Finding comfort with OCD in the Quran (2:286) |

Finding comfort with OCD in the Quran (2:286)

Finding comfort with OCD in the Quran

The whole Quran has this unbelievable way of amazing me. Its beautifully poetic verses and breath taking words just settle in my heart and mind so warmly. Though the whole Quran has the power to make me feel like everything will be okay, there is one verse that absolutely wins my heart. That verse is "On no soul doth Allah place a burden greater than it can bear" 2:286. (This verse is also repeated in 6:152, 7:42 and 65:7).

I can not think of any other verse in the Quran that empowers me as much as this one does. This is a verse I often reflect on in times of stress, sadness and need. Think about it. Just repeat the words.

On NO soul does Allah place a burden GREATER than it can bear.

Now, tell me, what is it that we can not overcome? What test is too much to bear? What final exam, what major decision, what grief of a loved one passing away, do we not eventually overcome? The answer is simple - none.

This verse really hit me at a time I needed it most. For the last couple of years, I have been suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD. It is a disorder that effects millions of people, and is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain.

This disorder caused me to have many unnecessary thoughts. I would repeatedly replay incidents over and over in my head. The type I have is more of a mental OCD, rather than a physical type. However, I would sometimes encounter physical anxiety. For example, sometimes I felt I had to touch something a certain amount of times or repeat things.

The hardest challenge was when I came to have difficulties in making wudu, the purification washing before performing a prayer. I was always under the impression that my wudu was not good enough or that I missed washing a spot. I would literally stand in front of the sink repeating my wudu until I thought I had it perfect. The same would happen with my prayers. I would pray the same prayer 3 times just to make sure it was "perfect".

Little did I know that on one particularly rough day, I would be inspired. I was feeling very down because of the OCD. I just could not handle it. It is hard to explain to someone who does not have it, it is just so frustrating because it seems like an easy thing to handle, but for one who has OCD it is incredibly exhausting.

So, I am standing in front of the sink, wondering to myself why it is so difficult to just be content with the things I do. I was so angry. So upset. Until the phone rang. It was my brother, calling from his college dorm.

My mom picked up the phone and spoke with him. I assume she told him that I was having a rough day, so he asked to talk to me. When I got on the phone, all he said was, "Go look in the Quran in chapter 2, verse 286".

So I went and picked up my Quran that he had recently bought me. I flipped through the pages until I came to the verse. Then I stared at the words and read them in my head. "On no soul does Allah place a burden greater than it can bear." I had to fight back tears. I actually felt like Allah had written those words just for me.

It was that day that I really understood what those words meant. I still reflect on the words every time I need to. So I want to tell you all, my brothers and sisters, let those remarkable words settle in your hearts and minds. Always remember that there is nothing we can not overcome. Allah said so. 

(By the way, OCD can be controlled, please reach out to a doctor if you feel you need too. Always remember Allah is watching over you).


Hello, may Allah ease your pain. Have you heard of ERP and Ali greymond , go watch her YouTube channel she is amazing 



This post has made me tear up and has given me a new perspective. Because of ocd I had felt crushed between an endless loop of redoing wudu and prayer. My ocd comes in sourts and is very unpredictable. I was able to relate with this post, and you have helped me keep on persisting. Thank you

This is happening to me taking wudhu for a long time. It is really painful. It is easy for others to say ignore It but when you don't have confidence in your wudhu how can you perform salah..thinking that It will not be valid and thinking of hellfire.

Salam brother.. If you have this issue of doing wudu for long and thinking your salah is invalid.. Please watch this video it will help you for sure..I understand it can be really painful to deal with but just dont give up.. There are alot of islamic videos abt these kind of ocd problems , search for them , try your best to overcome it and make alot of dua i know its hard but Trust Allah with all your heart, trust me Allah will always make a way out if u have faith in him.. May Allah bless you and make it easy for all of us. Ameen.



I am suffering from ocd.when someone jokes on me I cry that make me ashamed,so my thoughts says that don't to live but in faith of Allah I still alive.wat to do




I understand how you feel. Your Rabb is the Most Merciful, Especially Merciful, and would not wish any difficulty for you. Your Rabb is Indeed the best disposer of affairs, and your Rabb will guide you, InshAllah, to feel a beautiful feeling, or think beautiful things that you thought would never be possible. It gets very hard at times and you may feel as if there is no way out. I also have ocd, I have never told anyone, but my family has noticed that something was up. I know that all of those words hurt, especially when people say something about you and it, but you have no control over it. I remember being terrified many times before due to my ocd, the anxiety and those thoughts, it's very hard. But one thing I will always remember is how I found peace. We all have a beautiful purpose: worshipping the One and Only Rabb, knowing that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala will never let us down, knowing that through prayer do our hearts, minds and souls find peace. Knowing that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala will never burden our souls more than we can bear. I learned that remembering you have no control over what will happen in the future, and only your Rabb is in control. I also learned that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala knows your intentions, and would not wish for any difficulty for you. If it gets difficult and you are afraid, then always remember that your Rabb is the most merciful, your Rabb knows your heart, your Rabb knows your difficulties, your Rabb is always there and will always be there. Your Rabb will never leave you, and whenever you reach out through the dua, through prayer, through dhikr, through the Qur'an, through plainly remembering, understanding and believing in your lord, you will truly ind a beautiful peace, InshAllah. 


Don't give up. If you feel like you're alone, know that your Rabb is always there waiting for you, responding to your call and your prayers. Know that whenever you send salawat on the prophet, Jibreel A.S will respond to you.

It's okay to not feel okay, your Rabb will always make you feel better. Al-Qur'an is the medicine for all broken hearts. 

I hope you are doing well, 





Hi im also suffering from ocd. Mines more mental than physical i have uncertainity in my mind nothing satisfies me . Also nothing interests me . I feel like im having a dead heart . May Allah Cure us All Ameem



Dear Brother Abdul,I have seen this website for the first time and found really helpful discussions on this thread.
May ALLAH shower His countless blessings on everyone.Aameen



AssalamuAlykoum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
I have been diagnosed with this crazy madness since 2006 and it has been harming me ever since. It makes me do things which are shameful such as watching Pornography, prevented me from praying EXACTLY 5 times a day...



I wish I could understand verse 2:286. It's one of the few verses I really struggle with. The Quran 2:286 says "On no soul doth Allah place a burden greater than it can bear" and yet my burden is so great that I feel like I'm being crushed under its weight and everyday I wish and pray for death everyday because I can't bear this pain anymore. My entire life has been torture as far back as I can remember. I was abused by evil parents and then I had an accident that left me disabled, no longer able to work, I lost my job, my independence and then eventually I lost all my friends. I've spent my life in constant physical and emotional pain with no one to turn to for help. I've been alone and isolated stuck in my bedroom everyday watching the world pass me by. Sometimes I don't go outside for several months. I've never been in a relationship and unlikely to ever be in one because it's impossible to find love when you're disabled and also in chronic pain and unable to get outside independently to socialise. I constantly encounter all sorts of bad luck and misfortune on top of all my problems. I sometimes wonder if I'm cursed. So how does verse 2:286 apply to me when I can't bear the burden placed on me ? If suicide wasn't a sin I would have left long ago but instead I continue to feel tortured and suffer in misery and pain everyday. I have a lot of faith in the Quran so I hate the fact that I can't comprehend verse 2:286. Someone please help me understand. How does that verse relate to me?


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