Navigating Mental Wellness As A Muslim

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ุจูุณู’ู…ู ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุงู„ุฑูŽู‘ุญู’ู…ูฐู†ู ุงู„ุฑูŽู‘ุญููŠู’ู…ู

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Navigating Mental Wellness As A Muslim

We have been through so much for nearly two years now since the emergence of the, still ongoing, world health challenge โ€” Covid-19. As the pace of recovery picks up with the cautious and gradual reopening of physical borders, that does not mean we are unshackled from the pains of having to deal with the pandemic emotionally.

One major concern which none of us has escaped unscathed is the infliction of “pandemic fatigue.” According to the World Health Organisation (WHO),ย pandemic fatigueย refers to “people โ€ฆย feeling demotivated about following recommended behaviours to protect themselves and others from the virus.” This encroachesย into mental health where we are constantly battling negative feelings and emotions which could very easily overwhelm us. It could potentially envelop us in a bubble of darkness and depression, if we do not remain vigilant.

Go Back To Basics

We are constantly pulled in many different directions based on our unique familial and societal roles andย responsibilities. Before we are fully capable of taking care of others in our lives, we need to make sure that we are well. Start small, with our daily habits.

Adhere to a balanced diet. Exercise regularly. Get sufficient sleep. Heard it all before? As a Muslim, we would have also heard such additional advice, mostly without knowing the rationale behind it: Perform the ablution before sleeping, especially when you are facing some sort of distress, and sleep facing your right.

Such advice stems from the emulation of Prophet Muhammad’sย ๏ทบ sleeping habits. As narrated byย Al-Bara โ€˜bin `Azib:

The Prophet ๏ทบ said to me, “Whenever you go to bed perform ablution like that for the prayer, lie on your right side and say,

ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ูู…ูŽู‘ ุฃูŽุณู’ู„ูŽู…ู’ุชู ูˆูŽุฌู’ู‡ููŠ ุฅูู„ูŽูŠู’ูƒูŽุŒ ูˆูŽููŽูˆูŽู‘ุถู’ุชู ุฃูŽู…ู’ุฑููŠ ุฅูู„ูŽูŠู’ูƒูŽุŒ ูˆูŽุฃูŽู„ู’ุฌูŽุฃู’ุชู ุธูŽู‡ู’ุฑููŠ ุฅูู„ูŽูŠู’ูƒูŽุŒ ุฑูŽุบู’ุจูŽุฉู‹ ูˆูŽุฑูŽู‡ู’ุจูŽุฉู‹ ุฅูู„ูŽูŠู’ูƒูŽุŒ ู„ุงูŽ ู…ูŽู„ู’ุฌูŽุฃูŽ ูˆูŽู„ุงูŽ ู…ูŽู†ู’ุฌูŽุง ู…ูู†ู’ูƒูŽ ุฅูู„ุงูŽู‘ ุฅูู„ูŽูŠู’ูƒูŽุŒ ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ูู…ูŽู‘ ุขู…ูŽู†ู’ุชู ุจููƒูุชูŽุงุจููƒูŽ ุงู„ูŽู‘ุฐููŠ ุฃูŽู†ู’ุฒูŽู„ู’ุชูŽุŒ ูˆูŽุจูู†ูŽุจููŠูู‘ูƒูŽ ุงู„ูŽู‘ุฐููŠ ุฃูŽุฑู’ุณูŽู„ู’ุชูŽ

O Allah! I surrender to You and entrust all my affairs to You and depend upon You for Your Blessings both with hope and fear of You. There is no fleeing from You, and there is no place of protection and safety except with You O Allah! I believe in Your Book (the Qurโ€™an) which You have revealed and in Your Prophet (Muhammad) whom You have sent.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 247]

Complete such sleeping routine with the following prayers –ย Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas.ย Narrated โ€˜Aisha:

ุญูŽุฏูŽู‘ุซูŽู†ูŽุง ู‚ูุชูŽูŠู’ุจูŽุฉู ุจู’ู†ู ุณูŽุนููŠุฏูุŒ ุญูŽุฏูŽู‘ุซูŽู†ูŽุง ุงู„ู’ู…ูููŽุถูŽู‘ู„ูุŒ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุนูู‚ูŽูŠู’ู„ูุŒ ุนูŽู†ู ุงุจู’ู†ู ุดูู‡ูŽุงุจูุŒ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุนูุฑู’ูˆูŽุฉูŽุŒ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุนูŽุงุฆูุดูŽุฉูŽุŒ ุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ ุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ุจููŠูŽู‘ ุตู„ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุณู„ู… ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ุฅูุฐูŽุง ุฃูŽูˆูŽู‰ ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ููุฑูŽุงุดูู‡ู ูƒูู„ูŽู‘ ู„ูŽูŠู’ู„ูŽุฉู ุฌูŽู…ูŽุนูŽ ูƒูŽููŽู‘ูŠู’ู‡ู ุซูู…ูŽู‘ ู†ูŽููŽุซูŽ ูููŠู‡ูู…ูŽุง ููŽู‚ูŽุฑูŽุฃูŽ ูููŠู‡ูู…ูŽุง โ€{โ€ู‚ูู„ู’ ู‡ููˆูŽ ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุฃูŽุญูŽุฏูŒโ€}โ€ ูˆูŽโ€{โ€ู‚ูู„ู’ ุฃูŽุนููˆุฐู ุจูุฑูŽุจูู‘ ุงู„ู’ููŽู„ูŽู‚ูโ€}โ€ ูˆูŽโ€{โ€ู‚ูู„ู’ ุฃูŽุนููˆุฐู ุจูุฑูŽุจูู‘ ุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ุงุณูโ€}โ€ ุซูู…ูŽู‘ ูŠูŽู…ู’ุณูŽุญู ุจูู‡ูู…ูŽุง ู…ูŽุง ุงุณู’ุชูŽุทูŽุงุนูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ ุฌูŽุณูŽุฏูู‡ู ูŠูŽุจู’ุฏูŽุฃู ุจูู‡ูู…ูŽุง ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ุฑูŽุฃู’ุณูู‡ู ูˆูŽูˆูŽุฌู’ู‡ูู‡ู ูˆูŽู…ูŽุง ุฃูŽู‚ู’ุจูŽู„ูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ ุฌูŽุณูŽุฏูู‡ู ูŠูŽูู’ุนูŽู„ู ุฐูŽู„ููƒูŽ ุซูŽู„ุงูŽุซูŽ ู…ูŽุฑูŽู‘ุงุชูโ€.โ€

Whenever the Prophet ๏ทบ went to bed every night, he used to cup his hands together and blow over it after reciting Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas, and then rub his hands over whatever parts of his body he was able to rub, starting with his head, face and front of his body. He used to do that three times.

[Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 5017]

Let’s Talk About Me, For Real

It is the first step to nurturing healthy minds. Talk to a friend, write in your diary or share it on your Twitter account. Get it off your chest. Usually the first step is the most difficult to start with, but it is worth it. Help ourselves by lifting some of that emotional weight off our shoulders which has been draining us emotionally and physically for so long.

This is in alignment with what the WHO has identified as one of the key strategiesย in combating pandemic fatigue: Acknowledge and address the hardship. Find that support group in your community. We need to realise that what we are experiencing could very well be unique to each individual; however, such experiences are shared by the global ummah which cut across physical and cultural boundaries.

Validate our feelings and take that step towards healing ourselves emotionally. Get professional medical assistance, if need be. Check out support groups in your communities.

Contextualise Your Blessings

Finland has, once again, emerged as theย world’s happiest country. One way social scientists have measured the all elusive concept of happiness is by studying social support which has an impact on mental health risks based on how governments respond to crises, particularly the pandemic. One reason that propelled Finland to the top beingย “high levels of trust in the way the COVID-19 pandemic was handled.”

However, this does not mean that every Finnish is skipping through the fields of Oulanka National Park in Kuusamo, avoiding depression, for instance. Besides such tangible governmental support system,ย another opinionย has surfaced which argued thatย “one has to experience oneโ€™s life as meaningful” in order to be truly happy.

Happiness rooted in one’s meaningful life. Complicated? Yes. A priority? Yes. Achievable? Absolutely!

As a global Muslim in today’s climate, our sense of being and worth is usually tied to our identity. We thrive in an environmentย that provides opportunities for growth, not only for friends and family, but ourselves. Find that passion and follow it. Be it volunteerism, painting orย learning more about Islam; no passion is too trivial if it makes you smile, brings you happiness, invigorates your soul and helps in finding that right balance for you in life.

Mental wellness is something we need to constantly nurture and not let ourselves, and others (psst! share this article with someone else and encourage them to do the same), be swept away by the routine monotony of daily life. We deserve happiness through a peace of mind.

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  1. Sue

    Have to agree that we do need to let it out from our chest. Thank you for this insightful article and it is easy for me to digest the intention of this article.

  2. Zain

    Thank you for this well written article. Mental wellbeing is extremely important at this point of time.

  3. Saeed

    Great article, baraka-Allahu fik.
    May Allah bless you.

  4. Khadijah

    This article is really insightful and I needed this to help my mum who is currently not well. I believe she is suffering a relapse of her previous depression illness and I am struggling to help her as it is hard! But May Allah make it easy for her. Thank you!

  5. Nooman

    As salaam Alaikum
    I have been victim of post Covid-19 fatigue, which im battling within myself to overcome dince 4 months , I have been practicing all bedtime supplication mentioned in Hadiths and also joined fitness classes.
    Please pray for healthy & happier life for entire Ummah & mankind
    Thanks for the release of this article on subject matter.

  6. Yahaya

    Great indeed

  7. Atif jamal aldin

    Thank for this post itโ€™s really tells how things are going on in this world we live in and have to cope with Sacity which we live in Shurkran jazak allah kharim

  8. LaMaya Barefield

    Today was a great day and reading this made it even better.., thanks for the reminders, and assurance that Iโ€™m not the only one! We all need a little assurance sometimes ! I hope everyone is well and in good mental health during these times.

  9. Abou Dramane TRAORE

    Really inspirational and very informative and helpful. Thank for such great piece of literature.

  10. Brotherman7

    Alhamdulillah all the time. I wish I wasnโ€™t going through life alone, but Social Distancing is prescribed during these times. Salat is the exercise. I keep it moving.

  11. Nailah

    Mental health is a must!

  12. Hajra

    Well written and very relatable!

  13. Assane

    Maa sha Allah. Great article and definitely a reminder for all us to Maintain emotional and spiritual balance as many of us have been through a lot this year. I would definitely love to see more articles for islamic meditation and the benefits of zikr.

  14. Simmu

    Mind health is must


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