Following the path to self-discipline

A self-discipline person is someone who engages in disciplined thoughts and sustains them with disciplined actions. As Muslims, we must adhere strictly to rules and regulations lay down by almighty Allah and obey the Quran and Sunnah and also follow the path to self-righteousness. It takes lot of self-control and self-discipline to achieve this.

In a culture of discipline, we are clear about who we are and where we are going and you must shun things that fall out of our defined purpose and do not compromise. The fact that something is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is irrelevant, if it does not conform with Islam and your own self-discipline.


  • Acknowledging our shortcomings; whoever acknowledges that he has shortcomings has started on the path to self-discipline.

“Verily, Allah will not change the condition of people as long as they do not change their state themselves (Maryam 19: 93-95)

  • Worshiping Allah, keeping in contact with him by submitting to him.
  • Reading Quran a great deal by pondering on its meaning and seeking to understand it.
  • Reading useful religious books that describe the way of treating and cleansing the heart.
  • Attending educational programs such as classes and lectures.
  • Making good use of your time and using it to do things that will be of benefit in both worldly and spiritual terms.
  • Keeping company with righteous people and looking for righteous companions who can help you to do good.
  • Trying to act on what you learn and putting it into practice.
  • Checking closely on yourself.
  • Having confidence in yourself whilst relying on Allah because the one who has no confidence cannot act.
  • Despising yourself for not doing enough for the sake of Allah
  • Keeping silent and avoid talking unnecessarily.

All this and more you can do to achieve self-discipline. Don’t forget disciplined thinking leads to disciplined actions, all greatness whether in terms of religion, spirituality, academics, business, leadership, marriage, teaching or sales is as a result of self-discipline.

Article submitted by Zaynab Tyty Quadri

2 responses to “Following the path to self-discipline”

  1. Basically pray and be good.

    The advice on avoiding unneccesary talk is a real gem. So much troubles are avoided and spiritually one does not feel drained. It is hard though.