Spirituality in Islam

By Syed Viqaruddin, word for peace


Righteousness and Spirituality are integral part of Islam. In-fact they are intertwine with each other. Many wrongly assume spirituality and righteousness as two different facets. Spirituality is never bereft of righteousness. The purpose of our lives, according to Islam, is not just mere worship. Many wrongly assume the first step to salvation through spirituality is abandoning the worldly affairs completely and living a life of fakir and hermit.

Spirituality in Islam is not about abandoning all the worldly affairs and live in seclusion to worship Allah. There is no concept of sanyas or sanyasi in Islam. Islam promotes all round development. A person has to always stay connected with Allah and at the same time discharge all his duties. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a hadith says a person who worships Allah, spends in charity, and works for the welfare of people, is dearer to Allah than the one who spends all his time in worshipping alone.
Life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is a perfect example of spirituality and the best template for spirituality in the world. Unlike others saints and various spiritual figures, he led a very active family life, yet he was, and will be, more spiritual than any mortal who walked the world. His life dispenses the myth that an active family life and interest in worldly affairs is hindrance in attaining spirituality. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the perfect family man. He was an obedient son, loving husband, and dotting father. For Sahabah, he was an inspiring leader, great mentor, and a par excellent friend. When it comes to managing affairs of people, he was a highly successful administrator, astute strategist, benevolent philanthropist, compassionate lawmaker, active human right activist, and a great warrior who led from the front. He was also a peerless social reformer and the first to ban infanticide, alcohol, and interest. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also abolished all kinds of discrimination, particularly the ones based caste, color, creed, religion, and economic status. He also spent a good part of his life working extensively for the rights of women, prisoners, slaves, orphans, and religious minorities. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a good businessman too. While he did all this in daytime, he spent his nights worshipping Allah vigorously.
From Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) life, we learn it is not just enough for a good Muslim, or I must say for a Momeen, to spend all his time only in worship. We of course must not fall prey to the worldly temptation but yes, we ought to take interest in the affairs of people and work to stop all that is haram and spread halal. Allah says that humans are the best of the creations because of the empathy and compassion that is engrain in our DNA. We are send to this world with a great purpose of serving humanity and if someone limits to worship alone the he is not serving the purpose of his existence.


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