Islamic Concept of Faith and Human Development

  • Amina Hanif Tarar Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Syeda Salma Hasan Professor/Chairperson, Department of Psychology, Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan
Keywords: faith, human development, Islam, tawḥīd

Abstract

The current psychological theory of faith proposes that faith is not restricted to belief. Rather, it is a way of being in this world incorporating all cognitive, emotional, and spiritual aspects of human life. Furthermore, faith is developmental in nature. The current article takes this developmental approach to faith, comparing its Islamic concept with the current Western paradigm. Undertaking an analysis of the concept of faith in the Qur’ān and ḥadīth, the discussion proceeds to discuss the stages of faith in Islam namely islām, īmān, and iḥsān. The cognitive, affective, and behavioural dimensions of human faith are discussed within Islamic paradigm with their implications for moral judgment and unique spiritual pathways for the individual. The article emphasizes how the integrative principle of tawḥīd binds all these dimensions together for a coherent and balanced human self.

Published
2020-09-30
How to Cite
Tarar, A. H., & Hasan, S. S. (2020). Islamic Concept of Faith and Human Development. ISLAMIC STUDIES, 59(3), 377-396. Retrieved from http://irigs.iiu.edu.pk:64447/ojs/index.php/islamicstudies/article/view/1133