Studying Status of Leisure Times and Tourism in Quran and Hadiths with emphasis on Spirituality

Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Department of Theology and Islamic Teachings, Mazandaran University

2 Quran and Hadith Division, Department of Theology and Islamic Teachings, Mazandaran University, Mazandaran, Iran

3 faculty member, Quran and Hadith Division, Department of Theology and Islamic Teachings, Mazandaran University, Mazandaran, Iran

10.22133/ijts.2019.91023

Abstract

Human beings are constantly active to live their everyday life. They spend long hours of their life on working and activity in closed and confined environments. That along with urbanization, mental and psychological traumas and physical harms has led some to think about leisure time and its significance in their life. Meantime, various schools of thought and ideologies attach great significance to leisure time. Islam also recognizes the necessity of tourism, as a prescribed form of leisure time, at individual and social life. In this regard, tourism with a spiritual approach is followed by an intellectual upgrade and spiritual evolution of humans, leading to intellectual and spiritual enrichment. This study has been conducted to examine the status of leisure time and tourism in the holy Quran and hadiths. This descriptive-analytical research, which is based on Quranic verses and hadiths frequently narrated in authenticated books, aims to examine various aspects of leisure time and tourism in the Quran and hadiths. The findings of this research show that Islam views leisure time as a moral issue. Relying on the Quranic verses and hadiths, tourism may be divided into halal (permissible), makrouh (non- recommended) and haram (strictly forbidden). Quranically tourism with a spiritual approach brings about serenity, durability and blessings while being faith-based and beyond gender division.

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