15 Therapeutic Verses From the Quran
Updated: Feb 8
2020 has been an extraordinary year, and undoubtedly, a stressful, tumultuous time for many people. In times like these, it is crucial that we continue to take care of ourselves by being attentive to our own needs and making the time to practice self-care. This may include doing yoga, meditating, journaling, confiding in someone you trust, or engaging in a favorite hobby or activity.
But 1400 years ago, when knowledge on mental health was extremely limited and self-help books were almost nonexistent, there was one source that people would turn to when they were in need of comfort during hard times, and that is the Quran – the book containing the literal word of God Himself.
Indeed, centuries after the Quran was first sent down, it is still considered a major source of healing and contentment for so many people. And to demonstrate this fact, here are 15 verses that I believe readers will find to be extremely comforting.
1. We send down the Quran as a healing and mercy for the believers, but it only increases the wrongdoers in loss” (17:82)
Of course, it is imperative that I start off with the verse where God himself says that the Quran is meant as a source of comfort for all of mankind; that it was sent as a form of “healing” and “mercy” for the believers. Those who choose not to follow its message will only be deprived of its benefits.
2. “Whoever has done a good deed will have it ten times to his credit, but whoever has done a bad deed will be repaid only with its equivalent – they will not be wronged” (6:160).
On the Day of Judgment, we will be shown all our good deeds as well as our sins. These are what will determine whether we go to paradise or hell after we die. The reason why I love this verse is because God basically tells us how easy it is to get into Paradise. For every good deed that we do, it is counted as if we have done it ten times. And some good deeds are counted as even more than that! Meanwhile, if you commit a sin, it is only counted as if you committed it once. And if you repent and rectify your mistake, God erases that sin and counts it as a good deed instead. SubhanAllah, such is the mercy of our Lord.
3. “Do not think of those who have been killed in God’s way as dead. They are alive with their Lord, well provided for.” (3:169)
I find this to be an extremely comforting verse for anyone who has ever experienced grief. Losing a loved one is hard, but God assures us that these people are not actually dead, but with their Lord, being well provided for. They’re never truly gone.
4. Whether you are killed for God’s cause or die, God’s forgiveness and mercy are better than anything people amass” (3:157)
Similar to the previous verse, God assures us here that we shouldn’t be afraid of dying, especially if we were mindful of Him while we were alive and strived to do good to the best of our ability. He promises us that His forgiveness and mercy are better than anything this world has to offer. In fact, the words “Al-Ghufoor” (Most Forgiving) and “Ar-Raheem” (Most Merciful) are repeated countless times throughout the Quran to remind us of this fact.
5. "Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer - We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do." (16:97)
Beautiful verse where God promises once again that we will be rewarded for all the good that we did in this life. And not only that, but God will also cause us to experience joy and contentment in this world too. This is the promise He makes to those who believe in Him and follow His message.
6. "And your Lord says, "Call upon Me; I will respond to you." (40:60)
In this verse, God encourages us to turn to Him in prayer. If we are feeling grateful, turn to Him. If we are feeling sad and want our hardships to cease, turn to him. If we are feeling guilty and want Him to forgive our sins, turn to Him. No matter what the reason is, we should always turn to our creator and talk to Him. As the verse clearly states, He is always listening, and He will respond to us (by either granting our request or giving us something better than it).
7. Oh believers! Seek comfort in patience and prayer. Truly God is with those who are patient.” (2:153)
God once again encourages us to pray, and to especially do so when we are experiencing any kind of hardship. But of course, not every challenge in life is resolved by the next day. Sometimes it can take a while before we feel comfort and relief again. In that case, it is extremely important that we remind ourselves to be patient. And just like the verse says, God is always with those who are patient.
8. “Say (Oh Prophet), "Oh My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of God. Indeed, God forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Most Forgiving, Most Merciful" (39:53)
We all sin. We all make mistakes. But like God says in this verse, there is no sin that He will not forgive. To add some perspective to this, there were people at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who have committed terrible sins. Some of them murdered people. Some had plotted against the Prophet and tried to kill him. Some even buried their own daughters alive, yet God promises that as long as we repent and try to rectify our wrongs, He will forgive all our sins, even if they are as vast as “the foam of the sea.”
9. Do you think you will be admitted into Paradise without being tested like those before you? They were afflicted with suffering and adversity and were so shaken that ˹even˺ the Messenger and the believers with him cried out, “When will God’s help come?” Indeed, God’s help is ˹always˺ near (2:214)
This verse serves as a reassurance to those who are dealing with difficult times and are waiting to experience relief. God reminds us that His help is always near and that we shouldn’t despair, but rather, be patient and continue to turn to him in prayer. He also reminds us that dealing with hardship is part of our ultimate test (of being in this world). We are all going to be tested. We are all going to experience hardship in some form or another, but the best way to cope with such challenges is to practice Sabr (patience) and continue to be mindful of God. Only then will we experience contentment.
10. Indeed, God does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom's weight; while if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward. (4:40)
A beautiful verse where God promises us that on the Day of the Judgment, we will be rewarded for every good deed, big or small, that we’ve done in this world. He promises us great rewards for even the smallest acts of kindness. Every act of good that we do counts.
11. And ˹remember˺ when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will certainly give you more..” (14:7)
As many studies in psychology have shown, being grateful is often correlated with an elevated mood, higher self-esteem, higher self-efficacy, and lowered feelings of anxiety and depression. God basically confirms such findings in this verse. He promises that if we are grateful to Him, He will “give us more.” This could entail increasing us in our imaan, increasing us in happiness and contentment, healing our illnesses, relieving us of stress and hardship, rewarding us in the hereafter, and even giving us more from the gifts of this life – perhaps even all of the above! The possibilities are endless, subhanAllah.
12. Indeed, those in awe of their Lord without seeing Him1 will have forgiveness and a mighty reward (67:12)
It is very easy for people to not believe in something that they can’t see. Nobody can see God, and thus it is no surprise that many people don’t believe in Him. God acknowledges the challenge of believing in the unseen and thus, says in this verse that those who believe in Him despite not being able to see Him will have forgiveness and a “mighty reward.”
13. And do not extend your eyes toward that by which We have given enjoyment to [some] categories of them, [its being but] the splendor of worldly life by which We test them. And the provision of your Lord is better and more enduring. (20:131)
No doubt, this life is full of beautiful things, and we may find ourselves envying those who have more than we do. Whether it’s a nice car, a bigger house, or the latest beauty product from Sephora, God reminds us that all of these things are only temporary and are nothing compared to what will be offered in the hereafter. Thus, we shouldn’t spend so much time desiring the goods of this worldly life nor get upset that some people have more than we do. This life is only temporary, but the hereafter is everlasting.
14. Your Lord has not abandoned you, nor has He become hateful ˹of you.” (93:3)
A beautiful verse from Surah Ad-Dhuha, which, along with Surah Al-Sharh, were sent down after the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) became distressed after not receiving a revelation from God for some time. People began to say that God has left him or became angry with him, and that’s why He’s no longer talking to the Prophet. Obviously, this was further from the truth, and God sent down these verses to assure him of that. This serves as a powerful reassurance to anyone who believes that God “hates” them or has abandoned them. God never leaves us.
15. “And truly with hardship there is also ease…truly with hardship there is also ease” (94:6-7).
And last, but certainly not least, is this powerful verse from the Quran. And yes, it is technically two verses since it is repeated twice, but we will treat it as one verse. Basically, this verse assures us that no matter what difficulty we are going through in life, there is also ease that comes with it (i.e, there is light at the end of the tunnel), and afterwards, we will experience relief. So don’t despair or lose hope, but endure these hard times with patience. Eventually, it will come to pass and we will feel contentment again. This is what God promises us.
That’s it for my list! I hope my readers are able to feel comforted and consoled by these beautiful verses from the Quran. Of course, there are probably many more that I haven’t listed here, so if you know others, feel free to leave them in the comments! Also feel free to share this post if you think it will be of benefit to other people, inshaAllah.