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    has faith helped you in fighting depression?

    i dont think i will ever end up believing in something but i envy religious people since i think believing in something possible after the inevitable death, believing that there is someone up there who is supporting you etc. is helpful when it comes to overcoming life's difficulties. in atheist/agnostic groups the number of people suffering from depression is overrepresented. it s something that most atheists/agnostics would not admit but it s the sad truth .

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    When i start clinging more to this world, i get sad depressed i miss things in my life, i value what people say/do and they always dissapoint, i think of how i can be better, prettier, etc etc its a never ending list.

    But when my belief strengthens i realise this world is nothing but a pit stop, i need nothing from this world nothing at all, and im here only to make my way to the hereafter, so this thought, inclines fear in the heart, but love for Allah and for the hereafter, and then u realise nothing is worth being depressed about in this world, we're just wanders
    يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُمْ وَٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

    O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous

    Surah Al Baqarah ayah 21

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      #3
      Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

      Originally posted by nikitasmith View Post
      i dont think i will ever end up believing in something but i envy religious people since i think believing in something possible after the inevitable death, believing that there is someone up there who is supporting you etc. is helpful when it comes to overcoming life's difficulties. in atheist/agnostic groups the number of people suffering from depression is overrepresented. it s something that most atheists/agnostics would not admit but it s the sad truth .
      Yeah it helps a lot.

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        #4
        Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

        We never had depression, divorces, mental issues, avoidance of children, anti-social behaviour etc. in Bosnia before. If someone lays in bed and says they can't do anything because they're sad, the parents would cure it by saying "get up and get to work or I will give you something to be sad about" - and it worked lol, because it's not an empty promise, and then you can't find the time to think about how everything sucks and how everything is impossible or horrible.
        Say what somebody can do instead of the haram if you want to help.

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          #5
          Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

          Originally posted by nikitasmith View Post
          i dont think i will ever end up believing in something but i envy religious people since i think believing in something possible after the inevitable death, believing that there is someone up there who is supporting you etc. is helpful when it comes to overcoming life's difficulties. in atheist/agnostic groups the number of people suffering from depression is overrepresented. it s something that most atheists/agnostics would not admit but it s the sad truth .
          We believe as Muslims we are created with a purpose to worship our Creator, and that Allah teaches in the Quran:

          And whoever turns away from My remembrance - indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.
          Quran translation, Surah Taha, 20:124

          This purpose is known to us internally, this is our fitrah, our natural internal disposition to worship our Creator, similar to what psychologists call reverence instinct.

          Turning away from that natural disposition, failing to remember our Creator only leads people to difficulties, the modern lsocieties doctrine of freedom and liberalism is a lie, and will only lead people eventually to their own and societies destruction.
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            Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

            Originally posted by nikitasmith View Post
            i dont think i will ever end up believing in something but i envy religious people since i think believing in something possible after the inevitable death, believing that there is someone up there who is supporting you etc. is helpful when it comes to overcoming life's difficulties. in atheist/agnostic groups the number of people suffering from depression is overrepresented. it s something that most atheists/agnostics would not admit but it s the sad truth .
            Why don't you try pray? Say "oh my creator guide me" ask for a sign if you want just be sincere

            InshaAllah you'll see results
            It may not be easy, you may not understand it, but you need to have the Imaan to trust Allah when life doesn't make sense.
            "Whoever intends eternal happiness, then let him hold tight to the threshold of servitude.” ibn Taymiyyah.

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              #7
              Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

              Originally posted by eesa the kiwi View Post
              Why don't you try pray? Say "oh my creator guide me" ask for a sign if you want just be sincere

              InshaAllah you'll see results
              i lack the faith. in my mind i asked multiple times for a help , nothing happened

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                Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

                Originally posted by nikitasmith View Post
                i dont think i will ever end up believing in something but i envy religious people since i think believing in something possible after the inevitable death, believing that there is someone up there who is supporting you etc. is helpful when it comes to overcoming life's difficulties. in atheist/agnostic groups the number of people suffering from depression is overrepresented. it s something that most atheists/agnostics would not admit but it s the sad truth .
                Without Islam there is nothing but depression,

                I can only imagine living a pathetic pointless life, thinking you got Whatever happened and nothing you can do about it, and no justice unless the culprit is caught, no judgement day and then snuffing it (the worthless existence of such a life)

                Pure Depression,
                http://www.ilovepalestine.com/campai...imesinGaza.gif

                "It does not befit the lion to answer the dogs."

                – Imam al-Shafi’i (Rahimahullah)

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                  #9
                  Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

                  As someone that was an atheist for almost 30 years, reading the Quran was like a breath of fresh air. It's not like what anyone says of it but much better. It made many things clear and is incredibly relevant for today. I would have never thought I would ever have faith... but for some reason Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala lifted the veil and I am forever grateful. I wouldn't say I was clinically depressed before, but there was a nagging sense of emptiness and sadness. I'd go to work every night come home in the morning and work some more and then go to bed. Rinse and repeat. Now, I pray and have a real relationship with Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala that is indescribable. I hope this post helps and doesn't bore you to death - haha.

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                    #10
                    Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

                    Originally posted by Ssmith View Post
                    As someone that was an atheist for almost 30 years, reading the Quran was like a breath of fresh air. It's not like what anyone says of it but much better. It made many things clear and is incredibly relevant for today. I would have never thought I would ever have faith... but for some reason Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala lifted the veil and I am forever grateful. I wouldn't say I was clinically depressed before, but there was a nagging sense of emptiness and sadness. I'd go to work every night come home in the morning and work some more and then go to bed. Rinse and repeat. Now, I pray and have a real relationship with Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala that is indescribable. I hope this post helps and doesn't bore you to death - haha.
                    nah it didnt bore me :)

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                      #11
                      Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

                      Originally posted by nikitasmith View Post
                      i lack the faith. in my mind i asked multiple times for a help , nothing happened
                      Do not dispair, i was very confused for some time, sometimes it overwhelned me so much i broke out in tears, and thats when u just call to God and ask him to guide you to the right path... it might seem so far away right now, but dont worry and dont be scared, everything will be okay with the will of Allah :)
                      يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُمْ وَٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

                      O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous

                      Surah Al Baqarah ayah 21

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                        #12
                        Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

                        The worldly matter that bothers me most in life is the knowledge of the existence of such a large number of evil people, and how they have basically ruined existence on this planet for the most part and wish to do far more than what they already have. The belief that all of their plots will be foiled in the end and that they shall certainly get what they deserve is a very encouraging, for nothing can truly exist at ease without justice. And when things are so far gone, it is a great relief to know that there is Allah (swt) who can fix it all if He so pleased.

                        Lastly, all of this anxiety subsides almost entirely when one realizes that the only reason this place exists is for the purpose of a very temporary and brief test, and it is utterly worthless afterwards and will mean nothing compared to the everlasting results be they positive or negative. All the aforementioned evil people, everyone else (including those whom we love), richness, poorness, none of it here really means much other than a test to see how one will behave with it all and what decisions they will make. This knowledge does help one in their efforts to remain patient despite trial after trial.
                        والمبادرة إلى التكفير إنما تغلب على طباع من يغلب عليهم الجهل - ابن تيمية رحمه الله - بغية المرتاد

                        "Rushing towards takfir is an attitude which is dominant over those who are defeated by ignorance." - Ibn Taymiyyah Rahimahullah [Bughyatul Murtaad, page 354]

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                          #13
                          Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

                          Originally posted by nikitasmith View Post
                          i lack the faith. in my mind i asked multiple times for a help , nothing happened
                          That reminds me of the story of the man stranded on an island that I tell almost everyone! I apologise if I've told it before...

                          For the purposes of keeping the anecdote as it was told to me, I'll use the term 'God'.

                          A man was stranded on an island and asked God for help. God sent a small boat and asked if the man was okay and the man replied "yep, thanks I'm fine, I've asked God for some help I'm just waiting for that to arrive" and the small boat left.

                          A small plane landed on the island and the pilot asked the man if he was okay. The man replied "oh sure thing, I'm dandy, just waiting for my help to arrive". So the pilot took off.

                          A helicopter landed on the island and asked the man a similar question and the man replied similarly and the pilot took off.

                          When the man was cold and hungry he shouted at God for not providing his help.


                          Maybe sis, like me, you need to make the step and in so doing, will get the help and answers you need. Not all my questions were answered, nor my faith complete but I asked Allah (swt) to forgive me for my shortfall and to help me gain what I needed as I stepped forward in trusting His mercy.

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                            #14
                            Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

                            Originally posted by nikitasmith View Post
                            i dont think i will ever end up believing in something but i envy religious people since i think believing in something possible after the inevitable death, believing that there is someone up there who is supporting you etc. is helpful when it comes to overcoming life's difficulties. in atheist/agnostic groups the number of people suffering from depression is overrepresented. it s something that most atheists/agnostics would not admit but it s the sad truth .
                            If you envy religious people - why not try 'religion'?

                            Imagine - having full faith, trust, reliance on God so Supreme, the Controller of the whole universe. And like you yourself mentioned, a 'support' in 'overcoming life's difficulties'.

                            It makes perfect sense.

                            But that's not to say Muslims don't suffer from depression, or any other mental health conditions, some do, and that's their struggle in life.

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                              #15
                              Re: has faith helped you in fighting depression?

                              ” Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. Those who have believed and done righteous deeds - a good state is theirs and a good return.” (13:28 - 29)

                              "And whoever turns away from My remembrance - indeed, he will have a depressed life.." (20:124)

                              "He it is Who sent down As-Sakinah (calmness and tranquillity) into the hearts of the believers, that they may grow more in Faith along with their (present) Faith." (48:4)

                              Before I converted and when my imaan is low, I cannot feel happy. Some things may cause me to laugh and smile, but I do not truly feel content. The "joy" I experience is superficial and I still feel empty. To feel "happy", you have to move from one distraction to the other and still, you won't experience the same kind peace faith brings. The "joy" and "happiness" is incomplete. I cannot compare having imaan to any other feeling. I guess it could be described as tranquility, peace, etc. But I am 100% sure that you have not experienced this. I used to be an atheist so I know how you feel. If I could share what it is like to have imaan with you, I definitely would. You will never find true peace until you turn to your Lord.

                              Please read this. Insha'Allah it will help - http://www.almasjid.com/true_happiness

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