Original Research

Spirituality and survivorship: Dealing with COVID-19

Arikhah Arikhah, Imam Taufiq
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 1 | a8782 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i1.8782 | © 2023 Arikhah Arikhah, Imam Taufiq | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 March 2023 | Published: 17 July 2023

About the author(s)

Arikhah Arikhah, Department of Tasawwuf and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Ushuluddin and Humanities, Universitas Islam Negeri Walisongo, Semarang, Indonesia
Imam Taufiq, Department of Qur'anic Science and Tafsir, Faculty of Ushuluddin and Humanities, Universitas Islam Negeri Walisongo, Semarang, Indonesia


Spiritual awareness can help survivors be free from the shackles of COVID-19 by offering effective and efficient solutions while still adhering to health protocols. This qualitative research article aims to reveal the spiritual experiences of COVID-19 survivors and the role of spirituality in the healing process. The data were randomly collected from 10 COVID-19 survivors as primary sources from Java, Indonesia, who vary in age (30+), gender and profession. In contrast, secondary data were taken from the survivors whose experiences are shared online. Their information was later categorised based on concepts, attitudes and contents and then confirmed (cross-referenced) with previous studies of COVID-19 survivors’ spiritual experiences and their contribution to the healing process. Statements from informants were adapted to spiritual concepts, distinguished by frequency and interpreted. This study revealed that spiritual experiences contribute significantly to the healing process, enabling COVID-19 survivors to overcome fear and alleviate depression, thereby bolstering the immune system. They could be strengthened by recognising the pandemic as Allah’s will. Such recognition enables individuals to accept the disease better and the outcome can be improved through worship. This spiritual wellness contributes to survivors’ physical health, one of the most critical factors in recovery.

Contribution: This study contributes to coping with COVID-19 with a spiritual approach practised by its survivors by practising Islamic rituals to get closer to Allah. Spiritual endeavours can reduce survivors’ stress and boost their inner immune system so they remain optimistic, which eventually helps them recover.


spirituality; survivorship; COVID-19; worship; health; immunity; healing.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being


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