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Article 50

This Article Volume  4 Issue 1

First published June 2014, doi : 10.7187/GJAT502014.04.01
Publisher Kolej Universiti Islam Sultan Azlan Shah, Perak, Malaysia.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Its What And How From An
Islamic Perspective
Abdul Latif Abdul Razak
Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety in which a person suffers fromobsessions i.e. unwanted intrusive ideas which recur to the person persistently; and compulsions i.e. behaviours that a person feels compelled to perform repeatedly in a ritualistic manner withthe aim of relieving the anxiety from the unpleasant obsessive thoughts. Although compulsion and obsession are common, once the individual experiences excessive discomfort, then he or she would be diagnosed as a patient of this disorder. Most of the research outputs on this disorder are based on secular and irreligious perspectives. Thus, this research aims at religiously diagnosingits root causes and exploring its remedies based the Qur’an and Sunnah and the works of earlyMuslim scholars. The finding shows that this disorder, its etiology and treatment, has beenextensively discussed in many works of early Muslim scholars that can be benefited by modern psychotherapists. 

Keywords: Obsessions; Compulsions; Anxiety, Psycho-spirituality, Religious therapy 
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