A summary of a more detailed comprehensive lecture on the topic delivered at the Kensington Prayer Facility, in Harare, Zimbabwe,
As human beings, the unknown and things upon which we have no control over inherently distress us. This is because Allah سبحانه وتعالى has created us as anxious human beings. As the Qur’an says, “indeed, mankind was created anxious” [70:19] Everyone experiences stress for many different reasons, the most common of which are circumstantial realities, such as the death of a loved one, prolonged sickness, or financial difficulties. However, some people are created with an intrinsically anxious demeanor causing them to be more easily stressed than others, and this is a physical reality (i.e. They have been created this way)
We know that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم experienced a great deal of stress when his people refused to accept his message. Allah سبحانه وتعالى knew the emotional attachment the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم had to this message and the physical impact such stress was causing him, and thus he revealed the verses “and perhaps you will kill yourself (or invoke a great deal of harm) if they do not believe in this message, out of sorrow.”[18:6]
Even though we understand stress to be a creation from the creations of Allah سبحانه وتعالى we should understand that Allah سبحانه وتعالى does not reveal a sickness except that he reveals its cure, and thus we should take the following prescribed medicine as an antidote to stress.
As physical stress requires physical intervention by healthcare professionals, we will focus on ten ways to manage circumstantial stress from an Islamic perspective.
1. Mental coaching
As mentioned in surat al-Baqarah, “Allah does not burden any human being beyond what they can bear.”[2:286] Allah سبحانه وتعالى will never give us responsibilities that we cannot handle and thus we need to trust that if Allah سبحانه وتعالى brought us to it, He سبحانه وتعالى will surely take us through it. Just like the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and his companions went through times of hardship as a minority during the early days of Islam, their persistence and trust in Allah سبحانه وتعالى got them through it and established them as the new ruling majority. We need to have this firm belief, constantly revisiting and mentally coaching ourselves through this knowledge, to ensure that we do not feel defeated before the battle has even begun.
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