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  • ibrahim8k
    started a topic Is Mental Illness a thing in Islam?

    Is Mental Illness a thing in Islam?

    When I ask sheikhs about Mental Illnesses and Psychological disorders like Depression, social anxiety. They give you the most cliche advice that anyone and their mother can give, "Don't listen to the waswas of Shaytan". Implying that these things aren't medical issues or serious.

    It shows how disconnected the sheikh nowadays are from the Ummah and the time we live in.
    Last edited by ibrahim8k; 11-05-18, 10:04 PM.

  • Abu Kamel
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    There are cultural lines drawn between Western secular thought about the mind, mental illness and mental health, and Islamic legal medical thought regarding these matters.

    I am in Arabia. There are MANY Muslim doctors and medical organizations of all kinds here who have developed an Islamic approach to these matters accordingly. I'm afraid Muslims living in the West are deprived of proper Muslim medical, scientific, and psychological guidance on this matter.

    On that note, I would encourage Muslims to consider performing medical tourism to Arabia, Khaleej, or even Turkey in pursuit of sound Muslim medical advise.

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  • i.carrim
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    Mental illness is largely not visible,unlike most physical illnesses.Diagnosis of the former is very often approximate whereas for the latter it is precise.There are also degrees of mental afflictions. Sufferers of mental illness call for compassion and understanding.

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  • muhajir12
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    Originally posted by coffeecat View Post

    Maybe you visited the wrong Shiekhs ?

    Most Sheikhs would advise you to look at medical reasons first.

    Some drugs and medicines can induce mental illness, and removing them or remedying them can make the
    person recover from it. Chemical imbalance in the body or brain can cause people to say and do some very loopy things.

    Mental illness (insanity in islamic terminology) is also a very real thing and so is depression. It can happen to anyone, but
    there are things we can do to protect ourselves - like having a strong Aqeedah and correct Islamic beliefs in predestination etc.

    It is different from Jinn possession in a number of ways.

    So its important to identify what kind of mental illness it is, because they all have their own signs and cures.
    You have a very good understanding of that and I agree with what you said.

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  • muhajir12
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    Originally posted by ibrahim8k View Post
    When I ask sheikhs about Mental Illnesses and Psychological disorders like Depression, social anxiety. They give you the most cliche advice that anyone and their mother can give, "Don't listen to the waswas of Shaytan". Implying that these things aren't medical issues or serious.

    It shows how disconnected the sheikh nowadays are from the Ummah and the time we live in.
    You make a good point. I used to think that mental illness didnt exist and taking medication for mental health problems was not halal but after asking many Islamic scholars, I found out that taking medication for mental health problems is actually halal as long as a doctor prescribes it for you.

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  • coffeecat
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    Originally posted by ibrahim8k View Post
    When I ask sheikhs about Mental Illnesses and Psychological disorders like Depression, social anxiety. They give you the most cliche advice that anyone and their mother can give, "Don't listen to the waswas of Shaytan". Implying that these things aren't medical issues or serious.

    It shows how disconnected the sheikh nowadays are from the Ummah and the time we live in.
    Maybe you visited the wrong Shiekhs ?

    Most Sheikhs would advise you to look at medical reasons first.

    Some drugs and medicines can induce mental illness, and removing them or remedying them can make the
    person recover from it. Chemical imbalance in the body or brain can cause people to say and do some very loopy things.

    Mental illness (insanity in islamic terminology) is also a very real thing and so is depression. It can happen to anyone, but
    there are things we can do to protect ourselves - like having a strong Aqeedah and correct Islamic beliefs in predestination etc.

    It is different from Jinn possession in a number of ways.

    So its important to identify what kind of mental illness it is, because they all have their own signs and cures.

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  • Abu 'Abdullaah
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    Originally posted by ibrahim8k View Post
    When I ask sheikhs about Mental Illnesses and Psychological disorders like Depression, social anxiety. They give you the most cliche advice that anyone and their mother can give, "Don't listen to the waswas of Shaytan". Implying that these things aren't medical issues or serious.
    Haha. How many shaykhs have you asked?

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