Overcome depression

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assalamu alaikum. my mind is always chattering about what i have to say or do but cant able to say or do and imagining that i am saying or doing. i am not able to do anything outside the house. always feeling a block. what should i do to overcome this state of mind?


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Overcome depression

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Dear and Beloved Sister in Islam, it is in the bestowed nature of mankind that the thought process of every sane human being will always be ‘on’; and the mind will keep on thinking on the matter which is closest to one’s heart. 


Whatever is the pre-occupation of the heart, the mind will automatically keep thinking about it! If one’s heart is filled with the love of money, then the mind will keep thinking about money!  If one’s heart is filled with the love of someone, the mind will keep thinking about that person!  If one’s heart is filled with the hatred of someone, then the mind will keep thinking about it!  Thus whatever is the pre-occupation of the heart, it is only natural that the mind will follow it!   


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.49 (part)  Narrated by An Numan bin Bashir

I heard Allah's Messenger (saws) saying, ‘Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed), the whole body becomes good; but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt; and that is: the heart.’


Thus it is only the contentment of the heart which will bring one contentment and peace of the mind!  If one’s heart is pre-occupied with the transient pleasures or trials of this world, it is only natural for the mind to be restless; and although every single human being in the world is searching in vain for this mirage of how to get ‘contentment of the heart’, the All-Knowing, All Wise Lord has provided the formula of where and how to seek this contentment in one Glorious Aayah of guidance in the Holy Quran:


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 13 Surah Raad verse 28-29: The people who have accepted (the Message),  their hearts find comfort in the remembrance of Allah.  Note it well!,  that is Allah’s remembrance Alone that brings contentment to the hearts!  Blessed are those who have accepted the Message and done righteous deeds.   They will have a good end. 


Allah Subhanah declares that the ONLY way to find contentment of the heart (and mind) is the constant Remebrance of Allah Subhanah.  Only those fortunate ones who fill their hearts with the love and awe of Allah Subhanah will be delivered from this state of restless and emptiness!  It is only when one understands and accepts and submits to Allah’s Message, will one be able to relieve himself of the state of depression and stress and emptiness that follows the transient pleasures and trials of this world; for regardless of the condition one is in the life of this world, after the acceptance of the Divine Message, he is absolutely convinced and content at every Decree of His Lord.  And the person who has this conviction supreme, puts his full trust and belief in the Lord of the Worlds and his heart and mind is constant in reminding him to prepare himself for the inevitable meeting with his Merciful and Bounteous Creator!


Thus my dear and beloved sister, the one and only way to seek the contentment of the heart and thus the mind, is to be constant in your remembrance of Allah Subhanah and in the doing of good righteous deeds that would enable you to earn the Pleasure and Good Will of your Lord, Most Merciful. 


In our humble opinion, The best thing you can do is keep doing good righteous deeds, try to be in the state of wudhu always, offer the prescribed prayers in time, read the Noble Quran with understanding daily as much as is easy for you, fast during Ramadhan, keep in the company of good muslima sisters,  do voluntary fasts as are easy for you and make as much supplications (duaa) as you can. InshaAllah soon you will find a change and your moods will become normal. 


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is only ones. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,



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