February 19, 2007

Coping with Mental Illness

Posted in From the Heart, Mental Illness at 4:34 am by relief1

Shaykh `Abd al-`Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) concerning mental illness & medication said:
It is permissible to treat sickness according to scholarly consensus. The Muslim may go to a doctor for internal sickness, injuries, nervous problems and so on, for him to diagnose his sickness and treat it appropriately, using medicines that are permitted according to Islam, according to his medical knowledge, because this comes under the heading of taking the usual means, and it does not contradict the idea of putting one’s trust in Allaah.

Allaah has sent down the disease and He has sent down the cure;those who know it know it, and those who do not know it do not know it, but Allaah does not put the healing for His slaves in something that He has forbidden to them. It is not permissible for a sick person to go to the soothsayers or fortunetellers who claim to have knowledge of the unseen, in order to find out from them what his sickness is. Nor is it permissible for him to believe what they tell him, for they speak without knowledge or they summon the jinn to ask their help in doing what they want to do. The ruling on these people is that they are kaafirs who are misguided, if they claim to have knowledge of the unseen…
Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 3/274

The scholars of the Standing Committee said, answering a similar
question:
Trust in Allaah and think positively of Him; delegate your affairs to Him, and do not despair of His mercy, bounty and kindness, for He has not sent down any disease but He has also sent down the cure. You should take the means and continue to consult specialist doctors who have knowledge of disease and its treatment. Recite Soorat al-
Ikhlaas, Soorat al-Falaq and Soorat al-Naas over yourself three times, and blow into your hands after each time, and wipe your face and whatever you can reach of your body. Do that repeatedly night and day and when going to sleep. Also recite over yourself Soorat al-Faatihah at any time of night or day, and recite Aayat al-Kursiy
when you lie in your bed at night. These are the best ruqyahs with which a person may treat himself and protect himself from evil. Call upon Allaah by reciting the du’aa’ for one who is in distress, and say:
“Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah al-`Azeem al-Haleem, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah rabb al-`arsh il-`azeem, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah rabb al-samawaati wa rabb al-ard wa rabb al-`arsh il-`azeem (There is no god but Allaah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing, there is no god but Allaah, the Lord of the mighty Throne, there is no god but Allaah, Lord of the
heavens, Lord of the earth, and Lord of the mighty Throne).”

Also treat yourself with the ruqyah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):
Allaahumma Rabb an-naas, mudhhib al-ba’s ishfi anta al-Shaafi, laa shaafiya illa anta, shifaa’an laa yughaadir saqaman (O Allaah, Lord of mankind, the One Who relieves hardship, grant healing, for there is no healer but You, a healing that leaves no trace of sickness) And recite other dhikrs and ruqyahs and du’aa’s which are mentioned in the books of hadeeth, and which are mentioned by al-Nawawi in Riyaadh al-Saaliheen and Kitaab al-Adhkaar. Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 1/297

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