Category Archives: Islamic Psychology

Importance of Social Support in Islamic Psychology

Social support plays a crucial role in human life and well-being. There is also a  strong emphasis on it in Islamic psychology, aligning with the teachings of the Quran, the Hadith and Islamic scholars’ opinions. Social support in Islamic psychology is defined as helping or assisting an individual with any means to improve his or […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Seen through an  Islamic POV

BY H MOTALA Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, is a widely practiced and highly effective approach to psychotherapy that has transformed the landscape of mental health treatment. Rooted in the belief that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, CBT seeks to empower individuals to understand and manage their emotional well-being by exploring and modifying their […]

Why do I feel Empty? The Spiritual Void and Its Fulfilment

by Rushna Ali Khan When we look around, we see smiling faces but empty hearts. There is materialistic abundance in people’s lives but no satisfaction. Outer chaos has conquered inner peace. Why? Why is there emptiness, lack of happiness and displeasure? We call this “spiritual emptiness.” Materialism and worldly pleasures have created “spiritual holes” in […]

Spiritual Practices in Islamic Psychology

by Abubakar Haruna Spiritual practices have an important history, recognition and relevance in psychology.  They promote well-being, personal growth, and resilience in human beings. There are various practices that promote the psychological well-being of people, inner peace and social discomfort. Most psychological theories and frameworks explicitly incorporate these practices (to be noted below) but there […]

Cultivating Gratitude in Children

by Sarah Saeed Gratitude is recognizing and acknowledging good experiences and outcomes resulting in a state of appreciation. It is an emotional state as well as a dispositional trait. As Muslims, we believe that the source of all blessings in our life is Allah (SWT) and therefore all our gratitude must be directed towards him. […]

Role of Khuluq in Islamic Psychology

By Abubakar Haruna In Islam, character is paramount such that Allah and His Prophet (SAW) emphasized the importance of character (Khuluq) several times in the Quran and in the hadith. Khuluq, as a character or disposition, plays an important role in Islamic psychology. It refers to the moral and ethical qualities of an individual and […]


A typical day for Aisha often involves discussions with her friends. One day, the question which was sprung upon everyone was quite unexpected. Her friends opined,  “What’s the purpose of honesty and goodness when the bad people are gaining more in this world?” While it was hard for Aisha to produce some tangible answer on […]

Nafs (Soul or Self) In Islamic Psychology

This is the fourth component of Islamic Psychology. The concept of the nafs (often translated as “soul” or “self”) is central to understanding the human experience. The nafs is seen as the essence of a person and it is believed to be a complex and multifaceted aspect of the human being. There are several different […]

Role of Shariah in Islamic Psychology

By Abubakar Haruna This is the third component of Islamic psychology. The Islamic law known as Shariah plays a very important and central role in directing the behaviour and beliefs of Muslims.  Shariah is a central concept in Islamic psychology that provides guidance and structure for individuals seeking to live fulfilling and meaningful life. By […]

Importance of Tauhid in Islamic Psychology

by Abubakar Haruna Tawhid is a fundamental concept in Islamic psychology that refers to the oneness of Allah and the belief that everything in the universe is connected to Allah (SWT). Tawhid is derived from the Arabic word “wahid” which means one. It is one of the central concepts of Islamic theology, philosophy and it […]