In contrast to viewing meditation from a secular approach, contemplation from Islamic doctrines is derived from Qur’anic and prophetic injunctions, and targeted towards seeking insightful understanding of God as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe (Badri, 2000).

As eastern and theistic religions view meditation as an altering state of consciousness which pays attention to present-moment experiences, Islamic contemplation is focused on connecting present natural experiences and events towards God’s majestic creation, in order to attain God consciousness.

According to Malik Badri, a meditative heart, which contemplates the grace of God that emanates from His creations can easily detect the negative thoughts and emotions that pass through the mind, which is a function of the great sensitivity that the mind has acquired from long contemplation and continued remembrance.

He further posits that the psychological state of those who regularly contemplate the grace of God attain some acute perception acquired through contemplation and remembrance. This makes their spiritual cognition easily overwhelms negative thoughts and emotions, and experiences less stress, anxiety and depression.

The Qur’an states: “Those who fear God, when an evil thought from Satan assaults them, bring God to mind, and lo! They see clearly” (Quran 7:201).

It takes little effort for any individual to contemplate or meditate over an experience at the beach, in the woods, at gigantic and vegetative mountains or while watching a colorful sunset and nightful stars. Observing these artistic beauties of creation and being able to appreciate the One who brought the appreciated object of contemplation to fruition, elevates one to levels of spiritual cognition.

Spiritual cognition is regarded as that heightened state of Allah’s consciousness that explain the ability to gain emotional control and adaptive psychological functioning.

Contemplation for a Good life (CGL) is designed as a psycho-spiritual resource that can serve the purpose of improving a person’s wellbeing, whether in times of difficult moments or as a means of regulating emotional disturbances. It is designed to strengthen an individuals’ ability to appreciate Allah’s mercies in his life through pondering over

His Blessings, thereby elevating his sense of gratitude. The CGL is designed to unravel the mechanism through which Muslim therapists and helping professionals can help others navigate a God-based meditative approach towards attaining spiritual cognition and psychological wellbeing.

A contemplative person, aside from being able to connect an object (God’s creation) or life experience to Allah’s supremacy, artistic beauty, and perfection, holds the opportunity to averts negative emotional and cognitive states when they come to light. The contemplative person also retains the ability to store spiritual cognitive strengths that helps in the face of challenging difficulties.

In all, a person’s connection to God, which is a function of how his faith transforms into belief, and eventual life patterns, remains a key component in attaining spiritual cognition. Muslims and God-conscious individuals can take this God-based meditative exercise as a means of relieving emotional disturbances through the use of such a psycho-spiritual approach.