Self-Control in Islam and its Psychological Aspect

  • Dr. Farhat Naz Rehman Head, Department of Islamic Studies, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi,, Pakistan


The idea of self control is getting captivated more and more by Psychologists but for quite a long time, psychology was inclined more towards the issues and ideas such as, self-esteem, intelligence, happiness etc.  No doubt these ideas are important and have value in human life but the missing aspect from all these factors is will power or self-control. The basic teachings of Islam centered on the concept of self-control or in other word self-restraint. This study focuses on the essentials and the benefits of self-control in the light of Qur’an and Sunnah while discussing the psychological aspect of human life in this regard. At a time when the fallout from uncontrolled expenditure and uninhibited consumption is fueling a national malaise, the need of Islamic teachings arises to deliver a comprehensive investigation of the fundamental problem of our time: how to save ourselves from what we want or desire. This strike a chord that while more calories, sex, and intoxicants are easily accessible than ever before, critical social constraints have eroded, constructing a world that deeply tests the confines of human willpower. This study draws a vibrant image of the many-sided problem of desire and conveys a blueprint for how one can sensibly stay away from a battle of self-destruction by referring to history, literature, psychology and philosophy of Islam.

How to Cite
REHMAN, Dr. Farhat Naz. Self-Control in Islam and its Psychological Aspect. Journal of Religious Studies, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 16-36, june 2019. ISSN 2663-0206. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 28 feb. 2020. doi: