At the heart of our psychological issues is feelings of worthlessness. Lacking self confidence and esteem. It forms the root of most psychological disorders that I know of and experience.
Just because we are muslim, does not automatically absolve us of these feelings of worthlessness, just like any other faulty beliefs people could have in “pre-islamic ignorance”.
And most of us may be familiar with the concept that “Islam is the solution“. For every problem, there is an answer in Islam, because Islam is a way of life divinely revealed.
So then, where is our solution for psychological disorders? Does islam have an answer for us? But of course, but as far as I know, the resources haven’t been tapped into appropriately.
But for starters, let me give you a tidbit. What makes us worth something? Islam teaches that we have a Rabb. A Rabb. Someone who Created our very essence, our being. Some who took care of us by giving us a spirit and life, and choose parents for us, and oversaw all our affairs. And for those who are muslim, he chose for us His religion and guided us to be on this religion.
This Rabb is our Caretaker. The fact that we were chosen to be given life, that we were created by somebody, that we were selected to be of the most noble and honorable creation in the human being, and on top of that, to be able to know and fulfill our purpose in life all indicates where exactly our self worth comes from. The fact that This Rabb is the Provider and Gift giver, so every single beautiful enjoyable thing that you have is a gift from Him. The fact that This Rabb is the Most Compoassionate and Caring to us. All of this indicates where our self worth should come from.
Now this is a basic theoretical idea. You may not feel any different after reading this. I don’t expect you to, because I probably wouldn’t either. Many of us may not even want to think about ourselves and how we were created, because we have been so keen on rejecting and denying who we truly are. I know I’m guilty of this. It may give you bad feelings and resentment to think that someone created you for you who you are. And all of these feelings is a byproduct of our feelings of worthlessness.
But the great news is that there is a practical way for us to develop our self worth. What is that way? Islam has the answer, and I’m working on it, and insha’Allah soon I will start telling you about it, bit by bit, piece by piece.