We all have heard the word “ Depression ” the standard definition of which is “The state of feeling very unhappy and without hope for the future”. In this Era, depression has become one of the most common traits present in the human beings, every third person out of five is at some level of depression. As the definition cites, there is sadness amongst with no hope for the future, emphasizing on this point, our religion Islam states the exact opposite of this:

وَلَا تَهِنُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُو

 Do not lose hope, nor be sad. (Qur’an 3:139)  

In the darkness of depression our religion Islam and our Holy book Quran is like a ray of hope, Imagine a room with no light in it, all you can see is just sheer blackness all around and suddenly a flicker of light emerges right around the corner and starts to grow, the room which was just now a representation of a pitch black stone is now showing signs of light. This description is exactly what happens when a person is in a state of depression, the blackness is in the heart and the suddenly emerging light? it is the Quran which is the only remedy for ill hearts.

In the Holy Quran, there are some Dua’s which can act as a remedy to the depressed hearts. Depression has its branches, it can come in many forms some of these forms are anxiety, stress, worry fear etc. In the Quran, we can find dua for depressiondua for stress, dua for anxiety and fear, dua for worries, dua for peace of mind and dua for anxiety. Below some of these dua’s are mentioned, the goal of combining them all together is to provide a compilation which can be easy to read and can be accessible at any time.

Dua for Depression:

This Dua for Depression is from Surah Duha when you read it along with its translation a little part of your heart which is deep in depression will shudder it off and a calmness will consume your heart:

وَالضُّحَى

وَاللَّيْلِ إِذَا سَجَى

مَا وَدَّعَكَ رَبُّكَ وَمَا قَلَى

وَلَلْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ لَّكَ مِنَ الْأُولَى

وَلَسَوْفَ يُعْطِيكَ رَبُّكَ فَتَرْضَى

“By the Glorious Morning Light,”“And by the Night when it is still, “Your Lord has neither forsaken you nor has He become displeased.” “And surely the hereafter will be better for you than the present (life).”“And soon your lord will grant you, and you shall be well-pleased.”

Dua for Stress:

اللّهُـمَّ رَحْمَتَـكَ أَرْجـوفَلا تَكِلـني إِلى نَفْـسي طَـرْفَةَ عَـيْن، وَأَصْلِـحْ لي شَأْنـي كُلَّـه لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أنْـت
O Allah, I hope for Your mercy. Do not leave me to myself even for the blinking of an eye (i.e. a moment). Correct all of my affairs for me. There is none worthy of worship but You. (Abu Dawud 4/324, Ahmad 5/42. Al-Albani graded it as good in Sahih Abu Dawud 3/959)
Dua for Anxiety and Fear:
ا يَفْتَحِ اللَّـهُ لِلنَّاسِ مِن رَّحْمَةٍ فَلَا مُمْسِكَ لَهَا ۖ وَمَا يُمْسِكْ فَلَا مُرْسِلَ لَهُ مِن بَعْدِهِ ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
‘Whatever of mercy (i.e.of good), Allāh may grant to mankind, none can withhold it, and whatever He may withhold, none can grant it thereafter. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.’ (Sūrah Fāṭir: 35:2)

Dua for Worries:

لّهُـمَّ إِنِّي أَعْوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَـمِّ وَ الْحُـزْنِ، والعًجْـزِ والكَسَلِ والبُخْـلِ والجُـبْنِ، وضَلْـعِ الـدَّيْنِ وغَلَبَـةِ الرِّجال.
O Allah , I seek refuge in you from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and overpowered by men (i .e . others).( Al-Bukhari 7/158. See also Al-Asqalani, Fathul-Bari 11/173)
Dua for peace of mind:

وَيَقُولُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَوْلآ اُنزِلَ عَلَيْهِ ءَايَةٌ مِن رَّبّـِهِ قُلْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُضِلُّ مَن يَشَآءُ وَيَهْدِي إِلَيْهِ مَنْ أَنَابَ

27. “And those who disbelieve say: ‘Why has a sign not been sent down upon him from his Lord?’ Say: ‘Verily Allah leaves to stray whomever He wills and guides unto Himself whomever turns (to Him in repentance)’.” (Surah Ar’-Ra’d)

Dua for anxiety:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي عَبْدُكَ ابْنُ عَبْدِكَ ابْنُ أَمَتِكَ نَاصِيَتِي بِيَدِكَ ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاءُكَ أَسْأَلُكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ سَمَّيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ أَوْ أَنْزَلْتَهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ ، أَوْ عَلَّمْتَهُ أَحَدًا مِنْ خَلْقِكَ أَوِ اسْتَأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الْغَيْبِ عِنْدَكَ ، أَنْ تَجْعَلَ الْقُرْآنَ رَبِيعَ قَلْبِي ، وَنُورَ صَدْرِي ، وَجَلاءَ حُزْنِي ، وذَهَا بَهَمِّي

“O Allah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your handmaid, my forelock is in Your hand (i.e. You have total mastery over me), Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just.” I ask You by every name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Qur’an the life of my heart and the light of my bosom, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety. (Ahmad No# 3712, Ibn Hibban in his Sahih # 972)
We hope these Dua’s are a source of peace and tranquillity for the hearts in need. Not only these are easy to read and learn by heart but also they are doors to a deeper understanding with our Rabb, our lord, ALLAH (S.W.T). May ALLAH bless us all, Ameen.