Stress is inevitable in our lives. In the modern world, we face daily mental and emotional challenges that tend to leave us caught and struggling between our needs and ambitions on one side and the actual circumstances and reality on the other. Whether these are big challenges like divorce, job loss or the death of a beloved one, or just everyday minor hassles like lack of time, traffic jams and juggling responsibilities, all these are stress-inducing factors that we experience on a daily basis, and they put the body in a continuous state of anxiety. This feeling depletes your energy, tenses your muscles, disrupts your blood circulation and most of all, it damages your immunity. Researches found that people who are faced with stressful circumstances on an everyday basis are more prone to microbial attacks and various immuno-compromised conditions than they would be if they were living under reduced tension. 
The way people cope with these events is a major factor in in whether or not their health is effected. Take for example divorce. Most people would say that divorce is one of the most devastation life crisis; it effects the whole family, and generates a highly stressful environment. Yet look at the Soorah (Chapter) in the Qur’an named Talaq or ‘Divorce’. Reading these verses makes you feel as if a kind, merciful hand is caressing you and giving you hope for the future. The verses are filled with positive attitude – assurances from Allah that things will get better, that there is a foreseeable end to the current misery.
فَإِذَا بَلَغْنَ أَجَلَهُنَّ فَأَمْسِكُوهُنَّ بِمَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ فَارِقُوهُنَّ بِمَعْرُوفٍ وَأَشْهِدُوا ذَوَيْ عَدْلٍ مِّنكُمْ وَأَقِيمُوا الشَّهَادَةَ لِلَّهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ يُوعَظُ بِهِ مَن كَانَ يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۚ وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجًا
وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ ۚ قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرًا
And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, We will make a way out for him to get out [from every difficulty], and He will provide for him from [sources] he could never imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then Allah will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things. [Qur’an 65: 2-3]
وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِ يُسْرًا…
…And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him. [Qur’an 65: 4]
وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يُكَفِّرْ عَنْهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِ وَيُعْظِمْ لَهُ أَجْرًا…
…And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will remit his sins from him, and will enlarge his reward. [Qur’an 65: 5]
لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا مَا آتَاهَا ۚ سَيَجْعَلُ اللَّهُ بَعْدَ عُسْرٍ يُسْرًا…
…Allah puts no burden on any person beyond what He has given him. Allah will grant after hardship, ease. [Qur’an 65: 7]
Reading this soorah – with deep belief and trust in Allah’s promises and His complete Power, Mercy and Wisdom – will reduce stress and give hope, helping a person cope with a disturbing situation, even in the most difficult circumstances.
أميرا عياض – غداء الروح والبدن