The Effects of the Legislated Statements of Remembrance in Repelling Grief and Anxiety By Shaykh 'Abdur Razzaaq Ibn 'Abdul-Muhsin Al-Badr
From that which is known is that between this life and the Hereafter the individual may experience some adversities and some afflictions may befall him. He may be tried with some painful things that will cause him distress and cause heartache and cause a tight feeling within his heart. Perhaps it will bring about for him a lot of sadness, grief, and anxiety.
This sadness or pain, which afflicts the heart, is either connected to past affairs, or it is connected to future affairs, or it is connected to the current affair of the person. Perhaps the person reflects upon affairs which have passed and things which have missed him, so he feels pain and sadness due to that. Perhaps the pain, which afflicts his heart, is connected to future affairs, so that he fears things which are eminent that he expects to occur. Perhaps the pain is connected to the current state of the person; such as a calamity that has befallen him or descended upon him, so he is distressed due to it.
Due to this the scholars say:
“If the pain, which afflicts the heart, is connected with something from the past then it is sadness. If it is connected with something from the future, then it is anxiety. If it is connected to the current condition of the person, then it is grief.”
These three: Sadness, anxiety, and grief, are all pains which come to the heart. Moreover, when they come to the heart of the person they cause him to be irritable, make him lose sleep, and they cause him stress. His appearance, when they are present (upon him) is not the same. This is to the point that you can read this in the faces of some.
You may meet one of your friends and without him speaking to you, you say to him: “What’s wrong; I see you to be distressed or sad or that you are suffering from anxiety…”This is without him even speaking to you. That is since his pain is apparent upon his face; especially if it is severe upon him. For they are affairs, which afflict the individual due to various reasons and circumstances in this life. Upon investigation into the path to remedy them and striving to repel and remove them from one’s heart, we find that the people vary greatly in this regard, and they turn, in trying to remedy them, to various directions. However, there is no remedy, nor medicine, nor any healing, or peace, except in truly returning to Allaah the Majestic and High.