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Religious beliefs, addiction tendency, sexual dysfunction and intention to divorce among Muslim couples

Andrés Alexis Ramírez-Coronel, Abed Mahdavi, Wamaungo Juma Abdu, Rahmawati Azis, Ammar Abdel Amir Al-Salami, Ria Margiana, Forqan Ali Hussein Al-Khafaji, Narmin Beheshtizadeh
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 1 | a8400 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i1.8400 | © 2023 Andrés Alexis Ramírez-Coronel, Abed Mahdavi, Wamaungo Juma Abdu, Rahmawati Azis, Ammar Abdel Amir Al-Salami, Ria Margiana, Forqan Ali Hussein Al-Khafaji, Narmin Beheshtizadeh | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 December 2022 | Published: 20 April 2023

About the author(s)

Andrés Alexis Ramírez-Coronel, Research group in educational statistics, National University of Education (UNAE), Azogues, Ecuador
Abed Mahdavi, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Wamaungo Juma Abdu, Department of Education, EDURES Global Link Institution, Jakarta, Indonesia
Rahmawati Azis, Department of Epidemiology-Biostatistical, Institute of Health Science Tamalatea, Makassar, Indonesia
Ammar Abdel Amir Al-Salami, Department of Qur’anic Studies, College of Islamic Science, The Islamic University, Najaf, Iraq
Ria Margiana, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia; and, Andrology Program, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia
Forqan Ali Hussein Al-Khafaji, Department of Media, Al-Mustaqbal University College, Babylon, Iraq
Narmin Beheshtizadeh, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Al-Zahra University, Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of


Described as a gem in Islam, intellect can lead all individual and social behaviours towards balance, appeal and godliness. Given the utmost importance of protecting intellect in this divine religion, everything from eating and drinking to reading, listening and entertainment is thus considered haram [viz. remains prohibited] if it makes threats to the health of mind and soul. In general, narcotics and substance abuse in all forms can have crushing and all-encompassing effects, that is, inflict heavy blows on the body, soul, mind, willpower and religion in a person and consequently destroy life in the family and society. The continuation of life as well as the stability and survival of this holy institution accordingly depends on many factors, including addiction tendency (AT) and sexual dysfunction (SD). It is also obvious that the balance and optimal use of sexual instinct on the accepted path of religion will be the key to the family health and strength. Altogether, the role of AT and SD on intention to divorce (ITD) in Indonesian Muslim couples (n = 450) was investigated in 2022 in this study, wherein one partner had previously attended addiction treatment centres over the last 6 months. The study results ultimately demonstrated that AT could induce SD and consequently raise ITD among Muslim couples.

Contribution: The study results confirmed the harmful impacts of AT on SD among Muslim couples, which could increase their ITD. In view of this, it was suggested to promote religious teachings in the family to benefit from their positive effects.


Islam; religious teachings; religious beliefs; addiction tendency; sexual dysfunction; intention to divorce.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being


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