Conquering Anxiety for Young Muslims

By Zaheda Motala 

Have you ever felt like the weight of the world is resting on your shoulders? Like every step forward is overshadowed by the looming fear of what’s to come? Trust me, you’re not alone. In a world bustling with challenges and expectations, anxiety can creep in like an uninvited guest, stealing away the joy from your moments.

Imagine waking up each morning, carrying the weight of uncertainties, the pressure to excel, and the constant fear of falling short. It’s as if every decision you make comes with a side dish of worry. But here’s the catch – what if there’s a way to ease this burden without any side-effects, without sifting through endless coping mechanisms?

Picture this: a tiny bird, fluttering about, carefree, venturing into the day’s uncertainties, and returning with its belly full. Sounds magical, right? Nabi ﷺ once compared reliance on Allah to the provision-seeking journey of these birds. They leave their nests empty, but the day doesn’t end without their needs being met.

Now, think about this – wouldn’t being like the bird in life’s uncertainties be incredible? To stride through your day without being weighed down by worries, knowing that your needs will be met, just like those birds returning home content?

Defining Anxiety

Picture this: it’s like standing on the edge of a high cliff, with worries casting shadows that seem taller than you. That’s anxiety – an overpowering sense of unease, fears looming larger than life itself.

Studies in the world of psychology describe anxiety as more than just stress; it’s an intense, often irrational, fear that can hijack your thoughts, making everyday tasks feel like climbing Mount Everest. Research by experts like Maria Stein, a clinical psychologist, emphasizes how anxiety isn’t just a passing worry but can interfere with your life, schooling, and social circles.

The Quran acknowledges this human experience in Surah Al-Mulk, verse 2: “He who created death and life to test you; which of you are best in deeds.” It’s a reminder that life’s trials, including anxiety, are part of our test in this world.

But here’s the good news: understanding anxiety is the first step in facing it head-on. It’s like recognizing your foe on a battlefield – the more you know about it, the better equipped you are to conquer it.

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