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Spirituality, an important concept, is connectedness with Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala), ourselves and the world around us. For Muslims, it is intricately tied to our religious practice, taking Islam beyond rituals, rules and routines to a way of life that is shaped by our relationship with our Creator. Our spirituality helps us to define who and what we want to be in our relationship with Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and with others. This aspect of our religion may easily become neglected as we focus on the prescribed religious actions, without the spiritual connection.

There is a significant relationship between our spirituality and our family relationships. For many of us, we learned what we know about religion, faith and spirituality from our families. How families practice religion generally influences its members views, beliefs and practices. For most people, the quality of their relationships and the quality of their spirituality tends to influence each other. When we are close to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala), we are more likely to treat others better. We tend to be more forgiving and flexible, increasing the likelihood that others want to be with us. As we treat people well, they are more likely to treat us well in turn, thus creating a positive feedback loop. At the same time, when people experience happiness in their relationships, they are more likely to experience a positive state. This positive state typically leads to increased motivation, which can result in an increased spiritual connection to prayer and other types of worship, all of which can increase spirituality.

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Nurturing Spirituality in the Family