Article Reference: Yaqeen Institute 

Yaqeen Institute has a section titled "What Islam Says About…" on its website, providing information about various aspects of Islamic teachings. Within this section, readers can explore topics ranging from the Basics of Islam, covering fundamental questions about the faith and its pillars, Hajj and Umrah, shedding light on their importance and impact.

Additionally, in that section you get the chance to get information on some more sensitive topics like Peace & Violence, offering clarity on Islam's stance regarding terrorism, jihad, and more!

During this Mental Health Awareness Month, Yaqeen Institute extends its guidance to address frequently asked questions about mental health and wellness from Muslims. Through that section, Muslims can gain valuable insights into Islam's perspective on spirituality, women's rights, and the holistic well-being of believers, as explained by Islamic teachings and principles.

Below we will list some of the FAQs about mental health and wellness answered by Yaqeen Institute! 

How does Islam nourish our emotional well-being? 

Islam provides a sense of purpose and emotional fulfillment through the closeness to Allah, which is essential for mental health and preventing and treating mental illness. Islam's spirituality, centered on servitude, surrender, and surrender to the Almighty, offers freedom and relief through worship, prayer, and supplication. The concept of Divine Destiny, which shifts our thinking from questioning ourselves to a deeper sense of God-consciousness, provides a strong anchor for life.

Does Islam provide guidelines on how to deal with mental illness?

Yes. Muslim scholars have long discussed mental illness, emphasizing the importance of spiritual and clinical treatments. In clinical psychology and psychiatry, spirituality is increasingly recognized as a crucial part of mental illness prevention and treatment. Studies show that increased spirituality and religiosity in adolescence correlate with better mental health. However, this does not mean minimizing other forms of treatment, as Muslim scholars understood this delicate balance centuries before modern psychiatry.

How can one understand and navigate sadness and grief in Islam?

Islamic texts acknowledge the validity of negative emotions and provide guidelines for healthy handling. The Qur'an encourages reorienting our perspective and avoiding attachment to the world. Pursuing virtue leads to ultimate happiness in the Hereafter. Muslims recognize sadness and grief as normal emotions, and the Duha Approach offers practical strategies to manage these feelings. This approach helps draw closer to God and promotes health and constructive coping mechanisms.

“Wealth and children are the adornments of the life of this world, but that which endures, [such as] righteous deeds, is better in reward with thy Lord, and better [as a source] of hope.”

(Qur’an 18:46)

What does Islam teach about managing anxiety, depression, and self-doubt?

Islamic teachings validate negative emotions and mindsets, providing practical tips to overcome them. Human nature is prone to anxiety and fear, and practicing the sunnah of husn al-dhann (having a good opinion of others) can help. Recognizing the Prophet ﷺ's difficulties and remembering that there are blessings and opportunities in difficulties and suffering is essential. Allah is always with us, even if the world seems against us.

There are many more questions answered on the wellness and mental health matter. 

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