Music in Islamic Spiritual Care: A Review of Classical Sources


  • Nazila Isgandarova Emmanuel College of Victoria University



Islam, music, Islamic spiritual care


The primary goal of this article is to describe spiritual and religious considerations of music in Islamic spiritual care for enhancing spiritual care to Muslims. In medieval times in the Muslim world, music played an important role in healthcare practices. For example music was used not only to enhance spirituality of patients but also to improve their health. Many Muslim scholars and musicians used musical theory and techniques as a way of connecting patients with the Divine, inspiring hope and finding meaning in their crisis, suffering and illness. Therefore music can be used in spiritual care for Muslims as a tool to connect patients with spiritual sources of strength.

Author Biography

Nazila Isgandarova, Emmanuel College of Victoria University

Dr. Nazila Isgandarova is Spiritual and Religious Care Coordinator at Ontario Multifaith Council and Spiritual Care Provider at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is specializing in spiritual care and counselling. She has a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counselling, marriage and family studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011 and Master of Social Work from the University of Windsor. The title of her doctoral thesis is “The Effective Islamic Spiritual Care: Foundations and Practices of Imams and Other Muslim Spiritual Caregivers”. As an internationally published researcher, she focuses on Islamic thought, counselling, spiritual and religious care in a healthcare setting, counselling in a multi-faith context, and Muslim identity in the West, she has a strong desire and an awareness of the importance of, and willingness to be involved in educating the general public about Islamic spiritual care and counselling and diversity of Muslims. Nazila has authored several articles that appeared in different academic books and journals. Nazila is also a fiction writer. Very recently, Professor Jennifer Bryson, who is the Director of Islamic Studies at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, chose her novel The Nectar of Passion as a subject of her paper titled as “How Muslims are Countering Anti-Semitism Through Arts Today.” Dr. Bryson presented her paper at the International Conference on The Future of Social Relations: Rethinking Prejudice and Togetherness in Times of Crisis sponsored by the European Research Council of the European Commission. She described the Nectar of Passion as “a lovely story with good characters and tremendously positive themes.”




How to Cite

Isgandarova, N. (2015). Music in Islamic Spiritual Care: A Review of Classical Sources. Religious Studies and Theology, 34(1), 101–114.