Anxiety and stress are common mental health conditions; which even prophets had to face. They are trials just like other health issues that are important to remind us that we’re humans. Hence, dependent on Allah for our inner peace and happiness.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were a prick that he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.”Sahih Bukhari 5641
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) also said In another hadith;
“No Muslim is afflicted with hurt caused by any disease or inconvenience, but that Allah will removes his sins as a tree sheds its leaves.”Sahih Bukhari 5667
Do you know what these hadith are telling you? They’re saying that your lord is ever merciful even if you’re hurting.
You can’t avoid pain. You can’t save yourself from getting hurt and facing failures. But how beautiful is that even when your body experiences the slightest of physical, emotional or spiritual pain, your sins get washed off. And even at your worst, your lord brings you the best.
Disclaimer: If your condition is worse; you must see a psychologist.
4 Duas for Anxiety and Stress:
Here are four duas for anxiety and stress from the sahih hadith, which you can recite anytime and anywhere. Let’s look at them one by one.
1. Dua To Remove Extreme Anxiety, Sorrow or Pain
Do you know Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) also faced distress and suffering, which caused him anxiety, stress, feelings of sorrow and pain. Ibn Abbas (r.a) told us that He (pbuh) used to supplicate the following words in his dua in times of distress.
لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ الْعَظِيمُ الْحَلِيمُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَرَبُّ الأَرْضِ وَرَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيمِ
Roman/ Transliteration: La ilaha illallahul-adhimul-haleem. La ilaha illallahu rabbul-arshil-adhim. La ilaha illallahu rabbus-samawati, wa rabbul-ardi, wa rabbul-arshil- kareem
Meaning: “There is no god but Allah, the great, the tolerant, there is no god but Allah, the Lord of the magnificent throne there is no God but Allah, the Lord of the heaven and the earth, the Lord of the edifying throne.”
Source: Sahih Muslim 2730a; Grade: Sahih (authentic)
2. Dua to Remove Tension, Worry and Distress
Whenever Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) faced any trouble or difficult situation, he (pbuh) would supplicate this dua. You can also recite it while feeling anxious, tense or worried about anything, like an upcoming exam, job offer, business or family problem. This dua will help you have a clear mind and inner peace to do the right thing, insha’Allah.
يَا حَىُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ
Roman/ Transliteration: Ya hayyu ya qayyum, bi-rahmatika astaghith
Meaning: “O Living, O Self-Sustaining Sustainer! In Your Mercy do I seek relief.”
Source: Jami at Tirmidhi 3524 ; Grade: Sahih (authentic)
3. Dua for Anxiety and Stress Related to Debt
Once Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) entered a mosque, he saw one of his companions sitting there while it wasn’t the time of prayer. The holy prophet asked the reason and that person said anxiety and debt issues caused him to sit there (being all alone and helpless).
He (pbuh) taught him the following dua with the affirmation that it’ll relieve him from his worries and debt. You should recite this dua one time in the morning and evening, as suggested by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ غَلَبَةِ الدَّيْنِ وَقَهْرِ الرِّجَالِ
Roman/ Transliteration: Allahumma inni audhu bika min l-hammi wa l-hazan, wa audhu bika min l-ajzi wa l-kasal, wa audhu bika min l-jubni wa l-bukhl, wa audhu bika min ghalabatid-dayni wa qahrir-rajal
Meaning: “O Allah, I seek refuge in you from worry and sadness. I seek refuge in you from weakness and laziness. I seek refuge in you from cowardice and miserliness. And I seek refuge in you from being overwhelmed by debt and the tyranny of men.”
Source: Sunan Abi Dawud 1555; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to al-suyuti
4. Dua When You’re Feeling Emotional, Physical or Spiritual Distress
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) went through a lot of emotional, physical and even spiritual distress. There are numerous duas that he (pbuh) used to supplicate and taught to his ummah for anxiety. Asma (r.a) told us that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Should I not tell you words which you utter in distress?” then he (pbuh) said the following words;
اللَّهُ اللَّهُ رَبِّي لاَ أُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئًا
Roman/ Transliteration: Allahu Allahu rabi la a-shariku bihi shai-a
Meaning: “Allah , Allah is my Lord, I do not associate anything as partner with Him.”
Source: Sunan Abi Dawud 1525; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to al-albani
How Many Times Should I Recite these Duas?
You can supplicate these duas anytime unlimitedly, except for the second dua, which Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) suggested reciting twice daily (morning and evening). Otherwise, there’s no timeline for reciting these supplications.
For most people, it can be hard to memorise all four duas; If you’re one among them, then pick the most suitable dua for dhikr as per your situation and make a constant dhikr throughout the day.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) told us that a slave is nearest to his lord in sujood. So, you may recite these duas in sujood too.
Moreover, Tahajjud is the time of the acceptance of dua. Therefore, don’t miss Tahajjud and ask Allah for relief from anxiety and stress with any of these duas.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
1. Which Surah is Best for Anxiety and Stress?
According to our research, “Surah Ash Sharh” is one of the best Quranic surahs to treat anxiety and stress. The title of this surah means “the relief“. The Holy Quran has a rule of generalization of its ayahs for everyone; although revealed on the prophet Muhammad (pbuh), it speaks to you directly.
When you recite this surah and ponder over its meaning, you get calmness, relief and peace. Allah almighty lowers your anxiety or stress levels by reminding you of all the past incidents in which his mercy saved you from the heavy burden of life.
The Almighty also tells you that with hardship, He also kept ease. So instead of falling into hopelessness, you should finish your work and depend on Allah alone with the best hopes. This surah tells you that Allah acknowledges your feeling and brings you direct counselling.
Allah is your creator. He knows your story and what hardships will shape you into the diamond that you are destined to be. So, trust Allah almighty. Also, recite this surah and ponder over its meaning to get relief.
You’ve got four best duas for anxiety and stress from the Sahih Hadith, compiled from the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They are either prophets’ (pbuh) personal duas or recommendations to his ummah. The details of Surah Ash-Sarah for anxiety or stress relief are shared. Taking professional help is also suggested.