Original Research - Special Collection: Faith Seeking Understanding

Effect of spiritual intelligence on spiritual health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Badrudin Badrudin, Aan Komariah, Candra Wijaya, Barowi Barowi, Akib Akib, Samrin Samrin
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 1 | a6594 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i1.6594 | © 2021 Badrudin, Aan Komariah, Candra Wijaya, Barowi, Akib, Samrin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 March 2021 | Published: 11 November 2021

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Badrudin Badrudin, Department of Islamic Educational Management, Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teacher Training, Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Gunung Djati, Bandung; Department of Islamic Educational Management, Program of Postgraduate, Institut Agama Islam Cipasung, Tasikmalaya, Indonesia
Aan Komariah, of Science Education, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Bandung; Department of Leadership, School of Postgraduate Studies, Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha, Bali, Indonesia
Candra Wijaya, Postgraduate Program of Islamic Education Management, Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teacher Training, State Islamic University of North Sumatra, Medan; Faculty of Islamic Education, Dharmawangsa University, Medan, Indonesia
Barowi Barowi, Department of Islamic Educational Management, Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teacher Training, Universitas Islam Nahdlatul Ulama Jepara, Jepara; Program Sufism Islamic Studies, Walisongo State Islamic University, Semarang, Indonesia
Akib Akib, Department of Islamic Educational Management, Postgraduate Program, State Islamic Institute of Kendari, Kendari; Department of Elementary Teacher Education, Faculty of Teacher Training, Universitas Terbuka UPPJ Kendari, Indonesia
Samrin Samrin, Department of Islamic Educational Management, Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teacher Training, State Islamic Institute of Kendari, Kendari, Indonesia; Department of Islamic Education Religion, Faculty of Teacher Training, Muhammadiyah University of Kendari, Sulawesi Tenggara, Indonesia; Dean’s Office, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

According to the Islamic thoughts, conditions for spirituality have been proposed to be theism, prophecy, resurrection, piety, knowledge and so forth. However, non-religious spiritual schools have various shortcomings, the most important of which are temporary, devoid of truth, contradictions and one-dimensionality. Hence, the present study investigated the relationship between spiritual intelligence and spiritual health of Muslim medical students of Penang, Kuala Lumpur and in Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, 1000 medical students were selected as the statistical population by simple sampling method and standard questionnaires were used to collect data. Data analysis confirmed a positive and significant relationship between spiritual intelligence and spiritual health amongst medical students (r = 0.78, p = 0.00) by Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software. Moreover, results indicated the benefit of Islamic teachings with the spirituality required by human beings. Modern human life, with its significant advances in the material areas, has not been successful in paying attention to spirituality and thus neglected it. Therefore, various mental diseases are caused by material domination in the lives of today’s people that are devoid of spirituality. Furthermore, the emergence of various secular spiritual schools verifies that Western societies, in particular, after the failure of the church, are one of the reasons for the emergence of such false spiritualties. With regard to the unity of spirituality and religion, therefore, spirituality cannot be separated from religion in different ways.

Contribution: This article contributes to the relationship between spiritual intelligence and spiritual health of Muslim medical students.


Keywords

religion; spirituality; spiritual intelligence; spiritual health; Malaysia

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