Dua for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety: Anyone of us can experience episodes of sadness. Even while we Muslims have our faith deeply ingrained inside us, this does not make us immune to facing life’s difficulties. One may feel powerless if you suffer from depression. Well, you are not helpless. You can try many things on your own to fight back, in addition to treatment and perhaps medicine. But nothing is better than making Dua for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى.
Around every corner in life, you will discover both pleasant and unexpected surprises, making life full of twists and turns. May Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى protect us from challenges, but even when dealing with challenges and struggles in life, one should not give up.
Depression can result in a person having a lower Iman, but it is not an indication that they do not believe in Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى and His divine will. The level by which a person continues to lean heavily on Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى in the face of mental struggles shows how solid their faith is. That is also the time when he most seeks the Dua for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety.
Since Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى has revealed in the Quran that all ease and all hardships are from Him and that only He can remove troubles and offer ease, the Islamic method to overcome anxiety and sadness is to seek the mercy of the Lord of the worlds and make Dua for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety you are facing in your life. Indeed! Only He (Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) possesses the authority to manage all affairs and everything present in the bounds of heaven and earth.
It is a fact that life will be filled with difficulties and challenges for everyone and the Quran has the ultimate guidance. As Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى declares in the Qur’an:
اَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ اَنْ يُّتْرَكُوْۗا اَنْ يَّقُوْلُوْۗا اٰمَنَّا وَہُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُوْنَۚ
Do people think that they will be let go merely by saying: “We believe,” and that they will not be tested,
Reference: Surah Al-Ankabut (29:2)
For more such Quranic verses, please visit the website Muslim and Quran.
One of the manners of making a dua is to firmly trust that Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى is listening. Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى reminds us that even when we feel that we are alone, He is with us.
Dua is phenomenal because it is a direct call to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى, a beautiful secret conversation with the One who created you, asking the All-Powerful for anything your heart wishes. Living your life by dua is a desirable habit that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has advised. Not just to request Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى for material items but also to express gratitude, appreciation, and forgiveness. We also have to remember that Dua is a kind of worship in and of itself.
يٰاَيُّہَا الَّذِيْنَ اٰمَنُوا اسْتَعِيْنُوْا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلٰوۃ اِنَّ اللہَ مَعَ الصّٰبِرِيْنَۚ
O Believers, seek help with fortitude and Salat, for Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى is with those who show fortitude.
Reference: Surah Al-Baqara (2:153)
The following seven Islamic duas, some of which have been advised by the Prophet ﷺ, serve as a treatment for a broken heart and relieve the worries and grief of a Muslim:
Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ Duas for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety Relief
1. Prophet Yunus (a.s.)’s Dua:
لَّاۗ اِلٰہَ اِلَّاۗ اَنْتَ سُبْحٰــنَك اِنِّىْ كُنْتُ مِنَ الظّٰلِــمِيْنَۚ
“There is no god but You. Glory be to You! I have done wrong”
Reference: Surah Anbya (21:87)
2. Dua for anxiety and sorrow:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعْوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ، والعَجْزِ والكَسَلِ، والبُخْلِ والجُبْنِ، وضَلْعِ الدَّيْنِ وغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ
“O Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى, 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 from being overpowered by men”
Reference:[Hisnul 137] [Al-Bukhari 7/158]
3. Dua for Anxiety and Sadness:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي عَبْدُكَ، ابْنُ عَبْـدِكَ، ابْنُ أَمَتِـكَ، نَاصِيَتِي بِيَدِكَ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤُكَ، أَسْأَلُكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ، سَمَّيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ، أَوْ أَنْزَلْتَهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ، أَوْ عَلَّمْتَهُ أَحَداً مِنْ خَلْقِـكَ، أَوِ اسْتَأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الغَيْبِ عِنْـدَكَ، أَنْ تَجْعَلَ القُرْآنَ رَبِيعَ قَلْبِي، وَنُورَ صَدْرِي، وجَلَاءَ حُزْنِي وذَهَابَ هَمِّي
“O Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى, I am Your slave and the son of Your male slave and the son of Your female slave. My forehead is in Your Hand (i.e. You have control over me). Your Judgment upon me is assured and Your Decree concerning me is just. I ask You by every Name that You have named Yourself with, revealed in Your Book, taught any one of Your creation or kept unto Yourself in the knowledge of the unseen that is with You, to make the Qur’an the spring of my heart, and the light of my chest, the banisher of my sadness and the reliever of my distress.”
Reference: [Hisnul 120] [Ahmad 1/391, and Al-Albani graded it authentic]
4. Prophet Ayyub (Job) (a.s.)’s Dua:
وَاَيُّوْبَ اِذْ نَادٰي رَبَّہٗۗ اَنِّىْ مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَاَنْتَ اَرْحَـمُ الرّٰحِمِيْۚ
“We bestowed (the same wisdom, judgment, and knowledge) upon Job. Recall, when he cried to his Lord: “Behold, disease has struck me and You are the Most Merciful of those that are merciful.”
Reference: Surah Anbya (21:83)
5. Prophet Musa (A.S)’s Dua in a new place
فَسَقٰى لَہُمَا ثُمَّ تَوَلّٰۗي اِلَى الظِّلِّ فَقَالَ رَبِّ اِنِّىْ لِمَاۗ اَنْزَلْتَ اِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيْرٌۚ
“On hearing this Moses watered their flocks for them, and then returned in a shaded place and said: “My Lord, I am truly in great need of any good that You might send down to me.”
Reference: Surah Al-Qasas (28:24)
6. Dua to remove anxiety
فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا۟ فَقُلْ حَسْبِىَ ٱللَّهُ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ ۖ وَهُوَ رَبُّ ٱلْعَرْشِ ٱلْعَظِيمۚ
“Yet, if they should turn away, then tell them: “Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى is sufficient for me; there is no god but He. In Him I have put my trust. He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne.”
Reference: Surah At-Tawba (9:129)
7. Anas bin Malik said:
حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ حَاتِمٍ الْمُكْتِبُ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بَدْرٍ، شُجَاعُ بْنُ الْوَلِيدِ عَنِ الرُّحَيْلِ بْنِ مُعَاوِيَةَ، أَخِي زُهَيْرِ بْنِ مُعَاوِيَةَ عَنِ الرَّقَاشِيِّ، عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، قَالَ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم إِذَا كَرَبَهُ أَمْرٌ قَالَ ” يَا حَىُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ ” . وَبِإِسْنَادِهِ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ” أَلِظُّوا بِيَا ذَا الْجَلاَلِ وَالإِكْرَامِ ” . قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ غَرِيبٌ . وَقَدْ رُوِيَ هَذَا الْحَدِيثُ عَنْ أَنَسٍ مِنْ غَيْرِ هَذَا الْوَجْهِ .
“Whenever a matter would distress him, the Prophet (ﷺ) would say: ‘O Living, O Self-Sustaining Sustainer! In Your Mercy do I seek relief (Yā Ḥayyu yā Qayyūm, bi-raḥmatika astaghīth).'” And with this chain, that he said: “The Messenger of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى (ﷺ) said: ‘Be constant with: “O Possessor of Majesty and Honor (Yā Dhal-Jalāli wal-Ikrām).'”
Reference: Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3524
In-book reference Book 48, Hadith 155
Conclusion: Dua for Depression, a Relief.
These Dua for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety can help in hard times. One of the best ways to deepen your relationship with Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى is to call upon Him. Therefore, return to this piece of writing from time to time to refresh your memory on the meanings of these duas. Learn them by heart and pass them along to your loved ones. Always remember that Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى is close by when you ask Him for anything. Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى Says in the Quran:
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ ۖ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا۟ لِى وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا۟ بِى لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَۚ
And if My servants ask you, O Prophet. concerning Me, tell them that I am quite near to them. I hear and answer the prayer of the suppliant, when he calls to Me. So let them respond to My call and believe in Me. Convey this to them, O Prophet; perhaps they may be guided aright.
Reference: Surah Al-Baqara (2:186)
Try these supplications and be patient and consistent. There is nothing beneficial for you that Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى does not wish you to have. The only things that Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى is hiding from you are those that will do you little or no good in this life or the next.
When He wishes to test your patience or make your prize more beautiful, He sometimes keeps things far away from you. This delay serves as both a test and a tool for your training. You may think you can manage something at times, but only Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى is aware of your limitations. Respect His knowledge. He is much more familiar with you than you will ever be.