A Mental Muslim?

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As a Muslim with mental health problems I am positive about my illness because the Quran tells us “Allah does not burden an individual with more than he can bear” (Quran). Although I have gone through dark and desperate times my faith has helped me to be positive and patient.

In Islam, the two sources of law are the Quran and the Hadith. Muslims believe the Quran to be the verbatim word of God and the Hadith are the words and actions of Prophet Muhammad (s).

I am also optimistic because Prophet Muhammad (S) told us that “There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its remedy.” (Hadith )

Taking anti-psychotic medication

The teachings of Islam guide Muslims in every walk of life, from conducting business or looking after parents to educating children.  It also teaches us to seek medical help when we fall ill, whether it is a physical illness or in my case a mental one.

I have been on many different medications for my mental health problems such as Olanzapine, Risperidone and Haloperidol. Then I was placed on the most effective and powerful anti-psychotic, Clozapine, which I have taken for a decade. Clozapine is used to treat schizophrenia after other treatments have failed.

I believe that Clozapine, regardless of its many side effects, such as weight gain and salivation, has helped me to control my mental illness. I view Clozapine as the cure to my disease as mentioned in the earlier quote. When I first started taking tablets after I was sectioned, I was ambivalent to taking pills but now accept the need for medication. If I had a physical illness I would take medication for it so the same applies for a mental illness.

“I blame the mental health system for becoming Diabetic..”

I do wish that when I started taking anti psychotic medication that I would have been notified of side effects such as weight gain and the need for exercise, so I would have been more active and wouldn’t have become overweight.

I have grown used to Clozapine, but after taking it at night I fall asleep within half an hour even if I want to stay awake. I also have monthly blood tests.

Furthermore, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) informed us that “No fatigue, disease, sorrow, sadness, hurt, or distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” (Hadith)

My faith has anchored me and continues to be a source of comfort for me, I believe that God is Kind and Merciful and knows about the hardships I am going through and one day, soon, he will have mercy on me and remove my affliction.

If my recommendations are heard I would urge nursing staff and doctors to encourage patients to exercise even if it is doing 10 press-ups a day or walk for 15 minutes regularly. Patients should also be urged to eat healthily. Due to medication, inactivity and takeaway food I became overweight and finally developed diabetes.

I blame the mental health system for becoming Diabetic because I was not warned of the potential weight gain when I was started on anti-psychotic medication. I believe that patients should be strongly encouraged to exercise.

Islam teaches that after every hardship, there is ease.

Has faith helped you? How? Please share.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. In this world there are so many afflictions, worries and despair. Like Allah says, Allah is with those who patiently persevere. This is a test, and no matter how hard it gets, you need to look towards the heavens and pray to him! Even if this world gets too hard and you die, you can knowing the kalimah will be on your lips, when you are in the throes of death. To die an easy death, with peace, and many angels surrounding you, to take you home.

    Inshallah, brother, this life is fleeting and the eternal afterlife only becomes even more better the more we suffer! We shouldn’t fall into self pity, for this is a sign of little faith.

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  2. No idea why
    You write mental Muslim the title! Astonish me and put me inheart touchable think about you and about those people who suffer in mental illness.
    Life is beautiful always i believe on it .In this journey if you are alive that means you have got time to do something. This article make me sad with thinking one think “Muslim isn’t mental ” this article make confusion between people. Everyone can be mental patient if the teaching of prophet Muhammad (s) don’t follow. Our system is too much not in system.
    I request you write something new to overcome your destructive thinking .this can be heal you .In mind we have many questions but this exam will be finished soon … If someone say Muslim is mad then also see in his/her community. They are more unhappy in life cause the “ruhu” isn’t happy in “dance bar “or so called showing life .Ruhu need also food which only give “Quran”.

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  3. Yes, my faith helps me everyday. Thr little things and thing big ones too.
    When I feel like my patience is wearing thin, my faith reminds me of the rewards of patience.
    When I feel like I have less or why don’t I have this or that, my faith reminds me again and again that whatever I have is more than enough, be grateful for whatever you have.

    When family members fall ill or have remained ill for many years, my faith reminds me that there is a place beyond this world, place of peace and tranquility, a place free of worries, a beautiful, wonderful abode of happiness!

    Whenever I feel sadness, my faither again helps over and over … Always the verse from the Quran comes to mind
    Laa Tahzan innallaha ma’ana – do not grief for Allah is with us.
    How at peace the heart feels!

    Thank you for this wonderful blog post.
    Many more to come we hope.

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