I recently saw a video on the Islamic perspective of depression by Shaykh (scholar) Sulaiman Moola.
One problem that I have with the perspective of many Shyookh (plural of Shaykh) is the failure to acknowledge the clinical aspect of depression. Most Shaykh will tell you that depression is the cause of sin and vice. However, from my personal experience, I would like to tell you that this is not true. Yes, the way you think and act will have an effect on your brain, but for many people it is much more complex than that. For some, it is not something they can ‘control’ since their brain chemistry can actually be working against them.
Depression can have serious ‘side effects’-the worst being suicide. It is important, therefore, to stop and think before judging someone who might be depressed. Often times, individuals come to decisions about committing suicide because they feel no one cares or understands them. It is our responsibility as members of this community to not allow this to happen because depression and suicide affects more than just the individual that is suffering. It affects the family and peers of the individual as well.
Let’s ask Allah1 to make it easy for us to cope with any problems that come our way and help us to get closer to Him. Ameen2.
1 Allah: God in Arabic
2 Ameen: Amen
For more information on depression, visit the following websites:
Here are the videos: