Depressed due to acne and other self esteem issues

Q: I am severely depressed due to acne on my face. For so long it won't get cured and due to it I have many phycological problems and mental disorders like ocd, anxiety, immense stress depressions and suicidal thoughts.

When I try to stay positive and forget about it, someone comes and passes negative remarks and reminds me of it again and how bad it looks. I am extremely depressed and can't even face my family. I have extremely low self esteem and and feel caged in my body. Its' on my mind 24/7 and can't do anything because of it. I am also failing in my studies due to it , and am failing in deen and dunya. Please help me.

A: This world is a place of tests and trials. Each person faces different forms of trials. However, as Muslims, we should never allow our minds and hearts to be overcome by the evil whispers of Shaytaan. Rather, focus on the great rewards for patiently bearing the test that we are faced with. Nabi Ayyoob (alaihis salaam) also suffered with a kind of skin ailment, resulting in him being totally isolated and all alone. However, he patiently bore this test, resulting in Allah Ta`ala praising him in the Qur'aan Shareef for his endurance and patience. Your primary concern should be the pleasure of Allah Ta`ala. You do not have to worry about what the world says, for if Allah is pleased with you then you have achieved everything that you can ask. And if Allah is displeased with you, then there is no good in people's compliments and praises. May Allah Ta`ala grant you a complete cure from your illness and restore your health.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)