On Dealing with Mental Illness Amongst the Youth

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

How should we deal with mental illness amongst our youth? Is there a light dhikr that people can read that can ease their state?

In general, any dhikr or prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ is beneficial in this regard. The following adhkar can be recited specifically:

Recite 100 times a day:

رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لي صَدْرِي و يَسِّرْ لي أَمْرِي

Rabbi-shraḥ lī ṣadrī wa yassir lī amrī

“My Lord bring tranquillity to my heart and give me ease in my affair.” (20:25-26)

Recite 70-450 times a day according to the need:

حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيل

Hasbunallāhu wa ni’am al-wakīl

“Allah is enough for us and He is the best One in whom we place our trust.” (3.173)

Recite 11-100 times a day:

و أُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِي إلى الله إِنَّ الله بَصِيرٌ بِالعِباد

wa ufawwiḍu amrī ila’llāh inna’llāha baṣirun bi’l-‘ibād

“I resign my affair to Allah, Allah is fully aware of (His) slaves.” (40.44)


Recite Surat al-Inshirāḥ (94) and Ayat al-Kursī after every prayer.

Surat al-Ikhlāṣ, al-Falaq and al-Nās are also effective in warding off different types of harm


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