Inner Peace in Islam
Every Human being on this planet whether he is rich or poor, black or white, proletarian or bourgeoisie, king or beggar, Muslim or non-Muslim, is in search of peace. The important element which a human needs the most for living is mental peace.
Inner peace lies in two major things: in serving the humanity and in the remembrance of Allah. Islam has put great emphasis on both of these things. That would not be wrong to say that Islam is the religion of peace and tranquility. Islamic teachings lead to the inner peace if people follow them as per to the guidance of Quran and Sunnah. As Allah says in Surah Ma’idah, verse 15-16:
“O People of the Scripture, there has come to you Our Messenger making clear to you much of what you used to conceal of the Scripture and overlooking much. There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book. By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darkness into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path”. [5:15-16]
The above verses state that we have the scripture in the form of Quran which is the complete guide book, and we have the lifestyle of Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) to know the right way of living. In religion Islam, Muslims have been guided in their every walk of life by mentioning the pros and cons of each and everything. Now it is up to the people that if they are studying the Islam or not to get the right standards of living which ultimately benefit the minds with peace and calmness.
Many psychologists and behaviorists argue that at the end of the day the greatest human drive is mental peace. Islam is the road to peace and serenity. It starts with the most basic thing i.e. greeting among Muslims; Muslims are prescribed by Allah to say ‘As-Salam-alikum’ whenever they meet with other Muslim brothers. The meaning of this Arabic phrase is “May Allah blesses you with peace”. Similarly, there is one of the names of Heaven ‘Dar As-Salam’ which means “House of Peace”. Among 99 names of Allah, there is one name ‘As-Salam’ which has its own beautiful meaning “The Source of all Peace”. Indeed! Allah is the best source of peace, and mental peace lies in the remembrance of Almighty Allah. Allah is the Creator of this entire universe and of all the things we are blessed with, so in order to find peace in those things we must thank Allah daily, for being blessed with the luxuries, children, parents, and for everything we have. Allah says in Surah Taha, verse 124:
“And whoever turns away from My remembrance - indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind." [20:124]
Those who are suffering from severe mental health issues and they do not find a particular reason for always being depressed and having mood disturbance, should turn to Allah for help. People who are having these symptoms are needed to look their issues in the light of Quran, because there is hope and cure in Islam to overcome such problems. Allah says in Quran in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 257:
“Allah is the protector of those who have faith He will lead them from the depths of darkness into light. As for those who disbelieve, their patrons are devils: from the light, they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be the companions of the fire, to dwell therein forever”. [2:257]
We must need to keep faith in Allah no matter what because He is the only entity who has solutions of every difficulty. As mentioning in the above verse of Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah says that He will take out people from the depths of darkness to the light of peace and harmony, the only condition is to have strong faith in Allah and to trust Him in every situation.