Anxiety

Anxiety is another thing which frequently troubles the heart. We find in the Qur’an:

Whereas another group became prey to anxious thoughts,
thinking other than the truth about Allah –
thoughts belonging to the Days of Ignorance –
saying, “Do we have any say in the affair at all?”
Say, “The affair belongs entirely to Allah.”
(3:154)

This clearly shows us the nature of anxiety, revealing it to be, like ingratitude, a matter of ignorance. The difference between the two is that ingratitude is ignorance combined with fear. The fear of things somehow going wrong or not getting what you need. This is ignorance because the truth is that “The affair belongs entirely to Allah” and the believers know that it is not in the nature of their Lord to let them down: “Allah would not let your belief go to waste. Allah is All-Gentle, Most Merciful to mankind.” (2:143)

Anxiety comes from not really believing that Allah is in control of existence, from lack of trust in Allah, from lack of true knowledge of Divine Unity. It frequently manifests itself as anxiety about provision, as fear that we will not get what we need to feed, clothe and house ourselves adequately, so that anxiety about employment or lack of it, about income or shortage of it, is what in fact occupies most people’s hearts and minds and cuts them off from the possibility of active awareness of the presence of Allah.

(Islam – Its Basic Practices and Beliefs, Abdalhaqq Bewley)
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3 responses to “Anxiety

  1. Halime

    Nice article, but I am a bit confused… is: “Allah would not let your belief go to waste. Allah is All-Gentle, Most Merciful to mankind” from Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 142? Because that is not what that ayah says. Perhaps I mistaken, please enlighten me if that’s the case! JazakAllahu Khair!

    • Halime

      Actually, I found it out myself. It’s suppose to be Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 143. I think you should change that though so no one would get confused or mistaken.

  2. As-salamu `alaykum,

    Thanks for flagging that up. It’s indeed Ayah 143. I’ve changed it. Even in the book it says 142, must be a mistake.

    Thanks for leaving comments!

    ibn ayyub

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