How Surah Ad Duha Can Help with Mental Health
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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam ala sherfield MBL mursaleen Nabina Muhammad Anwar early he was sacked me he admitted in a bad a Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh My dearest brothers, sisters, and all people watching this this is a short explanation of a beautiful chapter in the Quran known as Surah to Doha, and how it ties in with mental health. Now when you hear that the Quran is a cure, you might think that the Quran is a cure for spiritual diseases, diseases such as things with black magic or the UV light. But in reality, the Quran when it says it is a cure, it refers to all types of diseases, whether they are
physical, whether they are spiritual, or even if they are to do with mental health. Where does it say the Quran is a cure? Well, we find this unsalted is syrup. In the verse 82 Allah's father says, Why don't Azumino Qurani man was Shiva warahmatu little meaning and we have revealed the Quran to be a form of cure, as well as mercy for the believers. And the scholars they explain that though this means that the Quran has the power to remove doubt from the heart and things that are associated with that. And they by tying up one's faith, it can also mean that the Quran has the power to remedy other diseases to with the body and even the mind. And when we talk about Surah two Baha, you will
see how this actually relates to mental health and more importantly, how it provides guidance on us Muslims to benefit from that guidance to deal with our own mental health. Now, what's crucial is the backstory, this Surah it was revealed to the process in the very early days. In fact, some scholars say this was the fourth Surah to be revealed to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And so the narration ethnic theater goes that all of a sudden Gibreel Addison I'm stopped visiting the prophets that Allahu Allah Salam, and Revelation seized. Now this affected the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, and people noticed that especially his enemies, and some of the Quraysh, they said that his
master must hate him, and has said goodbye to him. Allah who long they would say the word Allah is important because it's mentioned inside the surah. And it means that Allah hates him. And also what Daraa who he has said goodbye to him. And this, some scholars say happened and continued for two weeks, some say it was actually 40 days, and some even say it was 50 days. And in that time, people began to speak and say nasty things about the prophets and allies, and that affected him. This was a struggle, this was a trial and it wasn't a trial to do with the body. Rather, there was a trial to do with the mind because how the person was thinking, actually, what am I done? Have I done
something wrong? Why is the client stop coming to me? Is Allah really upset with me? Is it true what they are saying that Allah doesn't want me anymore? And all these emotions are swirling around his mind and to finally that pause and revelation came to an end and Allah re began it with what Surah Surah to Baja, well, Baja well lately either sajer MA or Dakka Dakka. Allah, and by the morning race, and by the calmness of the night your Master does not hate you, nor has he said goodbye Subhanallah could you imagine how the Prophet sallallahu Sallam would have felt when he heard those verses being revealed to him and listening to them and feeling them experiencing the very first time
you would have been happy, just for the Quran to be restarted. But the words that Allah used were there to inspire the process, and to change and lift his mood. So if we dive into these verses, one by one, we'll be able to pick out loads of lessons as well to do with mental health and to deal with things like anxiety and stress and even depression. So let's begin with verse number one, what Doha and verse number two well lately either Sajha these two verses are completing a picture. The first one Allah says, and I swear by Doha, which is the morning time and the sunrays that are shone at that time, so this is the time in the morning, where you wake up, and the sun is beaming. And also,
the early time of the day, gives you a sense of hope and optimism of renew and a sense of freshness. And that is coupled with the second verse, where lately either a soldier and I swear by the night either soldier and the word soldier was used by Arab speak about the ocean Sehgal. Baja is a part of the ocean which is calm without the waves being choppy, and it refers to also a part of the night, a time of the night where everyone is sleeping, everything is still in calm. So these two the light and the darkness are coming together to produce this picture of calmness of tranquility of serene
Unity in order for Allah to say something important, and that is verse number three, ma Dhaka Buka Wellmark. Allah your Lord has not what Dhaka which means to say goodbye. Like when the processor did his heads, we call that HYDRA to where they're the same word because it was his first and final pilgrimage, we also say that the last dough off in Hogeschool, falafel Wahdat, the final or the farewell throw off. So when Allah says, I haven't said goodbye to you, it means that when I stopped revolution, you shouldn't have taken that as a sign that I no longer want anything to do with you anymore. And then I'm not going to reveal anything to you anymore. And then I don't want you to be
my prophet anymore. And on top of that, Allah said, One Mao Allah, and I do not hate you. Now this is a choice of word based on what people were saying they were saying, perhaps his Lord hates him. Now, Allah said, on the contrary, I do not hate you. And even the word is interesting, because the word Allah comes from PETA, which refers to a substance that the Arabs would use to wash and scrub their clothes. So imagine at home, you're washing your plates, and you have some favorite liquid. And then what happens is that you wash them, but there's some of those bubbles left. And what you want to do is want to get rid of that. So the part that you want to get rid of is from the root word
color. So in essence, it doesn't mean that Allah doesn't hate you. Rather, it means that a lot has not discarded, you does not want to let you go does not want to, you know does not think that you are worthless, something that he's going to discard SubhanAllah. So this is the first part of sort of Doha, and it is words of reassurance. Now we take a step back, and just look at the way the sword actually flows, it's quite remarkable.
So the first part is words of reassurance, then will come words of promise that Allah will promise the processor them that you know what your future is going to be better than your past, and things are going to get better for you. I promise you that. Then comes evidence and proof, somebody that is upset somebody that is grieving or suffering some type of pain, they would want not just reassurance but they would want some kind of proof that how can I be positive about the future, and give me a reason to be optimistic about the future. And so Allah will provide the process and evidence that proof then, in fact, can relate to our own lives that can help us to be optimistic about the future.
And then finally, the last part of the sort of Doha, after the Prusa presented is, what should you do now? What is the next step for you to take? How should you now continue to live your life? So we've covered the first part. Now we go into the second part, which is promise, Allah says, What on earth here are two how you do like I'm in an EU law. And I swear to it, that you are Cara, which can be translated as your future, how you don't will be better than your past. And the scholars differ as to what this refers to. Some of the scholars say, it refers to Allah saying that your hereafter, your life, after this worldly life is going to be better than your life on this earth. Others say
no, it refers to the future in this life, ie your life up until now is nothing compared to what is going to be going forward. And this is also pretty interesting, because here the process enemies, probably thinking, you know, I've become a prophet of Allah, people have turned against me, even Gibreel has stopped visiting me now, this is all turning out to be a bit of a disaster. And Allah says, Actually, your future is going to be far brighter than everything that you've experienced until now.
Now, if we think about this, from our own perspective, how can this help us? Well, it can actually, because if you are stuck in a rut and maybe feeling quite low, and you feeling some kind of sadness or pain, you are in the present, thinking about those problems and those worries and those stresses. But you could take the meaning of this verse and apply it to yourself or to actually, as a Muslim, who believes in Allah and the Last Day, is my future going to be better than my past? We've take the first view that the future refers to the Asherah life after this, the answer is yes. Because if even if I live in this life as a poor person, or a sick person, or a person with some type of problem,
even if that is a huge problem. If I die with faith, I will end up in paradise. And when I'm in paradise, I will enjoy myself so much that I forget about all of these words. In fact, they will become so trivial that I will probably forget about them. And in fact, in an authentic hadith process, Adam said on the Day of Judgment, Allah will bring a person who suffered the most in this world, somebody I don't know who didn't have any parents, somebody who maybe lived in a war torn country, and never had a hot meal in their life. Really
have, you know, a very, very low type of life. But he believes in Allah. And Allah will say, will dip this person into paradise for the blinking of an eye and remove him and then say to him, Did you experience any suffering? Did you see any type of hardship, this person will say, I swear by you Allah, I never experienced any hardship, nor did I see any suffering Subhan Allah, why did he say this, because just a just a site of Paradise will overwhelm the senses with so much pleasure and enjoyment that it makes you forget about everything bad in the dunya. And I like to think of the example of a mother that the nine months up into the delivery are difficult to they are riddled
with, you know, hardship and difficulty and stress and, you know, the morning sickness and everything else, and then even the labor pains as well, the you know, the amount of pain we will never be able to appreciate as a man. But you know, we can see it say that it is one of the most difficult things a person has to go through. But the moment she holds a baby in her hand, in that moment, she smiles, and she's happy. And perhaps she has forgotten about all the nine months of pain that she has suffered. Imagine then how it will be like in paradise. So we'll get to why you don't like me at all, I can apply to us, that we can look at this verse and think actually, I might be
suffering right now. But as a believer, this world is temporary, which means my problems are temporary, and therefore look to the future. In paradise, I will do it myself. Sometimes I'll forget about all of these things. May Allah make us people a paradise a llama, I mean, that's the first promise. The second promise Allah says, While itself a year I'll take care of Buka the Taliban, your Lord is going to soon give you something that is going to please you and hear the scholars they,
you know, they think they tried to postulate What is it referring to the gift that Allah is talking about. And some say that Allah is talking about the rewards in paradise that the person who is going to get so many rewards in paradise, that is going to make him so happy. Others say actually is talking about this life, that soon Allah is going to bless him with victory that Mecca is home, which is right now, you know, the place of idol worship.
And all of those immoralities is soon going to be liberated, the eyes have been removed, and it's going to be restored the worship Allah subhanho wa Taala that is the gift or the say no, which refers to His followers, that Allah is going to give him so many followers. So many people are going to be loyal and devoted to him. So Allahu Allah wa salam, that that is what is going to make him happy. re in reality, it's probably all of those things, and more. And again, that can apply to us as well. That there's many good deeds that we have done in our life that we haven't yet seen the reward of. We haven't felt the pleasure of Allah experience yet, but it is to come Subhanallah in
the grave the process that I'm tells us that when the believer is entered inside the grave, you will see a figure in the distance, which is very handsome, dress in fine clothes, smelling a beautiful perfume. And you will ask that person as he approaches Who are you and that person will say I am your good deeds Subhanallah your Salah, you're reading the Quran, you're making the I will all come together to become a friend, that will be next you in the grave. And so you will begin to experience the rewards of your heart of your good deeds that you did in this life. So these are some promises that Allah gives the process to them. And then the proofs, how can I be convinced that Allah is
going to look after me that I have all these things to look forward to? Allah says, LM Yeji they carry a team and then we find you as an orphan, and gave you our which means a place of refuge. See, if you go back in the life of the process, we know that he was born and his father passed away before he entered this world life. And then further to that his mother, Amina passed away when he was six. And then who was he given into the care of it was his grandfather, Abdullah, Look, buddy for two years. And then after that his uncle will Dileep who looked after him for the longest period of time. Every time that the process Saddam, found himself as a child in difficulty, even as an
orphan. Allah said I was there looking after you. And it wasn't as he was given in the care of anybody. He was given to the care of the best people of the motorists. His grandfather was the chief have been Hashem and so he got to experience luxuries and you got to experience being grown up being brought up amongst you know, the elite of Moroccan society, things that he would rely upon later on when he becomes a leader. So along with this is evidence number one, when you were an orphan, I looked after you and then second or Jada Koba learn for her and then we find you a BA. And this is difficult to translate somebody some may say misguide. Do we find
You misguided further and guide you. But there is a better way to understand this. And that is the word ball, though it can be misguided. People often think of a spiritual sense somebody's misguided, meaning that they are off the straight path. But there's a linguistic way to understand it a more literal way, which is a person is going down a road, and then it forks into two, and they don't know which way to go. They require guidance at this stage. In the same way, the process before the age of 40, he knew that Allah desserty worship alone, and that worshipping idols is wrong. But exactly how to worship Allah was unknown to him. And he wanted that guidance. And so Allah says, we saw that
need that craving inside of you further and regarded you. And just like we gave you the best caretaker in the form your grandfather and uncle, we gave you the best form of guidance, which is what the Quran SubhanAllah. So look, this is a proof number two, that you needed this guidance, and you were yearning for it, and I gave it to you. And then the third proof if that wasn't enough, or were dedica alrighty then for Elena, and then we find you are ill, which means financially in a needy situation. For Elena and we enriched you. The Scholars say this refers to the process when he became a man, and he was trying to work. And yet because of his uncle Muttalib, who wasn't very
rich, he then had to provide for his uncle and the people under his uncle's care, and so the person wasn't rich. In fact, he went through financial difficulty. And one of the ways in which Allah took care of him is that Allah gave him Khadija Radi Allahu Tirana. And it was through marriage to Khadija that he became enriched. And therefore Allah is saying, when you needed financial support, we gave you the best version of that in the form of a loving, loyal wife, who would give you what you needed to, to complete your mission as the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So these are the three proofs. And in the same way that we did before, we can apply this to ourselves
as well. Because
when we were born into this worldly life, perhaps we weren't orphan, like the process of them, but we were vulnerable. When we were a child, we couldn't do anything for ourselves, we can eat for ourselves, we can clothe ourselves, we can use the toilet ourselves. And yet, Allah gave us who our parents who looked after us, and brought us up and gave us what we needed.
It wasn't just our parents, it was ALLAH, who gave us those parents who gave us the love that the parent has for their child. Similarly, through your own history, you can trace back times when you were vulnerable, you are needy, you're desperate, and Allah came through for you. Therefore, when you look at the future, and you're thinking, hang on a minute, I'm not sure. Is this going to work out for me? Am I going to be poor? Am I going to be sick and and you're pessimistic? What should you do? Look at your past as how many times Allah has helped you, fed you closed you. And then you can draw upon that and become positive to do with your future. The very way Allah is talking to the
process of them, is the same way that you can envisage yourself being spoken to, by Allah subhanho wa Taala for the Quran is a guide for all of us. And so that brings us to the last and final part, so at the heart, which is after the first part, which was words of reassurance, and then the promises, and then the proves the last part is okay, now, what do I do with all of this guidance that you've given me now Allah, or all this empowering information and knowledge? What should I now do going forward? Allah says that Amelia Dima, for the Dakar. So when it comes to the orphan, which you will once upon a time for that to occur, do not be oppressive towards them. Dakar can mean when
you are nasty towards an orphan, but also any person in society who is vulnerable, that, you know, you shouldn't be nasty towards them, you shouldn't be mean to be cold, you shouldn't take advantage of them. And the implication is what you should be the opposite. You shouldn't be somebody who takes care of them, who looks after them, who cares and looks after the needy and the vulnerable. That is your first step going forward. As if to say that because Allah looked after you, you should want to look after other people Subhan Allah. So for Amelia Dima fella Dakar, one Messiah Isla fella, Tana, when it comes to this, which can mean a beggar who asked for money, or it can mean a person who
asked questions or somebody who needs guidance, somebody who wants answers to difficult questions or they're going through a problem and they want your advice when it comes to that person. For that done what Allah says don't turn them away. And this mirrors the second crisis because Allah said, Didn't you when you seeking guidance, and then I guided you. In the same way now that you have been guided and being given knowledge? When people come to you and ask for your help and advice? What should you do? You should pass on that knowledge. You shouldn't be stingy.
You shouldn't be mozzie rather, you should be generous with the knowledge Allah has given you. And if you are equipped to help somebody you should help them. And then the final piece of advice Allah gives will be near Madeira, Becca had this when it comes to the blessing of Allah speak about it. And what does this mean speak about your blessing. The Scholars say, one of the meanings is the biggest blessing in your life is the Quran. And therefore that is the one you speak to others about. And what that means is if you know anything to do with the Quran, even in one verse, you should try to share that knowledge with other people in your life, your friends, your family, your children,
you should speak to them about this blessing. The other meaning is, if you
had a conversation with somebody who's going through a difficult time, you can lean on a blessing that Allah has given you to inspire this person, for example, your friend, Valjean says, you know, I just lost my job, I don't know we're gonna do how we're gonna pay the bills, it's so difficult, you can say, You know what, I actually was in a similar situation not too long ago, where I lost my job, I was getting some difficulty. And you know, I made to get some sadaqa. And you know, Allah, He blessed me with a with a with a job that paid even better than the one before and have managed to get out of debt. So now you're speaking about your blessing, only to inspire another person. So that
means that when you're looking to other people in your life, you can say, if Allah has blessed me, then surely that means he wants me to be an inspiration to other people as well. So going forward, now, you've taken yourself from position where perhaps you were, you know, lonely, perhaps you were in sadness or suffering or there was some kind of issue in your life. You've learned how to give that meaning through sort of the Baha in a way that is positive and uplifting. And you have now transformed yourself into an inspiration that goes about helping other people that were, that are in the same place that you were once upon a time and in that way, sort of the heart completes itself,
and the meaning that it presents as well. As you can see, the surah contains so many lessons and a lot of them are to do with this, the mind that we must appreciate that to be a complete believer must look after our physical self, our spiritual self, but also our mental self. And that is what the process had meant when he said that the strong believer is more beloved and better to Allah than the weak one, though in all of them. There is goodness, strong, physically, strong, spiritually, and strong. Mentally, I pray that Allah subhanaw taala inspires us with the words of source of help, and allows us to internalize the meanings and also inspires us to want to study the Quran more as well.
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