Blessed Summit 2020 : Mental Health and Islamic Solutions

Blessed Summit 2020

Mental Health and Islamic Solutions | Keynote Speech and Final Dua by Shaykh Faizul Aqtab Siddiqi

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Addressing the Crisis and Dispelling the Myths Around Mental Health

The whole world is experiencing a growing mental health crisis.

The World Health Organisation gave global health estimates to be as follows:

  • 1 in 4 people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives
  • Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide
  • 320 million people suffer from a diagnosed depressive disorder globally
  • 264 million people suffer from a diagnosed anxiety disorder globally
  • 1 person dies every 40 seconds from suicide
  • Worldwide 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders
  • Half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and three-quarters by mid-20s
  • Depression and anxiety is much higher in women globally
  • Substance use disorders and antisocial behaviours are higher in men globally

This crisis has become intensified in the face of Coronavirus, a staggering global epidemic. Psychiatrists and leading experts around the world have called upon global leaders to prioritise mental health during this unprecedented time, saying that “Preventing suicide needs urgent consideration.”

Modern living has become a source for stress, anxiety and depression in huge volumes of people today. Many institutions have been called upon to tackle this growing crisis. Governments and world leaders have called upon medical experts, schools, various charities and organisations and people in their local communities to try to solve the issues. Many policies have been put into place and organisations and individuals have all made sincere efforts to try to resolve and treat the mental health issues in our people internationally and nationally. Many of these institutions attempt to treat either the symptoms or the cause of mental health issues; much of their ‘solutions’ rely on medication, various types of therapies or well-being exercises or a support network. Whilst each of these serve to alleviate or reduce the symptoms or help the individuals find some relief and a way to function better, the inner state of the individual is often never fully recalibrated.  These institutions serve a great role in trying to improve matters for individuals, but they rarely bring individuals to a state of inner contentment and complete wellbeing. Often this is because there is a one-dimensional solution treating an aspect of the individual’s issues rather than a comprehensive solution catering for them in every way. Islam is unique in that it is a truly holistic path that offers practical steps to improve mental wellbeing. Islamic practice offers the opportunity for introspection, self-improvement, self-regulation, positive social interaction, spiritual remedies and a complete way of life that can restore peace and bring about a true sense of fulfilment. Embracing the Islamic lifestyle in a fulfilling and meaningful way has proven to be a truly effective means of eradicating mental health issues of anxiety, depression and stress.

Mental health problems are often a hidden and debilitating illness made worse by the taboo of society’s reluctance to talk about uncomfortable or difficult topics.  Such stigma in many communities often worsens the problem and can lead to very extreme consequences, such as self-harm, suicide, poor quality of life and anger management issues resulting in domestic violence. Muslim communities (including South Asian, African and Middle Eastern) suffer from a similar taboo of not confronting the diseases of the mind in a practical and constructive way. Too often families trivialise serious mental health illnesses, or make up their own outlandish false diagnosis of the person who is suffering from a serious illness as being possessed by spirits or jinns. This can lead to extremely dangerous consequences for those suffering from specific conditions and prevents them from getting the help they really need.

In Islam, keeping the mind healthy is as key to a person’s wellbeing as keeping their body and spirit healthy. Within the Islamic tradition and teachings there is much to be explored about how to find solutions to underlying mental health problems.

Hijaz Community recognises that there are solutions within Islam as well as the medical field to bring each person to a healthy equilibrium, mind, body and soul. In the Holy Quran we are told:

“Those people who are Believers, and attain serenity of their hearts with the remembrance of Allah (Almighty); Indeed, it is only with the remembrance of Allah (Almighty) that (one can find) the peace of mind and heart.”

Surah Al Ra’ad (13), verse 28

Thus, Islam provides ways to overcome internal mental anguish and the difficulties of mental health problems.

Hijaz Community invites young people, adults and families to the Blessed Summit Online to explore what 1.3 billion Muslims can do to better understand and help tackle the Mental Health crisis.

The Blessed Summit is a free three-day event comprising of speeches, workshops and worship focusing on developing an understanding of the true nature of man and his interaction with society. This usually takes place in the blessed sanctuary of the Hijaz Site. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, in accordance with social distancing guidance, the safest option is to live stream to our congregation online during the intended date.

 

 

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