevity, also reveals the

consequences of acute depression. The du’aa reads as follow: “O’

Allaah I seek your protection from anxiety, sorrow, inability,

laziness, cowardice, stinginess, overpowering debt and

subjugation by fellow man” This du’aa speaks about the eight

emotional traits of a person overcome by severe dejection:

1. Anxiety: An unexplained cloud of constant

worry, fear, a boding that something bad is going to take place.

You feel agitated, restless, and are on the edge all the time.

2. Sorrow: A sense of dejection that crushes

both your body and mind. You almost believe that it is not

possible to be happy. Feeling of not being cherished and

respected by anyone

3. A feeling of uselessness: A Feelings of

helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever

get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your

situation. You are locked into victim mode. This drops your

tolerance levels. Everything and everyone gets on your nerves.

4. Laziness/fatigue: Neither interest nor any

willingness to pick yourself up. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and

physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even

small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.

5. Cowardice: Lack of self-confidence. Strong

feelings of worthlessness or guilt. A bleak outlook—nothing will

ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your


6. Stinginess: No interested in the welfare of

others. You are too preoccupied in your own gloom to even think

of the happiness of other people.

7. Overpowering debt: Trouble focusing, making

decisions, you become financially reckless in the hope of buying

yourself out of misery. You engage in escapist behavior.

8. Subjugation by fellow man: Under the control

of other people. You feel pressured by those around you. You no

longer believe in yourself and feel compelled to toe the line.

A Muslim should always assume the best about Allaah. He should

strive to do his best and expect the best outcome: that Allah

will accept his good deeds; that Allaah from His grace will

forgive him; and that Allaah will bless him to live out his life,

until its conclusion, upon faith. Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi

wasallam has said: “None of you should die except while assuming

the best about Allaah.” (Muslim)

Our challenge under all circumstances is to act as best as we

can with the firm conviction that whatever afflicts us was never

meant to miss us and whatever misses us was never meant for us.

We believe that our life ultimately unfolds in accordance to the

will of Allaah! “No calamity befalls the earth and neither your

own selves unless it be laid down in our decree long before we

bring it into being – verily that is easy for Allaah. So that you

may not despair over whatever good escapes you nor become

arrogant over whatever good has come your way” (57: 22)

May Allaah grant us the ability to turn each anxiety, each fear

and each concern into an opportunity for making du’aa and

turning to Him with repentance.


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