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Factors of Mental Health in the Quran: A Thematic Analysis

Hashi, Abdurezak Abdulahi (2021) Factors of Mental Health in the Quran: A Thematic Analysis. In: 3rd World Congress on Integration and Islamicisation 2021: Mental Health and Well-Being in the 4th Industrial Revolution, 4th-6th June 2021, Kuantan, Pahang.

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Mental health and its essential components of emotional, psychological and social well-being are among the subjects addressed in the teachings of the Quran. The Quranic terminologies like ‘aql, which is often translated into “mind”, or “intellect”, as well as the qalb, i.e., the heart, and the soul (ruh) are all related in various considerations to mental health. The intersection and the interplay of the functions of these terminologies, i.e., qalb, ‘aql, ruh, and related words, are worth reading. As illustrated in various chapters in the Quran, the proper connection between the functions of these terminologies leads to the state of mental health, known in the Islamic tradition as sa’adah, i.e., well-being and happiness (al-nafs al-mutmainnah). On the other hand, lack of proper connection between these functions leads to mental illness and misery (shaqawah). The state happiness and well-being are reached through spiritual connectivity (ibadat), God-consciousness (zikrullah), self-purification (tazkiyyah al-nafs), positive thinking (al-raja’), moral integrity, etcetera. This paper uses the method of textual analysis. It aims to study the Quranic verses related to mental health and its components by compiling the Quranic verses related to the topic and then thematically analysing so that conclusions on this topic are exposed. Besides the Quran and sunnah texts, related Muslim writings on this topic would also be unveiled. The finding of the study would be illustrations of the Quranic guidance on treating problems of mental health. The result is exacted to improve our understanding of spiritual healing techniques, and the role of spiritual health in mental health, through and within the teachings of the Quran and sunnah.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Additional Information: 92669/5735
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental health, Quran, Thematic analysis, Health factors, Well-being.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP134.S3 Quran and Science
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Science > Department of Biotechnology
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2021 15:53
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 15:53
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/92669

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