Contemporary Psychological Disorders and the Spiritual Therapy from the Qur’an and the Sunnah
The COVID19 pandemic continues to create havoc, fear and anxiety. More and more people are experiencing serious psychological and mental health issues. Reports show increasing trends toward self-harm, self-injury and incidents of suicide or attempted suicide in Malaysia today. With the increase in mental health issues among Muslims, it is crucial that Muslim practitioners, psychologists, psychotherapists and counselors explore the Islamic religious and spiritual resources from the Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah to find ways and means of addressing and overcoming various problems of mental and emotional distress: depression, anxiety, stress, paranoia, excessive fear or excessive anger. The Qur’an and Sunnah offers a treasure of approaches, solutions and answers to several issues of mental health today, promoting physical, moral, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual resilience that are absent from mainstream conventional Western psychology and psychiatry. Muslims patients should seek Islamic spiritual remedies, which would complement the mainstream medical or counseling solutions, remembering that the latter are secular-based with limitations and shortcomings, if not negative side-effects. The Islamic approach is holistic—but it does not preclude proper medical or psychiatric treatment for certain symptoms or ailments. It is not limited to the biological or social dimensions of mental distress but goes beyond. It seeks a complete and holistic solution by understanding the underlying spiritual roots or ailments of human psychological distress or mental disorders with the aim to bring about lasting as well as sound psychological growth of human beings, who are essentially spiritual and moral beings created by God.