How to deal with anxiety and belief in Islam

Question:

What do the scholars and experts of shari’ah say regarding anxiety which makes it hard for me to believe in Islam, and Qadr. However, I decided that I will pretend this problem doesn’t exist. What is the Islamic ruling on doing that. The doctors also told me to do this as not doing this can seriously affect my physical health as well as mental health. Such as a heart issues due to constant anxiety.

Answer:

Experiencing anxiety that affects your faith can be challenging, but it’s important to know that you’re not alone in feeling this way. Many people grapple with doubts and uncertainties about their faith, especially when facing difficult emotions like anxiety. Here are some suggestions that might help you navigate this:

  1. Acknowledge Your Feelings: It’s okay to feel anxious or uncertain about your faith. Acknowledge your emotions without judgment and understand that they are a natural part of the human experience.
  2. Seek Support: Reach out to supportive friends, family members, or members of your community who may understand what you’re going through. Having someone to talk to can provide comfort and perspective.
  3. Educate Yourself: Take the time to learn more about Islam, its teachings, and its rich history. Understanding the principles and values of your faith may help alleviate some of your doubts and uncertainties.
  4. Engage in Spiritual Practices: Engage in spiritual practices such as prayer, dhikr, and reading the Quran. These activities can help strengthen your connection to your faith and provide a sense of peace and calm.
  5. Consult Knowledgeable Sources: If you have specific questions or doubts about Islam, consider seeking guidance from knowledgeable scholars, mentors, or counsellors who can provide insights and answers based on Islamic teachings.
  6. Take Care of Your Mental Health: Practice self-care techniques to manage your anxiety, such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, or seeking professional help from a therapist or counsellor. Taking care of your mental health is essential for overall well-being.
  7. Reflect and Question: It’s natural to have questions and doubts about your faith from time to time. Use these moments of reflection as opportunities for growth and exploration. Sometimes, questioning can lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of your faith.
  8. Be Patient with Yourself: Remember that faith is a journey, and it’s okay to have moments of doubt or uncertainty along the way. Be patient with yourself as you navigate through these challenges, and trust that you will find your way in due time.

Above all, know that your struggles with anxiety and faith are valid, and it’s okay to seek help and support when needed. You are not alone, and there are resources available to assist you on your journey towards finding peace and contentment in your faith.

This Fatwa is written by Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Munir Al-Azhari

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