Islam has this one figure as a guidance for Muslims to behave on everyday life. The figure in talks is surely the one and only Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (SAW). For all of the quality he has, it makes him the best human ever lived on Earth. One of the quality is moral discipline in any aspects of life.
Why should every Muslim be discipline? Here are some benefits of discipline in Islam for you to know, so that you can discipline yourself from now on.
1. Not wasting the time
By being discipline, we make sure that every time that passed is worth spent, and we left no regret in there. As Allah said in the Holy Quran, those who waste their time is living their life in vain. Be discipline in doing prayer in the pleasure of Allah, you spent your time under His blessing. Be discipline in working hard, you harvest the fruit in the world in no time.
There is not bad things about being discipline, as Islam is a religions that values highly of the time.
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2. Restricting the free will that is prohibited
As the last and the most perfect being ever Created, human bear the heaviest responsibility among all the beings existed in the universe. The biggest distinction between human and other being, for example the Angels is, both of them has a free will to do everything the want, but Angels has no desires or temptation. Another distinction is between human and animals is, it also has a great free will and do anything under the instinctive desires and urge. While human has it all, thus they have to practice self control to restrict themselves to do whatever is prohibited.
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3. To make our rank higher than the Angels
Human is the only being who knows and possess self control. They could discipline themselves by suppressing the urge to fulfill their free will. While Angels has never be able to manifest their free will and animals are always act under their free will, only human can control themselves and decide what kind of man they are. The Quran states that some men are lower than animals while some of them are more elevated than the Angels.
4. Discipline keeps us in the right track
No one on this Earth are living a terrible life if they practice the moral and behavioral discipline. Discipline means we set a certain rules and limits for ourselves to be followed and not to be stepped on. This way, we can always live and walk on the right path on our lives.
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5. To gain the success both in this world and Hereafter
A successful people is a discipline people. This is a fact, like what the Prophet (SAW) always told us. If we are discipline in work and searching the blessing from Allah SWT, we will gain a success in this world. And if we are discipline in following Allah’s SWT rules, doing the prayers and any other Sunnah, we will gain the success in Hereafter.
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6. To perform a self purification
Muslims are expected to control their behaviors, attitude, and thoughts all the time. This constant and never ending self control is a process of everyday self purification. Self purification is a also means self discipline, to make us living a right life and get everything under control, including the wrong desires to commit a sin.
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7. To create a good habit
Discipline should be a habit for every Muslim in their daily life.That is the way they can gain a successful life both in dunya and in the afterlife. But how would they make discipline as their habit? The answer by practicing it repeatedly. Developing good habits brings many benefits in our lives such as we use the time efficiently and not wasting any of it for anything not useful.
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8. Following the steps of Prophet Muhammad SAW
A discipline behavior had been showed by every Muslim’s role model in life, Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The Prophet (SAW) is always discipline with himself, when he’s worshiping Allah through prayer and when he make a living. Don’t forget that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is a good trader who sold out his goods all the time. By following our ultimate role model in life, of course Muslims will have a better life ahead and full of blessing from Allah SWT.
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9. To have the best luck in life
Every man wish to have the best fortune in life. Islam has shown to Muslims the fastest and shortest way to reach it, by leaving all the worldly matters when Allah SWT calls them for prayer.
“O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu’ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew.” – Al Jumu’ah (62:9)
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10. Balancing the worldly matter and religious matters
One of the benefits of discipline in Islam is to balance the matters between the material and religious. Be discipline in work to make a living, but leave it all when it’s time to do a prayer.
“But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.” – Al Qasas (28:77)
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11. To use the time wisely
According to Quran Surah Al Asr, mankind is always at loss, except for those who use their time in believing Allah SWT and doing the righteous deeds. Also in Quran, mankind should spend these time wisely: al-Fajr (the dawn), ad-Dhuha (the morning), al-Ashr (the evening), and al-Lail (the night) in remembrance of Allah SWT.
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12. To build a better quality of life
Islam teaches us to apply and use the values of disciplinary into our daily life. It is important to build a better quality of life, then creating a better society to live within.
So those are the benefits of discipline in Islam. Let us all follow the example set by our Prophet (SAW).