The following information is not intended to negate the importance of science. It is widely acknowledged that biological factors, genetics, and brain chemistry necessitate medical attention from a psychiatrist. Here, the focus is solely on addressing negative thoughts, unhealthy habits, and psychological and social factors.


Islam does not acknowledge the concepts of negative and positive energy, which are often associated with pseudoscience. Instead, Islamic teachings emphasize the existence of devils and angels.

Unlike other medications and therapies, Ruqyah (Islamic Exorcism) is free from side effects. It is a divine blessing that brings comfort to the soul, eases the heart and mind, and fosters a closer connection with the Creator in this life and the hereafter.

  • “Surely in the remembrance of Allah will your hearts find peace” Al-Raad 28
  • “And We send down of the Quran that which is a cure and mercy for the believers” Al-Israa 82

How can the Quran and Sunnah help improve my psychological health?

What is a Qarin?

Know your enemy first before you fight them!!

“Qarin” refers to a companion or an accompanying entity. Every person has two companions: a Jinn and an angel. This Qarin, or accompanying entity, remains with an individual throughout their entire life, from birth to death. Importantly, the Qarin does not leave even during acts of worship or recitation of the Quran.

The Qarin is described as an infidel devil, one who disbelieves in Allah and is dedicated to leading individuals astray from the straight path. It is considered a weak Shaitan with influence limited to two primary activities: whispering evil and depressing thoughts to humans, and acting as a spy on individuals who visit evil magicians, sharing the gathered information with these magicians.

Negative emotions such as excessive or habitual anger are believed to be intensified by the Qarin. The Quranic remedy for managing Qarin-related disorders involves the repetition of Surat Al-Nas approximately a hundred times in the morning and the evening. This practice is considered effective in addressing the influence of the Qarin and seeking protection from its potential harm.

♦ Prophet Muhammed said: “Every single one of you has an accompanying Jinn (devil). The Sahabah then asked the prophet “Even you too, prophet of Allah?” Prophet Muhammed replied “Even myself, except for Allah helped me against him, so I am unharmed. He could only whisper to me good deeds.”

Qarin could play a role in the following disorders:

Panic attacks, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Paranoid personality disorder, Intermittent explosive disorder (anger), Insomnia, Depression, Avoidant personality disorder, Forgetfulness, pessimism, and deviant hypersexuality.

Myth:

I believe in God’s mercy because it wasn’t I who committed these sins; it was due to the influence of my Qarin Shaitan.

Truth:

Humans are created with a form of “Override Mode” or free will. Individuals are considered to be in the driver’s seat of their own actions and choices. The Qarin, which is the accompanying entity (Jinn) can have an influence on individuals by whispering temptations and negative thoughts. However, the level of impact the Qarin has on a person depends on how much attention and importance is given to those whispers.

We are empowered to choose whether to listen to the Qarin and potentially strengthen its influence or to ignore and dismiss its suggestions, making its presence almost non-existent. Overcoming these whispers and temptations is thought to be closely tied to the initial thoughts that come to mind. Individuals have the ability to either nurture and entertain those thoughts in their minds or to reject and dismiss them outright, thereby exercising their free will in managing the influence of the Qarin.

♦ Prophet Muhammed said “ Shaytan may come to one of you and say, ‘Who created such and such? Who created such and such?’ Until he says, ‘Who created your Lord?!’ If that happens to any of you, let him seek refuge with Allah and put a stop to these thoughts.” 


♦ Prophet Muhammad used to ask Allah, I seek refuge in Allah from worry and sadness, from weakness and laziness, from miserliness and cowardice, from being overcome by debt and overpowered by men (i.e. others). Reference: Al-Bukhari


How to handle random pop-up thoughts?

When you find yourself physically or mentally unoccupied, Shaitan seizes the opportunity to influence your train of thought in three ways:

1. Dwelling on sorrow and grief from past events, allowing this sorrow to dictate your future (manifested in insomnia and feeling unjustly deprived).
2. Succumbing to desires, particularly sexual desires. When these desires are fulfilled randomly, the only avenue for pleasure that remains is unconventional desires (homosexuality).
3. Fearing the future, leading to profound worry. This is why we receive significant rewards for listening to the Quran and engaging in repeated remembrance of Allah.

Every one of us has 2 invisible companions that feed our train of thought. One is a Shaitan that commands evil and the other is an angel that commands good. When a random thought pops up in your mind, ask yourself immediately: Is this a good or evil thought? If it is a good thought, then it is from your accompanying angel. Do this good idea immediately if you can. For example, you are driving your car and see a very old man you know, shivering in the cold, waiting for the bus. You get the idea to give him a ride with your car. This idea is from your accompanying angel. Execute such good deeds immediately when feasible. However, hastiness is another effect of Shaitan, common among inflicted patients. Prophet Muhammed said “Hastiness is from Shaitan while prudence is from Allah”

But If an evil thought pops into your mind, then it is from the Qarin Shaitan. This is where all our sins and remorse stem from. Do not entertain this idea. Do not think it over. Put a hard, cold stop to this thought immediately and say firmly: “I seek refuge in Allah against the accursed Shaitan, then spit on your left side (without saliva) 3 times. Repeat this action every single time you get an evil thought even if you are in the middle of your prayers. For example, this woman at work is wearing improper clothes. You get the idea, what if I look? What if do this and that with her? Is this an evil idea? Yes. Then interrupt this thought immediately. If the thought comes again, repeat saying again “I seek refuge in Allah against the accursed Shaitan and spit on your left side 3 times.” and then go make Wudua with cold water and occupy yourself with something different or change your setting altogether.

Allah says in The Believers Chapter, Verses 97, 98 “And say, “My Lord, I seek refuge with You from the urgings of the devils. And I seek refuge with You, my Lord, lest they become present.”


Chest Pain and Sorrow

For patients who feel deep sorrow in their hearts, it often feels as though they need to cry out or scream to release the agony in their heart. This tightness in the chest that makes it hard to breathe is all from Shaitan when there are not medical reasons. 

Recite or listen to Surah Al-Falaq and Surat Al-Nas as much as you can on audible speakers with an expected repetition of about a hundred times daily, not 3 times a day. The high repetition is required because the patient is now in treatment mode, after the harm has occurred, not in protection mode, note the difference. It’s highly recommended to understand the meanings of these chapters before listening to them to enhance their effect.

In terms of the protection effect of both surahs, there is an area of overlapping.

Surah Al-Falaq: Recite and listen repeatedly to Surah Al-Falaq if you struggle with Hasad, Nazar, and Sihr. It will cure evil eyes and magic. It will protect you against the Sheitan (the devils), and evil spirits especially when you are targeted at night time.

Surah Al-Nas: Recite and listen repeatedly to Surah Al-Nas if you hear whispers, or if you struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder, hallucinations, Schizophrenia, suicidal thoughts, Paranoid personality disorder, or persistent depressive disorder.

When the Shaitan whispers, it uses the same internal voice of yours so that you do not identify him as an intruder. The majority, if not all, of the voices and whispers that people hear are only from Sheitan. Even if it commands you to do good, it is only to gain your trust and then it gradually turns evil.

♦ A man came to the Prophet and said, “I think thoughts to myself, which I would rather be burnt to a cinder than speak of them.” The Prophet said, “Praise be to Allah, Who has reduced all his [the Shaytan’s] plots to mere whispers.” (Abu Dawood). 

If persistent evil thoughts occupy your mind, if self-blame or blaming others becomes frequent, anger or a sense of life failure prevails, consider listening to a combined recording of both Surahs. Make repeated recitations a daily routine. Overcoming the challenges does not mean abandoning the practice, as discontinuation may lead to relapse and recurrence.

♦ Prophet Muhammed said, “Allah will forgive my ummah (followers) for any insinuating whispers that may cross their minds, so long as they do not act upon it or speak of it.” (Agreed upon). 


Mindset

Stay optimistic and believe that Allah will bring good things into your life, remembering that this life is not the ultimate reward but merely the journey towards it. Do not assume that Allah will treat you differently from what you truly desire for Him to do with you.

Allah said in Hadith Al-Qudesi, “I am to my slave as he thinks of Me. If he wishes for kindness, I shall reflect it; if he wishes for what is bad, so shall it be.” Authentic


Could God or his angels talk to me?

Some may claim that they are communicating with God or Angels!! Jinn often deceive inflicted patients by presenting themselves as angels, asserting that they guide individuals towards goodness and promising assistance only after virtuous acts are performed. They even prescribe prayers as a prerequisite for their manifestation. Furthermore, they discourage seeking aid from others, urging reliance solely on Allah, assuring that Allah’s help will be sent solely through them.

♦ Prophet Muhammed said: “Avoid ungrounded suspicion for it is the most deceiving misinformation”  Riyad as-Salihin 1573
As for seeing Angels, humans can’t see angels in their original format (how could created them) except for prophets.

How to handle Anger?

1- Two men got into an argument and started swearing at one another. One of them got really angry, his face turned red, and his neck veins were bulging.
Prophet Muhammed said, “I know a phrase that if he were to say, his anger would cool off.  and that is: A’uthu billahi minash-Shaitan nir-rajim (I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed Shaitan).” So they (Companions) said to him: “The Prophet (ﷺ) asks you to say: ‘I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed Shaitan”. Authentic

2- Prophet Muhammed, “If one you get angry, he should not speak.” Authentic

3- Prophet Muhammed, “If one of you gets angry, he should sit down, if he still does not cool off, then he should lie down.” Authentic

4- Remember the reward of suppressing anger.
Prophet Muhammed said, “Whoever suppresses his anger while capable of unleashing it, will be called forth by Allah on the Day of Judgment in front of the head leaders of all His creation, to choose whomever he wishes from the Heavenly women of paradise.” Grade Hasan


What to say to get rid of Depression?

While many people associate Shaitan’s attacks with illegitimate activities such as sex or earnings, it’s essential to recognize that Shaitan’s influence extends beyond that. Shaitan aims to induce feelings of depression and fear, seeking to disturb one’s mental and emotional well-being.

Prophet Muhammed, if any sad or depressed slave of Allah says this prayer, Allah will relieve their worries and replace their sadness with joy:

“My lord Allah, I am Your slave, my father is your slave and my mother is your slave. My forehead is in Your Hand (i.e. you have control over me). Your judgment upon me is absolute, and Your Decree upon me is just. I ask You by every Name that You have named Yourself with, revealed in Your Book, taught any one of Your creation, or kept to Yourself in the knowledge of the unseen that is with You, to make the Qur’an the spring of my heart, and the light of my chest, the remover of my sadness, and the reliever of my distress.” Authentic

Shaitan preys on our fears of the future, often capitalizing on anticipated negative events. For instance, a patient may fear losing her mother and being left alone and depressed. While it’s true that her mother’s passing will leave a significant void, her anticipation of the future is incomplete. She may not fully grasp how God’s mercy will intervene in her life during such difficult times.


Nighttime Depression

To combat feelings of isolation, emptiness, and racing thoughts, engage in congregational prayer at the nearest Masjid for Salah Ishah. This communal act of worship can provide a sense of connection and peace. Following this, avoid staying awake for an extended period and prioritize going to sleep soon after.


When life feels overwhelming, you can turn to this prayer for comfort and strength.

Prophet Muhammed said: “The supplication prayer (Duaa) of Dhun-Nun (Prophet Yunus, Jonah) when he supplicated, while in the belly of the whale was:

‘There is none worthy of worship except You, Glory to You, Indeed, I have been of the transgressors. (Lā ilāha illā anta subḥānaka innī kuntu minaẓ-ẓālimīn)’ So indeed, no Muslim man supplicates with it for anything, ever, except Allah answers him.” Authentic

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ


Food for the Mood in Islam

1- Yes, in Islam there is a special food to fix the mood. It is called Talbina. What is Talbina and how to prepare it?

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It is made by heating whole-grain barley flour with water. Some people prepare Talbina with milk instead of water, some like to add honey, black seeds, cinnamon, raisins, dates, cocoa powder, coconuts, or nuts. 

Mother Aisha (the prophet’s wife) narrated that she heard God’s messenger say, “Talbina* relieves a broken heart and eases some of its grief.” (Bukhari and Muslim.)

Mother Aisha (the wife of the Prophet) narrated that whenever one of her relatives died, the women assembled and then dispersed (returned to their houses) except her relatives and close friends. She would order that a pot of Talbina be cooked. Then Tharid (a dish prepared from meat and bread) would be prepared and the Talbina would be poured on it. `Aisha would say (to the women), “Eat of it, for I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, ‘The Talbina soothes the heart of the patient and relieves some of his sadness.’ “ Authentic Bukhari and Muslim

2- Eat healthy sweets. Unrefined, unprocessed sweets, sweetened with honey or Dates are important to maintain a stable mood. This is not the time to go on Keto or other strict diets. A healthy body that has a miserable spirit is unfunctional.
Mother of the Believers, Aisha, said, “The Messenger of Allah liked honey and sweets.” Authentic in Bukhari


Prophet Muhammad  shared simple yet profound matters, such as:

1- Walk barefooted from time to time. It is a therapeutic technique known now as earthing or grounding.

When Fudalah Bin Obid was appointed the governor of Egypt, some of his companions said to him, you are barefooted. He replied Prophet Muhammed used to ask us to be barefooted occasionally.

2- Expose yourself briefly to fresh rain. 

Reported by Anas (may Allah be pleased with him):
While we were with the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), it started to rain. He opened his garment, and some of the raindrops fell on him. Then he remarked, “It has just been released fresh by its Lord.”

3- When you pray voluntary prayers (Salah), perform extended long Sudud (Prostration)

Prophet Muhammed said, “The closest a slave can be to his Lord, is during Sujud.” Authentic in the book of Muslim.


What does Islam say about Suicide?

Some inflicted patients struggle with suicidal thoughts. Islam teaches us to interrupt and terminate evil thoughts immediately; Hard, sudden, cold stop. Do not entertain suicidal thoughts but rather program your mind to take over your train of thoughts immediately. The claim that a person who committed suicide was going through a hard time is not justified. After all, who commits suicide because they are very happy?

For one afflicted by whisperings say : أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّيطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ (A`ūdhu billāhi minash-shayṭānir-rajīm.)

I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Shaitan, then spit to your left 3 times (without or with very little saliva droplets).

♦ Prophet Muhammed said: “He who throws himself off a cliff will be in the Hellfire throwing himself off over and over again for eternity; he who sips poison and kills himself, will be in the Hellfire with his poison in his hand, sipping it over and over again for eternity; and he who kills himself with a piece of iron will be in the Hellfire with his piece of iron in his hand and will be stabbed with it in his abdomen over and over again for eternity.” Authentic (Bukhari & Muslim.)

Prophet Muhammed said: “There was in a previous time a man, who was injured. He then became too anxious. He held a knife and cut his hand. His wound kept bleeding till he died. The Almighty Allah said, “My slave rushed his time, I have made the paradise forbidden on him.” Authentic in the book of Bukhari


What IF it is my fault?

Shaitan is a master at exploiting our feelings of loss. Whether it’s a job, marriage, house, or anything else that seemed perfect but slipped away, Shaitan will make you believe that what you missed or lost is immense and irreplaceable. Then Shaitan initiates the blame game, causing you to hate yourself or others who stood in the way of what you desired. In reality, it was never meant to be yours, no matter how hard you tried.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: “A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak believer, yet there is good in both. Seek what benefits you (in this life and in the hereafter). Rely on Allah and do not be crippled. If something bad happens to you, do not say, “If I would have done so and so” but rather say “This is the will of Allah, and whatever He wills happens.” Because saying “If” (if I would have) exposes you to the evil of Shaitan.” Authentic

20  Know that the worldly life is only play, and distraction, and glitter, and boasting among you, and rivalry in wealth and children. It is like a rainfall that produces plants, and delights the disbelievers. But then it withers, and you see it yellowing, and then it becomes debris. While in the Hereafter there is severe agony, and forgiveness from God, and acceptance. The life of this world is nothing but enjoyment of vanity.
21  Race towards forgiveness from your Lord; and a Garden as vast as the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who believe in God and His messengers. That is the grace of God; He bestows it on whomever He wills. God is the Possessor of Immense Grace.
22  No calamity occurs on earth, or in your souls, but it is in a Book, even before We make it happen. That is easy for God.
23  That you may not sorrow over what eludes you, nor exult over what He has given you. God does not love the proud snob.

Surat Al-Hadid (The Iron Chapter)


Moving

Consider relocating from the city or country where negative influences surround you. Initiate a fresh start, adopting a lifestyle that aligns with your values in a new environment. Emulate the example of our Prophet, who, despite his love for his hometown, migrated to a new city and established a new community.

Allah says in Surah Al-Nisa, The Women Chapter:

97  While the angels are removing the souls of those who have wronged themselves, they will say, “What was the matter with you?” They will say, “We were oppressed in the land.” They will say, “Was God’s earth not vast enough for you to emigrate in it?” These—their refuge is Hell. What a wretched retreat!
98  Except for the weak among men, and women, and children who have no means to act, and no means to find a way out.
99  These—God may well pardon them. God is Pardoning and Forgiving.
100  Anyone who emigrates for the sake of God will find on earth many places of refuge, and plentitude. Anyone who leaves his home, emigrating to God and His Messenger, and then is overtaken by death, his compensation falls on God. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

The Soothing chapter Sūrat al-Sharḥ
In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.
1  Did We not soothe your heart?
2  And relieve your burden.
3  Which weighed down your back?
4  And raised for you your reputation?
5  With hardship comes ease.
6  With hardship comes ease.
7  When your work is done, turn to devotion.
8  And to your Lord turn for everything.