It is empirically suggested by various branches of science that human beings have better chances of elevating their mental hindrances when a sense of purpose and faith are acquired. Numerous studies and researches reported, such as this by Dr. Mercola, reveal that belief in a higher power, “regardless of the god or religious affiliation (including non-affiliation)”, reduces depression and “increases psychological well-being”.
As a human being with a tendency towards introversion and depression, I can literally conclude that this is true. Based on the awareness of my own mentality at various states of faith and lack thereof, I know I become stronger and mentally at peace, during states of depression as well as happiness, only when I resort to my conviction in a higher power.
It is true that exercise and spiritualistic practices, such as nature walks and yoga, alleviate depressive mental states as they fuel positive energy. However, true peace of the mind and the heart can only be attained with being in humble faith.
The power of God’s Protection
Say: He is Allah (God), the One and Only;
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
And there is none like unto Him. (Quran 112)
Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn
From the mischief of His creations;
From the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads;
From the mischief of those who practice secret arts;
And from the mischief of the envious one as he practices envy. (Quran 113)
Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind,
The King of Mankind,
The Allah/God of Mankind,-
From the mischief of the Whisperer (of Evil), who withdraws (after his whisper),-
Who whispers into the hearts of Mankind,-
Among Jinns and among men. (Quran 114)
With these words, I commence my days and end my nights. Especially in Arabic, these words have such power to always put me at ease in every situation. I always advise all I know Muslim and non-Muslim alike to recite them, because I believe in their power.
Chapters 112, 113 and 114 titled “Al-Ikhlass” (The Unity, Devotion), “Al-Falaq” (The Dawn), and “Al-Nas” (The People), are the last three of the Holy Quran. Their purpose is to keep the divine protection of our creator constant in our minds and hearts. What other entity has the ultimate power to protect you from all evil that could befall? The One who created you and all things, including evil.
As far as the accuracy of events in my memory goes, I clearly recall seeing those verses for the very first time, some 18 or 20 years ago, and how captivated by them I felt. I was at a restaurant in Cairo with my family eating lunch. There was a plaque on the wall above our seating area with those divine verses and my parents taught them to me right there and then. I was so happy and felt light as a feather, as if a heavy weight was lifted from my chest. And I never forgot those words.
Since then, thousands of times I recited those verses in my prayers and in my mind whenever calamities of life befall me, or even during periods of success and happiness – I put my trust in God. There were times I’ve gained a small measurement of success in life, forgetting to request God’s protection, only to find this happiness short lived. There were also times when I’ve been living in misery and sought God’s protection, to find my heart surely becoming at ease to face my problems.
Good and evil, yin and yang, are the natures of this world and you can never escape your fate. But all I know for sure is that God does not burden his creations with more than they are capable of handling. And by putting your trust in the Creator, therefore recognizing and surrendering to His Absolute Power, you can achieve a sense of ease and contentment. A clarity that you can always withstand the tests of this world no matter how difficult they may become.
In conclusion, I strive to always remind myself that nothing has the power to harm or please me without God’s Will, as we belong to God and Unto Him we shall return.