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Islamic Conceptions of Well-Being

  • Mohsen JoshanlooEmail author
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Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Abstract

According to Islam, worshipping and serving Allah are humanity’s ultimate function, the fulfillment of which constitutes well-being. In other words, well-being is living a life in which all one’s actions and intentions are organized around the principle of Allah’s absolute sovereignty. This view requires absolute submission to the will of Allah in every aspect of life, no matter how small. Detailed guidelines on how to live a proper life are provided in the sharia, which is God’s revealed law to govern individual and social life. This notion of well-being underlies all concepts of well-being formulated in all Islamic schools of thought (e.g., Islamic philosophy and Sufism) throughout Islamic history including contemporary islamic conceptualizations of well-being.

Keywords

Well-being Happiness Islam Islamic philosophy Sufism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyKeimyung UniversityDaeguSouth Korea

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