Feeling anxious?

Muslim African woman fearing the worst, remembering Allah
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There are many experiences in this life which can cause us to feel anxious, and this feeling can be hard to get rid of. We often worry about the future and the past. As Muslims, we should think about how our faith helps us to deal with this properly by turning to Allah and the teachings of our religion. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.” (Qur’an 8:30)

We should try to remember that Allah is in control of everything. This will help us feel less anxious about matters in our life. Perhaps we are waiting for the outcome of a hospital test result, or the grade of an exam we sat. Whatever the situation, Allah is in control. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent. (Qur’an 65:3)

We must make an effort to concentrate on the present rather than worrying about the past or future. This will make us feel less stressed as we will focus more on what is currently happening. For example, if we are at work, we should try to concentrate on what is happening today rather than becoming worried about what tomorrow will hold. As a result, we will feel more satisfied with our progress on the task at hand because we will have given it our full attention.

We also ought to keep in mind what the bigger picture is and have the correct perspective about this life and the Hereafter. This life is not eternal and ultimately we seek the success of the Hereafter. The more we think about the Hereafter, the less stressed and anxious we will feel about worldly matters.

We have to remember to be positive and grateful for the things our Lord has blessed us with. Although we may be feeling anxious, we should look at what we do possess. Many people wish for the things we have, such as our homes, jobs, meals, and many other things we often overlook. The more we look at the things that we have that many others do not, we will feel less anxious. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light.” (Qur’an 2:257)

We must keep in mind that Allah will reward us for our efforts to be positive and our patience when avoiding hopelessness. This life was written by Allah to be a test for us, so we must strive to be successful believers. We must try to change our mindset and our Lord will help us. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“God does not change the condition of a people unless they change what is in themselves.” (Qur’an 13:11)