Dr. Aisha Utz
Psychology From The Islamic Perspective
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Islam offers a precise, uncomplicated, and comprehensive theory of our spiritual nature, our purpose and priorities in life, and how we can attain serenity and happiness in this life and the next. In Psychology from the Islamic Perspective, Dr. Aisha Utz Hamdan includes specific references to scientific research that corresponds to, or builds upon, what is already known from revelation.
Psychology, with all its by-products and off shoots, has assumed in the West the status of religion, and for many people has replaced it. As in other areas of social sciences, some Muslim thinkers and scholars have developed an amazing skill for the unthinking repetition and blind copying of Western, non-Islamic ideas and practices. “In the Lizard’s Hole” is a Prophetic epitaph that describes this activity very well. Some Muslim psychologists insist dogmatically on prying even into lizard’s holes that have been partly or totally abandoned by their Western counterparts. But do Muslims really need modern psychology at all? Is modern psychology wholly Western? Is there a way in which it could be reconciled with Islam? These burning questions lie lurking behind the dilemma of Muslim psychologists.
It is surprising that Islam is gaining momentum in the West amidst negative media coverage. The surge of new converts on hostile ground proves that Islam is a true religion that needs reckoning by the West. On 7th October 2002, it was reported in St. Petersburg Times that “Every year, about 20 000 people in the United States convert to Islam, according to a study conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.”
On 22nd February 2004, Nicholas Hellen and Christopher Morgan reported in The Sunday Times that “More than 14 000 white Britons have converted to Islam after becoming disillusioned with western values, according to the first authoritative study of the phenomenon. Some of Britain’s top landowners, celebrities and the offspring of senior Establishment figures have embraced the strict tenets of the Muslim faith.”
The intention of writing this book is not to create enmity or dissension, but to convey the truth about Islam. We pray to Allah that it will benefit everybody, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Dr. Danial bin Zainal Abidin graduated from Alexandria University, Egypt and is a licensed medical practitioner. He is also the managing director of Danial Zainal Consultancy in Malaysia, a panelist for several TV programs in Malaysia, a columnist and author of 12 books.
“Corruption is a disease that can sweep through society like a tidal wave, leaving in its wake a trail of negligence, lethargy, inefficiency and callous disregard of man’s inhumanity to man. What is it like to live inside such a society? Why has it taken such strong root in so many countries? Is there no sense of outrage and shame against such a phenomenon among our elite? What can be done to stem the tide? Is it corruption as it is known in the West? These disturbing questions and more are answered in this book. Corruption in all its forms, bribery nepotism, and extortion, is shown for what it is – a major cause of the dehumanization and victimization of innocent people. The corrupt have no aspirations for the betterment of their societies. For this reason, all decent people must be gravely concerned with the problem and nurture the next generation to confront the corrupt and disrupt their way of life.”
The Islamic Worldview, Ethics and Civilization: Issues in Contemporary Interdisciplinary Discourse (P/B)
Part 1: Worldview and Civilization
1. Culture and civilization: A review of concepts (Suleiman M. H. Boayo)
2. The question of development in Islam: Revitalising the role of worldview & civilizational vision (Abdelaziz Berghout)
3. Urbanization & resources sustainability: lessons from Maqasid al-shariah (Abubakr Imam Ali-Agan & Muhammad Bello Ibrahim)
4. Defining moderation & extremism in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah (Jamal Ahmed Badi)
5. The Islamic Worldview on the preservation and restoration of mental health (Abdul Latif Abdul Razak)
Part 2: Ethics and Religion
1. The role of religion in shaping moral character: Islamic & catholic perspectives (Fatmir Mehdi Shehu)
2. Media audience ethics in Islam and Christianity (Abdul Kabir Hussain Solihu)
3. Voluntarism: An Islamic Perspective (Kabuye Uthman Sulaiman)
4. Servant leadership in Islam (Abdul Raufu Ambali, Ahmad Naqiyuddin Bakar, Jasmine Ahmad & Zahra Tariq)
5. Islamic Perspective of suicide attack: concepts, causes and effects (Md. Yousuf Ali)
6. Euthanasia: An Islamic Perspective (Mohammad Manzoor Malik)
The author presents a penetrating diagnosis of the illnesses of humanity today, together with a fascinating overview of the Islamic metaphysics, unearthing its spiritual and moral values and its timeless relevance and applicability. Man and universe is a compelling and urgently needed piece of writing about what we human beings are, where we stand, and what we can do about it.
Every Prophet had a miracle which he showed to his people and challenged them with. Some of the Prophets even had more than one sign as a definite proof that. they were sent by Allah; challenging their nations to bring anything similar to it if they denied it. Every sign given to any of the Prophets was exclusively meant for his people and when he died, his signs ceased to exist.
However, one such miraculous sign shall remain, complete and preserved with the command of Allah, until the Day of Resurrection. This miracle is the inimitable Qur’an, the everlasting Book of Allah given to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Anyone who lives after the death of this Prophet of Mercy will be able to see it, read it, and realize for themselves the truth that it contains.
Who was the teacher who taught Prophet Muhammad the scientific facts described by the Qur’an? Did he possess tools of scientific research that enabled him to discover all that? Did he have airplanes and rockets that enabled him to discover what was beyond the sky?
The answer is that He possessed such knowledge that could never be affected by falsehood because it is the word of God. All that he informed us – of the past and present signs in the Universe and within ourselves – has been discovered by science as proven fact, and no doubt, the future signs will be discovered, just as he predicted.
Muslim civilisation has experienced an overall decline during the last five centuries after having witnessed a long period of prosperity and comprehensive development. This raises a number of questions such as what factors enabled Muslims to become successful during the earlier centuries of Islam and what led them to their present weak position. Is it Islam which is responsible for this decline or are other factors which come into play
In this penetrating study has tried answer these questions thoroughly and has then discussed a reform programme that could help reverse the cycle of decline.
An important work by Sheikh Muhammad Qutb about the true meaning of being a Muslim, questioning whether the life we are living today as a nation of Muslims is truly the Islamic life taught by the Qur’an and Sunnah.
In this work, the noted author Dr. Shaikh Abdul-Rahmaan al-Luwaihiq has concentrated on many the manifestations of extremism found in the Arab world. However, upon closer inspection, one will readily note that many of the ideas which Dr. al-Luwaihiq critiques can be found in many Muslim communities. Indeed, Dr-Luwaihiq touches upon many topics of direct concern to Muslim minorities living in the West. For example, he addressed the following topics:
- The definition of extremism and its parameters from a Shareeah perspective,
- The place and importance of the hijrah,
- The ruling for the hijrah under different circumstances,
- The definition of taqleed and the question of making an oath of allegiance to a group’s leader,
- The ruling of taking a governmental post under a tyrant Muslim ruler,
- The Shareeah conditions and parameters for declaring another Muslim a disbeliever.
These are the kinds of issues that Muslims are often confused about. Dr. al-Luwaihiq has also done an excellent job in the way that he handles these issues. He does not simply present the views of the extremists and critique them. Instead, he presents the issue from the point of view of the scholars of the ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jamaah. If there is a difference of opinion on an issue, he presents the issue in detail, giving all of the relevant proofs for each viewpoint. Then he tries to determine the strongest view on the issue. It is only after presenting the correct view that he evaluates the extremists. He allows them, by quoting them at length, to present their own viewpoint. After that, he gives a critical analysis of their viewpoints and clearly shows where and how they have erred. This is indeed an excellent and very beneficial approach that he has followed.”
Translated by Jamaal al-Din M.Zaraboro