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Human beings are surely a complex species. Despite having all that they could ever need or desire, they can be discontent with life. A person upon whom Allah has bestowed great blessings can be envious of another. Many of these factors can indeed lead to depression. Similarly, humans are also very emotional. Being under various kinds of pressure can, by all means, result in anxiety, stress, and tension. Thus, we must turn to duas for our benefit, including duas for stress, anxiety, and depression.

Anxiety, stress, and depression can have severe consequences for our daily lives. These health problems can affect our ability to work or study and reduce our productivity. This can affect relationships as one may become anti-social as a result. Most of all, it affects our personal well-being and our relationship with Allah, as a result. Thankfully, there are Islamic ways to reduce stress as Islam is a practical religion.

For human beings, these are troublesome psychological traits that can impact our everyday lives. Since this is all related to mental health rather than physical, there are no sure shot medications to resolve it. However, as Muslims, we believe in Allah and turn to Him for all solutions. As stated in Surah ash-Shu’ara, it is Allah who cures one when he is unwell.

Improving our state of mind in these moments is critical. Therefore, we must turn to Allah for help. There are many duas from the Prophetic Sunnah that we can utilize in these situations for our betterment. Here, we look at ten of the most authentic duas for stress that we can recite in such circumstances. We present the duas in Arabic and simultaneously the English meanings.

#1 – One of the best duas for stress and sadness

Duas for stress and sadness

Allaah umma inni a ‘oodhu bika min alhammi wal huzni, wal’ ajzi wal kasali wal bukhli wal jubni, wa dhal ‘id deen wa ghala batir rijal

(We seek refuge in Allah from anxiety and sadness, feebleness and laziness, stinginess and timidity, the weight of debts, etc.).

#2 – Dua for seeking refuge and ease worries

Duas for seeking refuge

Allahumma innee a’oodhu bika minal-‘ajzee, wal-kasalee, wal-haramee, wal-bukhlee, wal-jubnee, wa’ audhu bika min’ adhabil-qabree, wa min fitnatil-mahyaa wal-mamaati

(Seeking refuge in Allah from incapability, lethargy, old age, stinginess and cowardice, the punishment of the grave, and the tests of life and death).

#3 – Dua glorifying Allah

Dua glorifying Allah

Laa ilaaha il Allahu al-‘Azeemu al-Haleemu, laa ilaaha il Allahu rabb-ul-‘arshil Azeem, laa ilaaha il Allahu rabb-us-samaawaati wa rabb-ul ardhi wa rabb-ul ‘arshil kareem

(Allah is the only one who has the right to be worshipped, while no other does. He is the magnificent throne’s Lord. We can worship besides Allah, Lord of the Heavens, Earth, and the honorable throne).

#4 – Dua seeking Allah’s mercy

Dua seeking Allah's mercy

Allaah-umma rahma tika arjoo falaa takil nee ilaa nafsee tharfata’ ainin, wa aslih lee shaanee kulluhu laa ilaa haa illaa anta

(Seeking Allah’s mercy and asking Him not to leave us in charge of our affairs for even a moment and to revolve all our affairs for us. None possesses the right to be worshipped apart from Allah).

#5 – One of the duas for anxiety and stress

Dua for anxiety

Allaah ummaa innee ‘abduka waibn’ abdika waibn amatika, naasiyatee bi yadika maadin fiiyya hukmuka’ adlun fiyya qadaa’uka, as’aluka bi kullee ismin hu wa la ka sammayta bihee nafsaka aw anzaltahu fi kitaabika aw ‘allam tahu ahadan min khalqika aw ista’tharta bihi fee ‘ilm il-ghaybi ‘andakan taj’ala al-Qur’ aana rabee’ a qalbee wa noora sadree wa jalaa’a huzni wa dhahaaba hammee

(Affirming that one is Allah’s servant, son of his male and female servant, whose forelock is in Allah’s hand. Allah’s command over us is always carried out and His decree over us is fair. Asking Allah, by all His names, to make the Quran the life of one’s heart and light of one’s breast, and an exit for one’s sadness and a release for anxiousness).

#6 – Amongst the duas for stress are asking for Allah’s forgiveness

Dua for forgiveness

Laa ilaahaa illaa antaa subḥaanakaa innee kuntoo minaz-dhalimeen

(Declaring that none possesses the right to be worshipped but Allah. Marvelling at His perfection and admitting that one was certainly from the wrong-doers.)

#7 – Dua affirming Allah as the One Lord

Allah is One

Allaahu Allaahu rabbee laa ushriku bihee shai’aa

(Affirming that Allah is one’s Lord, and one associates nothing with Him).

#8 – Seeking Allah’s help can be considered as one of the duas for stress

Dua for Seeking Allah's help

Yaa Hayyoo Ya Qayyumoo bi rahma tika asta ghees

(Seeking help by the mercy of the Ever-Living, Everlasting One).

#9 – Allah is the Only Creator and Sustainer

Subhaan Allaahi al-Azeem, yaa Hayyoo yaa Qayyoom

Subhaan Allaahi al-Azeem, yaa Hayyoo yaa Qayyoom

(Glorifying Allah, the Magnificent, and addressing Him as the Living and Sustainer).

#10 – Allah can make anything easy

Dua Allah can make anything easy

Allaah ummaa laa sahla illaa maa ja’altahu sahlan, wa anta taj’al ul ḥazna idhaa shi’ta sahlan

(Affirming that only Allah makes a thing easy, and if He wishes, He makes a difficulty easy).