Islam is a complete way of life and encompasses all aspects of our daily existence. This includes our experiences as individuals, family members and is part of the wider community. In the Islamic scheme of life, a person’s health is of utmost importance, as healthy individuals make a healthy society.
Islam offers a holistic approach to a person’s health; a method of healing that seeks to restore harmony between a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual existence. This approach is based on the idea that the mind, body and heart are all interdependent, and the sound health of any one of these is not possible without the well-being of the others. Therefore, the aim of the practitioner or healer is to restore balance by attending to all three aspects simultaneously.
It is through this holistic approach that Islam brings a greater insight into one understanding of depression and other such conditions. Depression and anxiety are two of the most common silent disorders affecting people worldwide and often go undetected. There are many causes for both disorders which are detrimental to an individual’s health and mental well-being. Depression can be defined as a state of low mood and aversion to activity. Many questions arise, such as:
“What causes depression?”
“Is there a cure?”
“What can be done to prevent this crippling disorder?”
Mufti Qazi Hassan Razza is a scholar and legal mind, specialising in an array of Islamic disciplines, as well as taking a keen interest in health, homeopathic medicine, and Psychology. In the following work, he discusses the causes of depression, its symptoms and effects, as well as its cure according to the Islamic Tradition.
This work will provide a general overview of depression and will lay out some of the Islamic aspects of its treatment. It should not be used alone to manage such disorders and those suffering are advised to seek qualified professional help to ensure well-being.