Anxiety, depression, and stress are three common mental health issues that can greatly impact a person’s daily life. While therapy and medication can help, Muslims find solace in Islamic practices, such as making dua, or supplications to Allah.
Dua for anxiety can serve as a form of self-care, allowing individuals to express their struggles and seek comfort and peace from a higher power.
In this blog, we will explore the powerful role dua can play in managing anxiety, depression, and stress, and provide examples of Duas to help soothe the mind and ease emotional turmoil.
Prophets Dua For Anxiety And Depression
There are many dua`s that you can say to remove depression, anxiety, grief, and sorrow.
1. Dua For Anxiety In Arabic
لَا إلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ الْعَظـيمُ الْحَلِـيمْ، لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ رَبُّ العَـرْشِ العَظِيـمِ، لَا إِلَـهَ إِلَّا اللَّهْ رَبُّ السَّمَـوّاتِ ورّبُّ الأَرْضِ ورَبُّ العَرْشِ الكَـريم
La ilaha illal-lahul-‘atheemul-haleem, la ilaha illal-lahu rabbul-‘arshil-‘atheem, la ilaha illal-lahu rabbus-samawati wa rabbul-ardi wa rabbul-‘arshil-kareem.
Dua For Anxiety in English
The meaning of duaa for anxiety is: There is no god except Allah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne; there is no god except Allah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne).”
Sahih Muslim 2730 In al-Sahihayn, Ibn ‘Abbas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say this (the above mentioned dua), when he felt distressed.
An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Sharh Muslim: This is a great hadeeth that one should pay attention to and recite a great deal at times of distress and calamity.
At-Tabari said: The early generations used to offer this supplication and they called it du‘aa’ al-karb (the supplication of distress).
If it is said that this is dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and there is no supplication in it, that may be answered in two well-known points:
- (i) that the supplication may begin with this dhikr, then one may offer supplication as one wishes;
- (ii) the response of Sufyaan ibn ‘Uyaynah who said: Do you not know the words of Allah, may He be exalted [in a hadeeth qudsi]:
“Whoever is distracted by remembrance of Me from asking of Me, I shall give him the best of that which I give to those who ask .”
The poet said: If a man praises you, then that is enough and there is no need for him for state that he needs help [because his praise of you is a signal that he needs help.” End quote.
2. Dua For Stress And Anxiety
يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّوْمُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيْث
Ya Hayyu ya Qayyum, bi Rahmatika astaghith
O Ever-Living One, O Everlasting One, by Your mercy I seek help.
Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to this dua when something upset him.
اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَا أَنْتَ
Allaahumma rahmataka arjoo fa laa takilni ilaa nafsi tarfat ‘ayn wa aslih li sha’ni kullahu laa ilaaha illa anta.
O Allaah, for Your mercy I hope, so do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for the blink of an eye; rectify all my affairs. There is no god except You.
This Dua was narrated by Abu Dawood (5090) and Ahmad (27898) from Abu Bakrah, that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) this Dua.
Hadith Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
اللهُ اللهُ رَبِّ لا أُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئاً
Allah, Allah, Rabbi la ushriku bihi shay-an
Allah, Allah, my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him.
Asma bint ‘Umays (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to me: “Shall I not teach you some words to say when you feel distressed? ‘Allah, Allah, Rabbi la ushriku bihi shay-an (Allah, Allah, my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him).’”
5. Dua For Depression And Distress
اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّي عَبْـدُكَ ابْنُ عَبْـدِكَ ابْنُ أَمَتِـكَ نَاصِيَتِي بِيَـدِكَ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤكَ أَسْأَلُـكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ سَمَّـيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ أِوْ أَنْزَلْتَـهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ، أَوْ عَلَّمْـتَهُ أَحَداً مِنْ خَلْقِـكَ أَوِ اسْتَـأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الغَيْـبِ عِنْـدَكَ أَنْ تَجْـعَلَ القُرْآنَ رَبِيـعَ قَلْبِـي، وَنورَ صَـدْرِي وجَلَاءَ حُـزْنِي وذَهَابَ هَمِّـي
Allahumma inni ‘abduka wa ibn ‘abdika wa ibn amatika, nasiyati bi yadika, madin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadauka, as aluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anzaltahu fi kitabika aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw ista’tharta bihi fi ‘ilm il-ghaybi ‘indak an taj’ala al-Qurana rabi’a qalbi wa nura sadri wa jala a huzni wa dhahaba hammi.
Meaning In English
O Allah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your female slave, my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just.
I ask You by every Name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Quran the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety)
‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ud narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“No person suffers any anxiety or grief , and says this dua – but Allah will take away his sorrow and grief, and give him in their stead joy.
It was said: O Messenger of Allah, should we not learn them (these words)? He said: Yes indeed; whoever hears them should learn them.” Narrated by Ahmad (3528)
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in as-Silsilah as-Saheehah, 199.
6. Dua For Worry And Grief
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ، وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ، وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْجُبْنِ، وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ
Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika minal-hammi walhazani, wal’ajzi walkasali, walbukhli waljubni, wa dhala’id-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijaal.
O Allah, I seek refuge in you from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and overpowered by men (i .e . others).
لَّآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّآ أَنتَ سُبْحَٰنَكَ إِنِّى كُنتُ مِنَ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ
La ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaz zalimin.
None has the right to be worshipped except You; Glory be unto You. Indeed I have been from the wrongdoers.
There are quite number of Hadith about this Dua but the most well known is a hadith narrated by Tirmidhi. The full Hadith is
Sa’d reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The supplication of Yunus when he called upon Allah inside the belly of the whale was this, ‘There is no God but you, glory be to you, for I have been among the wrongdoers,’. Verily, a Muslim never supplicates for anything with it but that Allah will answer him.”Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhi 3505 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani.
Look at this (level of) distress which had befallen Yunus, upon him be peace. The fish had swallowed him and taken him down to the depths of the ocean.
Look at this great distress. (He was) within the belly of the fish and in the depths of the ocean. This was a great calamity.
So there came nothing from him, upon him be peace, except that he repeated these words.He was in darkness calling out; in darkness. (He was in) the darkness of the belly of the fish; the darkness of the ocean; and the darkness of the night.
He was in the depths of the ocean repeating these words.‘None has the right to be worshipped except You; Glory be unto You. Indeed I have been from the wrongdoers. ’
This is the supplication of Dhun-Noon when he supplicated within it while in the belly of the fish.
He was repeating it; so Allaah the Mighty and Majestic gave permission to the fish and commanded it to release him and He caused the squash plant to grow for him and He returned to him his health and strength after he had been in the depths of the ocean.
However, Yoonus upon him be peace, said this blessed supplication while trusting in Allaah and relying upon Him and turning to Allaah for refuge, knowing that the relief from his grief was in the hand of Allaah, Glorified be He.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Inna lillāhi wa ‘innā ‘ilayhi Rāji`un
Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return
ALLAH says in surah Baqarah verse 155-157
- And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to the patient.
- Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”
- They are those on whom are the blessings from their Lord, and (who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones
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How To Deal With Anxiety in Islam
You need to increase your faith and your trust in your Lord; you need to make more du’aa’ and pray more.
If you do that, your anxiety will be removed. Seeking to relax by means of doing acts of worship has a great effect on the soul, dispelling many kinds of psychological disease.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
Whoever works righteousness — whether male or female — while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter)”Surah al-Nahl 16:97
It was narrated that Suhayb said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for all his affairs are good, and this applies to no one except the believer. If something good happens to him, he gives thanks, and that is good for him, and it something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience, and that is good for him.”Narrated by Muslim, 2999
This world should not be the main concern of the Muslim. Worry about his provision should not find any room in his heart or mind, lest that make his sickness and his anxiety worse.
It was narrated that Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Whoever is mainly concerned about the Hereafter, Allaah will make him feel independent of others and will make him focused and content, and his worldly affairs will fall into place.
But whoever is mainly concerned with this world, Allaah will make him feel in constant need of others and will make him distracted and unfocused, and he will get nothing of this world except what is decreed for him.”Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2389; classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6510
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
“When a person spends his entire day with no other concern but Allaah alone, Allaah, may He be glorified, will take care of all his needs and take care of all that is worrying him; He will empty his heart so that it will be filled only with love for Him, free his tongue so that it will speak only in remembrance of Him (dhikr) and cause all his faculties to work only in obedience to Him.
But if a person spends his entire day with no other concern but this world, Allaah will make him bear its distress, anxiety and pain;
He will leave him to sort himself out, and cause his heart to be distracted from the love of Allaah towards the love of some created being, cause his tongue to speak only in remembering people instead of remembering Allaah, and cause him to use his talents and energy in obeying and serving them.
So he will strive hard, labouring like some work-animal, to serve something other than Allaah…
Everyone who turns away from being a true slave of Allaah and obeying Him and loving Him will be burdened with servitude, love and obedience to some created being. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ‘
And whosoever turns away (blinds himself) from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allaah), We appoint for him a shaytaan (devil) to be a qareen (intimate companion) to him.’ [al-Zukhruf 43:36].”Al-Fawaa’id, p. 159
Dua is one of the remedies prescribed in sharee’ah to deal with anxiety, depression and stress.
We ask Allaah to protect us and you from the evils of anxiety and worry, and to open our hearts to faith, guidance and tranquility.