Islam

Disabilities and Mental Illness

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Although Islamic religion reflects firm beliefs and principles, people’s understanding on certain concepts may vary depending on their interpretation and awareness.
  • The Qur’an acknowledges the existence of disabilities as a part of God’s will. Disabilities are  not seen as a form of punishment but rather as a test of faith.
  • The Qur’an also recognises the importance of caring for people with disabilities
  • Views around mental illness are arguably less tolerant. Many Muslims believe that if a person is living by Islamic principles they cannot be depressed.

Islam provides Muslims with a code of behaviour, ethics, and social values to help them tolerate difficult times and develop adaptive coping strategies to deal with stressful life events. Islam teaches how to live in harmony with others: “Seek the life to come by means of what God granted you, but do not neglect your rightful share in this world. Do good to others as God has done good to you. Do not seek to spread corruption in the land, for God does not love those who do this” (Quran, 28:77).
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