In the Name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful

 Religiosity, spirituality and mental health

 In today’s article I’ll focus on the Role of Religiosity/Spirituality.

“Spirituality/religion emerges in research as an often beneficial source of coping strength in helping in prevention, coping, and at times recovery from physical or emotional illness.” (Larson, Sawyers, & McCullough, 1997)

 Current Trends: Presently, there is significant increase in scholarship investigating role of religiosity/spirituality in physical and mental health. Scholars recognize that human experience is more than behaviors, cognitions, intrapsychic conflicts and neuro-chemical imbalances. It is proved that humans in are, in fact, spiritual beings.

The Meanings of Spirituality and Religion

 Spirituality: it is an individual’s personal experience of seeking the sacred in life. Through spirituality an individual is striving to connect with God.

Religion: it involves social institutions with rules, rituals, and formal procedures.

Religion/Spirituality and Mental Health

There is a positive relationship between religiosity-spirituality and

Of 100 studies that examined religion and well-being 80% found significant relationship between greater religious involvement and:

 Greater well-being encompasses-

 There are some negative associations with

 Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health

Depression: Review of over 80 studies show that religion/spiritual factors linked with lower rates of depression. People without religious links – raise risk of depression by as much as 60%. We can also see that religious beliefs and participation reduce the risk of suicide. Large national survey in United States of America proved that people who did not attend religious services – 4 times more likely to end their lives.

Religious/Spiritual Coping

Religious coping is commonly used by many people in times of stress. Personal faith and religious communities are primary means by which people cope. It is associated with health and mental health-related outcomes of variety of critical life situations. Religious & spiritual coping add to health and well-being beyond effects of non-religious coping on its own.

Studies with Muslim Populations: General Notes

Literature review of Medline/Psych Info/Journals of approximately 90 studies found participant groups include adolescents, university students, refugees, clinical patients, community dwellers, personnel in countries like Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Turkey, Bosnia, Kosovo, USA, Canada show that

 Positive Association between Religiosity and:

Negative association between religiosity and:

Mechanism of Action

Meaning and Purpose in Life


“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (adh-Dhaariyaat (51:56)

 Character Development/ Positive Emotions

Principles and injunctions in Islam:

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The most perfect man in his faith among the believers is the one with the best behavior.” Ahmad and Abu Dawud

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) also said, “Nothing is weightier on the scale of deeds than one’s good manners.” al-Bukhari

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) directed humans to path of purification of the soul and personality development

Coping Resources


Coping Resources

Behavioral responses to stress

Spiritual Modeling

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) perfect spiritual model for achieving mental health, wellbeing, and inner serenity

Spiritual Modeling

Guidelines for every facet of life

Other Mechanisms of Action


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