Islamic Studies

Treatment of Worry, Anxiety and Sadness

Treatment for worry, anxiety, and sadness can vary depending on the severity of the symptoms and underlying causes. Common treatments include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), medication, relaxation techniques, exercise, and lifestyle changes. In addition, the believers should make DUAs for the proactive and reactive protection from worry, anxiety and sadness.

Abridged from ‘Provisions for the Hereafter’ by Imam Ibn Qayyim, the following discussion is presented.

It is reported in the ‘Saheehayn’ that the Messenger of Allah (sm), used to say whenever he was worried:


“None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, the Most Great, the Most Forbearing, none has the right to be worshipped except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty, Throne, none has the right to be worshipped except Allah, the Lord of the Heavens, the Lord of the earth and the Lord of the Supreme Throne.”
And it is narrated by At-Tirmidhi, on the authority of Anas  that the Messenger of Allah (sm) used to say:


“O, You, the Ever-living, the Sustainer and Protector of all that exists, By Your Mercy I seek aid.”

And At-Tirmidhi also narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah that whenever the Messenger of Allah (sm), was anxious about something, he would raise his eyes to the heaven and say:


“Glorified be Allah, the Most Great.”
And if he applied himself in supplication, he would add:

“O, You, the Ever-living, the Sustainer and Protector of all that exists.”

And Abu Dawud has narrated on the authority of Abu Bakr As Siddeeq  in a Marfu’ form that he said:

“O, Allah! I seek Your Mercy, so do not entrust me to myself (even) for the blink of an eye; remedy all of my affairs, for there is none worthy of worship except You.”

Abu Dawud also narrated on the authority of Asma’ bint ‘Umais that she said: “The Messenger of Allah (sm) said to me:

“Shall I not teach you words which you may say in times of distress? (They are): “Allau Rabbee, La Ushriku Bihi Shay’an” (Allah is my Lord, I will not associate anything with Him).

And Ahmad has narrated on the authority of Ibn Masud– in a Marfu’ form that he said: “Whenever a slave is afflicted by anxiety or sadness and he says:

“0, Allah! I am Your slave and the son of your male slave and your female slave; I am in Your Power. Your Command concerning me prevails and Your Decision concerning me is just. I call upon You by every one of the beautiful Names by which You have described Yourself, or which You have revealed in Your Book, or have taught anyone of Your creatures, or which You have chosen to keep in the Knowledge of the unseen with You, to make the Mighty Qur’an the delight of my heart, the light of my breast and the remover of my anxieties and sorrows), Allah will remove his anxiety and sadness and substitute in place of it happiness.”

At-Tirmidhi narrated on the authority of Sa’d in a Marfu’ form:

“A Muslim man never supplicates using the words of Dhun Nun except that it is answered”.

And in another version:

“Verily I will teach you words which, whenever a person afflicted by grief says them, Allah will relieve him of it: They are the words of my brother, Jonah.”

And Abu Dawud has narrated that the Prophet (sm) said to Abu Umamah:

“Shall I not teach you words which, if you said them, Allah, the Almighty, the All-Powerful will remove your anxiety and discharge your debt? Say in the morning and at night:

“Oh, Allah! I seek refuge with You from anxiety and sadness and I seek refuge with You from inability and laziness and I seek refuge with You from cowardice and miserliness and I seek refuge with You from being overcome by debt and from the oppression of men.

Abu Umamah said: “So I did that and Allah, the Almighty, the All-Powerful removed my anxieties and discharged my debts.”


And Abu Dawud narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas in a Marfu’ form:

“Whoever was constant in seeking forgiveness from Allah, Allah will make a release for him from every trouble and a way out for him from every oppression and He will sustain him from whence he does not expect.”

And in ‘Al-Musnad’ (by Imam Ahmad), it is reported that when something serious happened to the Messenger of Allah (sm) would seek refuge in prayer.

And it is reported from Ibn ‘Abbas in a Marfu’ form:

“Whoever was seized by many anxieties and afflictions should repeat frequently the words:

“There is nor power and no strength except in Allah”.

And it has been confirmed in the ‘Saheehayn’ that it (i.e. the saying . “La Hawla Wa La Quwwata Illa Billah”) is a treasure from among the treasures of Paradise.


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