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Placing spirituality in the contemporary world: the Islamic spirituality vs. secularized spirituality

Abdullah, Fatimah (2022) Placing spirituality in the contemporary world: the Islamic spirituality vs. secularized spirituality. Al-Hikmah: International Journal of Islamic Studies and Human Science, 5 (4). pp. 27-45. E-ISSN 2637-0581

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This article argues that secular humanists’ scholars like postmodernists are developing great interest in spirituality as though they are beginning to have a positive approach towards religion and as though they are beginning to abandon their secular humanistic beliefs. Despite such positive approach towards spirit-ualism, they have not changed their position against religion. In fact, in the spiritual practices of Eastern religions such as the tran-scendental meditation of Buddhism and Hinduism in healing Western troubled souls has however no clear relationship with religiosity. In the same vein, Postmodern preaches that mental growth, development, inner peace and contentment are gained on a personal and individual level instead of developing a relation-ship with God. This kind of secularization to spirituality is absurd and confusing to Muslims who do not differentiate between the Western conceptions of spirituality and religiosity. Hence, the objective of this paper is to address the issue of spirituality brought forth by secular humanism and postmodern, by drawing the distinction between western secular conception of spirituality and Islamic spirituality, the nature and the significant of spirituali-ty and the relationship between spirituality and religiosity and spiritual intelligence. This paper concludes there is a necessary and positive relationship between religious and spiritual practices and psycho-spiritual wellbeing and life as a whole. From Islamic perspective, no spirituality without religiosity. Spirituality is the essence of religiosity and they are undoubtedly of equal important and significant to understand the role of religion which is revealed from God, as a way of life. Hence, there is no good without God.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: secular humanists, spirituality, seculari-zation of spirituality, religiosity and spiritual intelligence.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fundamental and Inter-Disciplinary Studies (Effective: 5th Feb 2014)
Depositing User: dr fatimah abdullah
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2022 14:40
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2022 14:50
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/100482

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