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Therapeutic ethics: managing anger, negative thoughts and depression according to al-Balkhī

Abdullah, Fatimah (2011) Therapeutic ethics: managing anger, negative thoughts and depression according to al-Balkhī. AFKAR Journal of Aqidah and Islamic Thought (12). pp. 77-100. ISSN 1511-8819

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This article attempts to highlight the contributions of one of the great Muslim scholars, namely AbË Zayd Ahmed Ibn Sahl al-Balkhī (d. 322 AH), in treating the sickness of the soul as revealed by psychological symptoms such as anger, negative thoughts and depression as well as in managing psychological imbalance. Proper control and transformation of the human self or soul is essential for psycho-spiritual health. On the contrary, absence of control of the self and transformation results in psycho-spiritual imbalance. When the soul is healthy, all its faculties will be free from negative psychological symptomic behaviour such as anger, panic, depression and the like. To promote the wellbeing of the soul, we need to manage our emotions. For, spiritual joy and happiness are basic states on which the health of the soul can be gauged. This article concludes that, in order to properly sustain our soul, we should shield it from emotional and spiritual pathological habits and seek to root it in joyfulness conceived of as a spiritual state and not a skin-deep emotion.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 621/38850
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion
Depositing User: dr fatimah abdullah
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2014 16:38
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 16:39
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/38850

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