Alleviating Stress in your life
1.Zikr (Remembering Allah): "Those who believe, and
whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of
Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do
hearts find comfort (Qur'an, 13:28)."
2. Meditation (Salat): "O you who believe! Seek
assistance through patience and prayer; surely, Allah is
with the patient (Qur'an, 2:153)." Regardless of the
type of meditation, recent studies have verified the
physiological effects of meditation. Most of those
mediations consist in focusing on something, repeating
some words and breathing (Greenberg, p.142, 143).
3. Forgiveness: "Ask forgiveness of your Lord; surely,
He is the most Forgiving"
(Qur'an, 71:10). Allah is forgiving. If you forgive
others, it frees you from constraint.
4. Recitation of Qur'an: The Prophet (s) said, "...
Qur'an is a remedy for illnesses of the mind" (Bukhari).
"The echo of sound has a curative effect and is now
widely utilized," says Dr. Greenberg. "The recitation of
or listening to the Qur'an has an effect on the body,
mind and heart! Listening to beautiful rythem of Sura
Al-Rahman is soothing and ensures comfort and peace of
mind. It is said that the letter Alif echoes to heart,
while the letter Ya' resonates with the pineal
gland in the brain.
Dr Ahmed El Kadi of Akber Clinic (Panama City, FL)
conducted and published the effects of listening to
Qur'anic recitation on physiological parameters
(i.e., the heart, blood pressure, and muscle tension),
and reported improvement in all factors, irrespective of
whether the listener was a Muslim or a non-Muslim, Arab
or non-Arab. Obviously, it can be postulated that those
who understand and enjoy the recitation with a
belief in it will get maximum benefits," writes Dr Athar
5.Positive thinking: Do not dwell on the bad things of
the past; think of good things, always having hoping for
the better. Trying to change the past is not wise. It is
waste of time. The Prophet (s) said, " Know that success
comes through patience, and that ease comes through
We will not panic in a crisis, nor reason be distressed
or worried, when we believe our Prophet that after
hardship comes ease!
6. Do not waste time on thoughts of fear or stress: "The
waste of time and procrastination are two main causes of
stress" (Seyle, p.102). Remain active and do things on
time. Avoid laziness; Prophet (s) used to seek refuge in
Allah from it. Understanding that this life is short and
time precious, we should work hard and pursue worthy
1.Athar, Shahid, MD. "Modern Stress and Its Cure From
2.Greenberg, Jerrold S. CSM = Comprehensive Stress
Management. WCB: McGraw-Hill. 1999.
3.Munajjid, Sheik Muhammad. Book of Sheikh Muhammed
Salih Al-Munajjid: Dealing with Stress and Worries.
5.Seyle, Hans. The Stress Without Distress. N.Y.:
6.Shakir Translation. Holy Qur'an