Life #16 My mental health is overwhelming. Can Islam help

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In this segment, the speaker discusses the importance of Islam's reassurance and healing process for mental health struggles. The speaker explains that Islam provides guidance on how to handle mental health struggles, including the importance of not being in a mental state or causing fear and tension. The speaker also emphasizes the need to be mindful of words and messages when talking to someone in mental health, as it is a vulnerable state.

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My mental health is a struggle, can Islam

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help?

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All of us struggle with some form of

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mental health.

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Some of us may have anxiety,

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stress,

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depression,

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all forms of mental health. Does Islam help

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us cope and navigate through any form of

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mental health?

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Absolutely.

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Our prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam during the

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Meccan phase

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was a really difficult time for his prophethood.

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He was constantly

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persecuted,

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he was called every name in the book,

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He was constantly threatened all because

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he was Muslim

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and he was a prophet

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trying to convey a message

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of unity,

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of coming back and worshiping

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one true creator.

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All of these things

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certainly took a toll on the mental health

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of our Prophet alaihis salat wasalam.

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So Allah reveals a very beautiful verse at

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the end of Suratul Hijal. Listen to this

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verse.

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Allah Ansojal says,

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Allah gives him reassurance.

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We have complete knowledge

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of what is happening in your chest based

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on what they're saying about

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you. You know how we say words can

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kill?

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So the words of the Quraysh and the

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Mushrikun,

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especially in Mecca,

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really hurt the Prophet alaihis salatu wasalam.

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So what does Allah do?

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The first thing Allah does

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the first thing Allah does is He gives

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reassurance

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to His Prophet alaihis salatu wasalam that he's

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not alone.

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We have knowledge.

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You know that's Quran's way of saying I'm

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right here, I know what's going on, I

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know how you feel, I know what you're

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going through.

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So don't worry, we have complete knowledge. Now

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put that in perspective.

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It's like reaching out to someone

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and just asking them how are they doing.

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You haven't heard from them in a while.

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You sent a text message. You didn't get

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no response.

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Just reaching out and letting someone know you're

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there is part of a healing process for

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mental health.

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Then Allah highlights the exact problem.

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Based on what they're saying we know it's

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caused within

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you the sense of fear and tension,

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confusion,

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loss,

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not

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understanding which direction is this going to, why

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is this happening to me. So the second

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point is reassurance that not only am I

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here to support you, but I'm also here

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because I understand

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how you feel.

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Now listen to the cure, the next ayah.

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The first thing the prophet

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is told

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That's number 1.

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That's number 2.

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That's number 3.

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Number 4. So listen to these 4 step

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by step guide in this eye from

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Allah to cope with and recover from mental

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health struggles.

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Number 1, fasabih bihamdi rabbik Allah says make

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tasbih

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of Allah by praising Him.

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You know what tasbih is? Tasbih

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are phrases that we say to elevate the

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status and authority of Allah.

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So saying SubhanAllah

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these types of phrases

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all fit in tasbir.

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You're raising the authority of Allah in your

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life.

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Why is that important?

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Because when you feel during your mental health

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struggle, feel like you have no control,

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it's a reminder

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Allah is always in control.

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People won't control you.

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It's a way of reminding your heart and

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your mind, wait a minute,

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why am I so worried about what people

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have said about me or done to me?

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Allah is in control.

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Allah is the one that I should trust.

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Allah is the one that I should hold

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on to for reassurance.

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Number 2,

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it's one thing to say to usbih. Now

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Allah wants action from us. So he says

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be amongst those who are making sajda.

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You know why it's beautiful

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that sajdah

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to prostrate, why it's highlighted in this area?

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We all know when are we closest to

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Allah in prayer?

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In sujood.

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So indirectly by Allah saying be amongst those

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who make

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sujood, He's indirectly saying just get close to

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me,

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I'm right here, pour your heart out to

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me, talk to me

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and do it especially

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when you're in

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sujud.

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So

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here you are, you've started

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praising Allah.

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Number 2, you got out of the bed,

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you got out of the room, you got

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out of that state, and you started moving

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your life again.

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Cause a lot of people when they struggle

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severely with mental health they lose their appetite.

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They isolate themselves. They don't want to talk

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to nobody. Don't want to be around anybody.

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Because why? That mental health state has grappled

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them to such an extent that they literally

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don't want to be around anyone.

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So this

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process helps to break that cycle.

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So after now of being amongst those who

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are in sujud,

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Allah

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says

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this is the life you should carry on

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with. Just worship your Master, worship Allah.

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What is the real message

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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does not want you to go back to

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the state that you were in.

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So he tells you in a very subtle

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way

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turn your whole life into worship. In other

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words,

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as long as you continue from now

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until the ultimate certainty comes which is death.

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So is Allah is really indirectly

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saying

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go on this journey,

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stay close to me and worship me, don't

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ever break that link between you and me,

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and do this for the rest of your

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life. You know what's really beautiful?

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The word Yaqeen in this ayah means death.

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But Allah does not spell it out or

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say it explicitly,

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death.

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It's replaced with something a little more subtle,

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yaktim.

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Why?

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Death is the last thing you want to

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mention to somebody going through mental health struggles.

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You don't want to put those names and

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that kind of image in their mind because

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why? They're in a very delicate and vulnerable

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state. So you have to be very cautious

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of the language and try to find lighter

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words and messages to get your point across.

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It's so beautiful how subtle Allah

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is in this ayam,

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but at the same time it's so powerful

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and so clear.

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Live your life where you are constantly

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connected with Him. Insha'Allah,

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mental health,

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whether it is there or not,

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it will never control you.

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You instead

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make it easy for you.

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make it easy for you.