What is it about?

This study creates a valid argument that Islamic teachings specifically can have a notable effect on students’ overall health. This particular therapy originates from the Islamic concept of soul purification/cleansing (otherwise known as: tazkiyah al-nafs).

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Why is it important?

Our findings are keys for the integration of religion into mental health treatment. Activities in this therapy (i.e., performing tawba prayer and reciting istighfar) are part of everyday religious life of Muslims. Incorporating such practise into a therapy system allows participants to apply what they learned during the sessions in their own daily lives after the intervention ended. As such, the applicability of this therapy provides convenience and practicality for clients to overcome daily challenges as well as significant life events.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has co-authors with whom we have had long standing collaborations. This article also lead to Islamic Psychology groups contacting us and ultimately to a greater involvement in rare Islamic Psychology research.

Irwan Nuryana Kurniawan
Universitas Islam Indonesia

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This page is a summary of: Repentance and seeking forgiveness: the effects of spiritual therapy based on Islamic tenets to improve mental health, Mental Health Religion & Culture, February 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2018.1514593.
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