Dua for Anxiety and Depression

by Muslim.Sg 2020-07-12 • 6 min read
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2020-07-12 • 6 min read

Dua for anxiety and depression in English with transliteration

Dua for anxiety, depression, stress, sorrow, fear, grief, worry, sadness

Anxiety attacks and depression can happen to any of us. While being Muslims means having our faith rooted within us, it doesn’t mean that we are invulnerable to experiencing such challenges.

Having depression does not necessarily mean one does not believe in Allah s.w.t. and His divine decree or may cause one to have a lesser Iman. The fact that a person still strongly depends on Allah, despite the mental challenges faced, shows how resolute his or her faith is.

To manage anxiety and depression, we can use a holistic and comprehensive approach. While prayers are very much a part of Muslims, it is also important to couple them with the right measures and taking the appropriate steps to manage our mental health such as seeking professional help. The solution to managing anxiety and depression does not necessarily have to be confined to specific ritualistic acts. Someone who experiences mental health challenges needs to seek proper medical intervention and support as well.

Asking for help doesn't mean you're weak. It means you're strong and brave. For psychological and emotional support, you may contact the National Care Hotline at 1800-202-6868 or Club Heal at 6899 3463. If you would like to seek therapy, you may refer to this list for pro-bono/discounted services.

Allah s.w.t. reminds us in the Quran:

الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

Those who believe and whose hearts find comfort in the remembrance of Allah. Surely in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find comfort.

(Surah Ar-Ra’d, 13:28)

We remember Allah s.w.t and seek help from Him. Here are 5 duas that you may want to recite in facing anxiety and depression: 

1. Dua in times of distress

Dua for anxiety, depression, stress, sorrow, fear, grief, worry, sadness

Asma' Binti 'Umais r.a narrated that "Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. said to me: Shall I not teach you some words to say when in distress? 

اللهُ اللهُ ربِّي لَا أُشرِكُ به شيئًا

Allah, Allah, Rabbi La Ushriku Bihi Syai'a

"Allah, Allah, my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him"

(Sunan Abi Daud)

2. Dua of Prophet Yunus a.s.

dua prophet yunus said inside whale for depression, anxiety, stress

When stranded in the belly of a whale, isolated from even the slightest glimpse of light and as though the way out seems impossible, Prophet Yunus a.s. placed his hope and reliance upon Allah s.w.t. and recited the following invocations:

لاَّ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّى كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

 La ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaz zalimin

“There is no god but You, exalted are You! Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.”

(Surah Al Anbiya, 21:87)

3. Dua for seeking refuge from severe calamity, misery, and to be freed from misfortune

Dua for anxiety, depression, misery and severe calamity

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ جَهْدِ الْبَلَاءِ، وَدَرَكِ الشَّقَاءِ، وَسُوءِ الْقَضَاءِ، وَشَمَاتَةِ الْأَعْدَاءِ

Allahumma inni a’uzu bika min jahdil-bala’, wa darki shaqa’, wa su’il-qadha’, wa shamatatil-a’da’

"O Allah, I seek refuge in You from severe calamity, from misery to fall upon me, from misfortune in the decree, and from the joys of the enemies."

(Sahih Al-Bukhari)

4. Dua to attain calmness of the heart from being anxious

Dua Prophet Musa for anxiety of speaking

رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي

Rabbi-shrah li sodri, wa yassir li amri, wahlul uqdatan min lisani yafqohu qawli

"Lord, lift up my heart and ease my task for me. Remove the impediment from my tongue so that they may understand my speech."

(Surah Taha, 20:25-28)

5. Dua for attaining confidence in Allah s.w.t.

Dua for anxiety, depression, stress by placing trust in Allah

رَبَّنَا عَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْنَا وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ

Robbana, ‘alaika tawakkalna, wa ilaika anabna, wa ilaikal-masir

"Our Lord! In You we have placed our trust, and to You we turn in repentance, and to You is the final return."

(Surah Al-Mumtahanah, 60:4)

6. Dua for hardship and distress

Dua for anxiety, depression, stress by placing trust in Allah

Allah s.w.t. will grant whoever recites this 7 times in the morning or evening sufficiency from which whatever matters that brings him or her grief:

حَسْبِيَ اللَّهُ لآ إلَهَ إلَّا هُوَ، عَلَيْهَ توَكَّلتُ، وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ

HasbiyAllahu la illaha illa Huwa, ‘alayhi tawakkaltu, wa Huwa Rabbul arshil azim

"Allah is sufficient for me. There is none worthy of worship but Him. I have placed my trust in Him, and He is the lord of the Majestic Throne."

(Sunan Abi Daud)

Allah is with you wherever you are, Insya’Allah. Seek the proper help you need, beyond invoking these prayers. Mental wellbeing is important and we have a duty to take care of it. Seeking professional medical intervention and support is essential and indeed part of our endeavour (ikhtiyar) in getting ourselves better.  

May Allah ease your worries, fears and anxiety and grant you calmness, peace and healing. Ameen.

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