Is Someone Who is Depressed Accountable for Their Actions? – Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbad

Question: Is one who is ill with the a psychological illness from those whom the pen is lifted?

Answer: “The pen is lifted from the one whose intellect is absent. As for the one whose intellect is present and he has depression or a psychological illness, then the the pen is not lifted from him. The pen is lifted from the one who is missing his intellect. As comes in the Hadith:

رفع القلم عن ثلاثة: النائم حتى يستيقظ، والمجنون حتى يفيق، والصغير حتى يبلغ

The Pen has been lifted from three : from the sleeping person until he awakens, from the minor until he grows up, and from the insane person until he comes to his senses [Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood no. 4399]

[Sharh Sunan no. 494]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

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