Irregardless of who you are, there is always going to be a time where we might feel empty and lonely inside, even though everything in our life seems to be going fine. This is perhaps due to the fact that we may be missing the spiritual feeling of being connected with Allah.
Islam is a religion that emphasizes the concept of peace and the well-being of its followers. While there are guidelines for us to follow, Islam has set out the 5 pillars for its followers to practice.
These pillars actually help to increase the spiritual and physical health of its followers. Each of the five pillars of Islam has its own meaning that relates to improving the spiritual health of each Muslim.
Below is how one’s spiritual health can be maintained or strengthened by following the five pillars of Islam:
1. Declaration of faith
Faith is very important in Islam, and one begins their journey by proclaiming the Shahada. When a follower has such faith in Allah, then all the problems and difficulties in life will appear to be lighter as the follower is aware of the fact that Allah is on their side, and He never lets down those who count on Him. So a Muslim should not be pessimistic even in such difficult circumstances, as they have belief in Allah and His mercy; any challenges can be overcome with the help of Allah, thus strengthening their spiritual health.
2. Doing the obligatory prayers
“And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember.” (11:114)
The second pillar of Islam is performing the five obligatory prayers. When performing the prayers, it will help to elevate the spiritual health of a person by being able to focus on Allah, rather than getting too caught up in their day to day activities.
“And establish prayer and give zakah, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah. Indeed, Allah of what you do, is Seeing.” (2:110)
Zakat means to give back to charity; in the Arabic language it basically means purification. By giving alms back to the needy, Muslims can purify their hearts from greed, and the act also helps in building up the society. This activity of Zakat can help in improving a person’s spiritual health by helping them to avoid being selfish.
“So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful” (2:185)
By participating in fasting, Muslims will actually be able to take care of their physical health and at the same time, train themselves from doing bad things that can affect a person’s spiritual status. Not only that, fasting also helps a person physically cleanse their body as they are more prone to being wary of what they put in their body during the period of fasting.
5. Hajj Pilgrimage
If we are able to do the hajj, the activities that comprise hajj can certainly improve the physical and spiritual health of a Muslim. The prayers, the Tawaf of Kaaba, the universal gathering; these are some of the factors that can help in building up the spiritual and physical level of a Muslim.
May Allah help us in enjoying the best of our health, both spiritually and physically. Ameen!