Islamic spirituality is rooted in the remembrance of God.
A lot like mindfulness, spirituality for a Muslim involves being fully present and aware of what we’re doing and why.
Muslims do this by connecting to God through prayer, reflection and daily acts.
Spirituality is a space for self-reflection, and the Prophet Muhammad said: “He who knows himself will know his Lord.” Thus success in the Quran is defined in spiritual terms: “He who has nurtured his soul, is the successful one.” (91:9)
In Islamic thought, the heart is at the centre of human consciousness - through which Muslims focus on their love for God, and by extension, the love for His humanity and His creation.
The Quran states: “Spend in the cause of Allah and do not contribute to your destruction with your own hands, but do good, for Allah loves those who do good.” (2:195)
According to an Islamic saying, God says: “I cannot be contained in the space of the earth, I cannot be contained in the space of the heavens. But I can be contained in the heart of my loving servant.”
Divine love is a core aspect of Islamic spirituality, which has been captured by Muslim poets throughout time, including the famous Muslim poet Rumi, who said: “Lose your soul in God’s love. I swear there is no other way.”
In Islam, every aspect of life is attached with spirituality. Muslims are encouraged to play an active and beneficial role in this world: planting a tree, caring for a neighbour or helping a person in need are all spiritual acts.