Suffering mental disorder for 5 years
Fatwa No: 89176

  • Fatwa Date:10-1-2005 - Thul-Qi'dah 30, 1425
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Question

I have been suffering from severe headaches for the last 5 years plus. It all started with a nervous breakdown due to excessive work pressure. I have been depressed and suffer from general anxiety disorder. I just can't seem to get out of this mental imprisonment. I have a family with a wife and 4 beautiful children that Allaah has so kindly blessed me with. I feel I am not an ideal father because of my own mental limitations. Do you have any suggestions in the form of prayer and supplication that will rid me of depression and put me back on the track for a normal life? I just want to be a like a regular person, feeling calm collected, cool and at peace with myself. I do my best to pray 5 times a day and remember Allaah as much as I can. Any advice would be great to get me out of this miserable pain. Not a minute goes by without the headache. The pain has taken over my life. I need to start feeling normal and in control again. Please provide how I might be able to put myself on the road to recovery so that I will be normal and pain free! May Allaah reward you abundantly for your kind words and help!

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

 

First we ask Allaah the All-Mighty, Lord of the Magnificent Throne to cure you from this disease and rid you from the anxiety, depression and sorrow that you are going through, and compensate you with good and well-being. As regards treating headache, what has been reported from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) when the revelation was being sent down to him and he had a headache is that he applied henna on his head. [Ibn As-Sinni and Abu Nu'aym] So you can act according to this narration even though it is considered weak by As-Sayooti may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him. In addition to this, Imaam Al-Bukhari may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported that when the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was in his death sickness he shouted: "O, my head! and he used to tie his head when he was sick." Abu Daawood and Al-Bukhari may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them reported respectively in their Sunnah and Taareekh, that anyone who suffers a headache, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) advise him to do Hijaamah (cupping). As far as we know there is no specific verse or verses that cure headaches and depression, but the Qur'an in general is a cure as Allaah says (which means): {And We sent down of the Qur'an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe.}[17:82]. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) also said: "The best cure is the Qur'an." [Ibn Maajah].

Finally, it should be noted that you should not exhaust yourself to an extent that leads you to depression unless you are obliged to carry out this type of work as an urgent necessity that could not be fulfilled otherwise. As regards the ruling about residing in a non-Muslim country, please refer to Fataawa: 84329 and 86405.

Allaah knows best.

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