Mental Health Counseling
Some people might be wondering that, What has Mental Health has to do with Islam?
As a Muslim, you get affected by life’s troubles and disturbing thoughts like everyone else, but you can deal with them much better because you have a clear roadmap of where you came from, where you are going and why, so you have a head start having this fundamental knowledge from its source which is Allaah Subuhanahu Wa Ta’ala. He had told us something about it (Mental Health) in the Quran.
Someone who feels completely lost and alone in the face of a crisis would probably feel helpless and depressed. But someone who feels supported by a compassionate Allaah who genuinely cares, who listens to desperate pleas, and who grants generous help, has a better chance of getting back on track much faster because there is a strong helping hand to reach for while dealing with life’s troubles.
“And for those who fear Allaah, He always prepares a way out, and He provides for him from sources he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allaah, sufficient is Allaah for him. For Allaah will surely accomplish His purpose: verily, for all things has Allaah appointed a due proportion.” (Quran 65: verse 2 to 3)
Islam offers a spiritual sanctuary for Muslims to live a peaceful life by using their inner strengths and having a strong relationship with Allaah Subuhanahu Wa Ta’ala, being optimistic, purifying their feelings, and not waiting for outside events to improve. Islam acknowledges the importance of spiritual status as an interior power that can be exercised to have a calm mind, healthy consciousness, and positive thoughts. One of the misconceptions we are having in Islam is that some people believe that today’s mental health issues are tests from Allaah and therefore not to be addressed.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health is our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health does not only affect the way we think, feel, and act but also how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is not limited to emotional problems. For instance, if a couple is having difficulty getting along; if parents and kids are having trouble seeing eye to eye; or if a person is underperforming at school or work; then a counselor or therapist may be able to help guide the person to resolving their problems. Whether mental health is caused by biological factors, life experiences, or family history, it is important to know that help is available.