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The Completeness of Islam: A Multifaceted Way of Life

Islam is a comprehensive way of life that encompasses all aspects of human existence. From mental health to nature, spirituality, the economy, politics, manners, and family care. Islam’s multifaceted nature and its relevance provides profound guidance and wisdom to Muslims.


Spirituality is at the heart of Islam. The Quran and Hadith provide extensive guidance on developing a deep, personal relationship with Allah.
“Indeed, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest” (Quran 13:28)
Central to Islamic spirituality is the practice of the five daily prayers (Salah). These prayers are not merely rituals but profound acts of worship that strengthen the connection between the believer and Allah. Praying five times a day at prescribed times creates a rhythm of devotion, reminding Muslims of their purpose and aligning their lives with divine guidance. 
“The closest a person is to His Lord is when he is in prostration” (Sahih Muslim).
“The similitude of one who remembers his Lord and one who does not remember Him, is like that of the living and the dead” (Sahih al-Bukhari).

Mental Health

Islam recognises the importance of mental health and provides guidance on maintaining psychological well-being. The Quran emphasises patience and reliance on Allah during times of distress: 
“Verily, with hardship comes ease” (Quran 94:6).
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also encouraged seeking help and making dua (supplication) for mental relief: “There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment” (Sahih al-Bukhari).


Islam teaches a deep respect for nature and the environment. The Quran frequently references the signs of Allah in the natural world: 
“And He is the One Who spread out the earth and placed firm mountains and rivers upon it, and created fruits of every kind in pairs. He covers the day with night. Surely in this are signs for those who reflect.” (Quran 13:3).
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) highlights the importance of caring for the environment: 
“If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person, or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (Sadaqah) for him” (Sahih al-Bukhari).


Islamic economic principles promote justice, fairness, and welfare. The prohibition of usury (interest), in order to prevent the extortion of others and for the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer, is one example: 
“Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest” (Quran 2:275).
Zakat (a wealth tax given to charity) is another pillar of Islam, aimed at redistributing wealth to those in need: “And establish prayer and give Zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves — you will find it with Allah”(Quran 2:110).

Politics & Justice

Islamic governance is based on justice and the welfare of the people. The Quran states: 
“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives” (Quran 4:135)
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) provided an example of leadership based on compassion and justice:
 “The best of rulers are those whom you love and who love you, who pray for you and you pray for them” (Sahih Muslim)


Islam places great emphasis on good manners and etiquette. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, 
“The best among you are those who have the best manners and character” (Sahih al-Bukhari).
The Quran instructs believers to speak kindly and avoid harsh words: “Worship none but Allah; be kind to parents, relatives, orphans and the needy; speak kindly to people; establish prayer; and pay Zakat”* (Quran 2:83).

Family Care

Family is the cornerstone of Islamic society. The Quran and Hadith provide detailed guidance on maintaining family bonds and treating family members with kindness and respect.
 “And We have commanded people to ˹honour˺ their parents. Their mothers bore them through hardship upon hardship, and their weaning takes two years. So be grateful to Me and your parents. To Me is the final return.”* (Quran 31:14)
“The best of you are those who are best to their families, and I am the best among you to my family” (Sunan Ibn Majah).


Education is highly valued in Islam, both for men and women. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim” (Sunan Ibn Majah).
The Quran encourages the pursuit of knowledge, in fact, the first words revealed from the Quran was:
“Read in the name of your Lord who created” (Quran 96:1)
These verses among others were the fuel to the fantastic strides achieved by Muslims in the past in the field of science, astronomy, mathematics, medicine and much more, and continue to provide inspiration for Muslims today. 

Social Justice

Social justice is a fundamental aspect of Islam. The Quran advocates for the rights of the oppressed and marginalised: 
“O believers! Stand firm for Allah and bear true testimony. Do not let the hatred of a people lead you to injustice. Be just! That is closer to righteousness. And be mindful of Allah. Surely Allah is All-Aware of what you do.” (Quran 5:8)

Health and Hygiene

Islam emphasises health and hygiene, recognising them as vital components of a healthy life. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Cleanliness is half of faith” (Sahih Muslim).
The Quran also highlights the importance of consuming lawful and pure food: 
“O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship” (Quran 2:172)

Charity and Community Support

Charity is not only encouraged but mandated in Islam (except those in need of it). Zakat (obligatory charity) and Sadaqah (voluntary charity) are means to support those in need and promote social welfare: “The example of those who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah is that of a grain that sprouts into seven ears, each bearing one hundred grains. And Allah multiplies ˹the reward even more˺ to whoever He wills. For Allah is All-Bountiful, All-Knowing.” (Quran 2:261).

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity” (Tirmidhi).

The completeness of Islam is evident in its comprehensive guidance covering all facets of life. From promoting mental health and environmental care to fostering spirituality, economic justice, political integrity, good manners, strong family bonds, the pursuit of education, social justice, health and hygiene, charitable deeds and much more. Islam offers a holistic approach to living a balanced and fulfilling life. Its teachings are timeless and applicable to everyone of us.


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