Salat and Dhikr to Dispel Voices: The Experience of Indonesian Muslim with Chronic Mental Illness

Suryani Suryani


Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the experience of  dispelling voices as articulated by Indonesian Muslim with chronic mental illness.

Methods: Descriptive phenomenological approach was applied in explicating the phenomenon of dispelling voices in this study. In-depth audio-taped interviews were conducted with 24 participants. Analysis of participant transcripts was undertaken using Colaizzi’s (1973) approach.

Findings: The finding of this study confirm that the participants found a personal path to living with hearing voices by doing salat or dhikr every time they heard the voices. Three theme explicated from this study: The voices are related to evil and Satan, Salat and dhikr to dispel voices and the strength of faith had an important influence over the voices.

Conclusion: This study challenges the existing conceptualization of dispelling voices to consider the religion or cultural background of the individuals.

Keywords: Dispelling Voices, Chronic Mental Illness, Salat, Dhikr


dispelling voices, chronic mental illness

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