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The need for spirituality in our lives

Abdul Razak, Mohd Abbas (2021) The need for spirituality in our lives. IIUM-Today, 11 August 2021.

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Ever since man started to exist in this world, there has been an innate nature in him to reconnect to the source from which he originated. This instinct to know the Ultimate source of all creations is naturally found in people from time immemorial till today regardless of whether they come from the East or West. Human beings feel that life is incomplete without binding a good relationship with their Creator. Driven by this natural instinct (fitrah), though unspoken by words, man subconsciously displays a hunger and thirst to understand God/Allah. As a result of this, for a very long time, perhaps since many centuries ago a section of humanity is constantly in search of God. In our observation on what has been happening around the globe, despite the push for modernization and progress, people in the East have maintained their old traditions, value systems, philosophies and spirituality. Conversely, in the West it is diametrically a different scenario all together. Due to the Renaissance movement, Secularism and other philosophies that came later, people in the West, drifted far away from God, religion, revelation, etc. The gap between man and God in the West which started in the past has been widening as the Western world goes through new development in the areas of science and technology, plus the coming age of globalization. The fact that science and technology were able to unravel the mysteries found in the human creation, cosmology, flora and fauna; provided modern means of transportation and communication, breakthrough discoveries in medicine, robotic engineering, etc. gave people the confidence that they can handle everything on their own without any divine intervention. Their infatuation and over-glorification of science and technology took people away from God. At one point, the over veneration of science and technology reached a stage whereby people assumed that the two were their new found “gods” replacing their “Father in Heaven”.

Item Type: Article (Electronic Media)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Need, Spirituality, God, Religion.
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 > Department of Fundamental and Inter-Disciplinary Studies (Effective: 5th Feb 2014)
Depositing User: Dr. Mohd Abbas Abdul Razak
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2021 19:18
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2021 19:18
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/91445

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