When your day is full of hundreds of activities and personal commitments, it’s easy to forget about a daily routine. Spirituality falls in the least value groups with these social obligations as the focus. Talking about meditation in the form of prayer, if asked anything about why they are not doing, the answer will be, “we don’t get time.” It sometimes amazes us that we spent countless hours doing all non-productive like spending hours on the daily soap television program, gossips, and spending numerous hours on social media to know what others are doing in their life. We at Shining Islam to ensure everyone who reads this blog should shine like a guiding star; hence, we have come with these eight daily spiritual habits, which will develop us, but more importantly, it will give us peace of mind. We consider these actions as the spiritual ‘bread and butter’ of any Productive human beings. To develop them as habits are the principle to go on board on the journey towards the love of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) and continued to increase in your Iman, InshaAllah. You should aim to develop the following 8 Spiritually Productive habits so that you can hopefully continue benefitting from them throughout your life.
1. Morning/evening remembrance of Allah
These are a beautiful set of duas/remembrances from the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him, which he used to say before sunrise and before sunset. They are true stress and energy boosters, and they never fail to grace my day/evening. On the page of our website, you can find the duas. Just do it every day for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes before going to bed and you’ll feel the difference after a week.
Life involves a daily bustle of noise, distraction, and information overload. Our senses are stimulated continuously from every direction to the point that a pure moment of quiet stillness seems impossible for some of us. This continuous agitation hinders us from getting the most out of each moment, subtracting from the quality of our prayers and our ability to remember Allah. Meditation has been one of the habits that helped us to improve my focus over the last few years massively. Awareness is, in the Islamic context, the virtue of muraqabah, a word derived from the root meaning of “watching, observing, looking carefully.” Already we can see the close etymological and linguistic proximity between “mindfulness” and muraqabah. As a technical, spiritual term, it is written as “the constant knowledge of the servant and conviction in the supervision of the Truth, glory be to Him, over one’s outward and inward states.” So, applying gratitude, which means being grateful to everyone every day, will bring change to you. Just spend daily 5 min thanks for all those things which Allah has given you.
3. Pray at least all your Farz prayers for all five times:
We know that one should be emphasizing all prayers, but as per today’s situation, what we have seen most of our community are so engrossed in their personal life that they didn’t get time to complete salah. Our recommendation would always be to ensure Farz namaz is always done because it’s just taken 10 mins times with that; we are still providing our commitment toward Allah is ever fulfilled. Once you are in the habit of 100% fulfillment of Farz namaz, then start with Sunnah. Get into the habit of praying them! At starting days, it will get challenging to do Salah daily, but if you once focused, then it will become your habit, and you will be afraid of losing your Salah.
4. Healthy Eating (Early Breakfast, Afternoon Lunch and After Magrib Dinner)
Eating a healthy breakfast high in fats and protein is critical for setting yourself up for an energetic, high performing day. Most people already know that they need protein, but a lot of people are unaware that they need to eat more (good) fats. The Qur’an has not confined itself to merely mentioning the permissible and unauthorized foods but goes so far as to give useful tips on a balanced diet, a diet that contains most, if not all, of the beneficial ingredients needed to grow, strengthen and repair the human body. Such ingredients are food from animals, fat, calcium, magnesium, salts, etc. Meat, fish, fresh milk, cheese, and fruit are the most nutritious foods. Both direct and indirect references have been made regarding those mentioned above. Islam has stressed the importance of these things right from the start, unlike health authorities, etc., which have just recently begun to emphasize its importance. This could be counted as just another gem that expresses Islam’s perfection.
5. Dua before you sleep:
We just had a long day, and now we are super tired. We climb into bed, and want to hit the sack, but wait! Before you do that, can you give yourself just ten more minutes to recite the supplications before sleeping? That’s all. Try them and find yourself experiencing the most beautiful sleep ever and waking up for Fajr readily, inshaAllah. For more information on waking up for Fajr, always, every day, without fail Read How to Wake up for Fajr.
6. Dua Prayer:
A Productive Muslim’s top-secret to a productive day: 2 rak’ahs known as the Duha prayer which you may pray at any time after sunrise till before the sun reaches its zenith (around 30 minutes before Dhuhr). The reward of this prayer is like giving charity on behalf of every bone in your body, and the energy and buzz you feel during the day is amazing.
7. Reading the Quran for 15 mins a day each day:
One surah or one juz’ but rather one whole hour. The quality is far more critical than the amount you read. To recite a single verse in an hour with complete understanding is far more critical and beneficial than reciting a lot of Qur’an very fast without understanding anything.
8. Night Prayer:
Develop a habit by praying Tahajjud continually for 21 days and see the difference. According to Phillippa Lally, a health psychologist, it takes on average 21 days before a new behavior becomes automatic. The benefits of Tahajjud prayer are endless. Our Allah’s Messenger SAW PBUH said, “Our creator, the Almighty, our Lord, and most grateful Allah comes to us every night in the nearest heaven when the last quarter of the night is still there, saying: “Is there any person to summon Me, so that I may respond to prayer? Is there anyone to ask me so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone looking for My pardon so that I may forgive him?”. If there is something you want in life (Your dreams, goals, house, car, love anything) and you are not praying Tahajjud for it, you don’t really want it. The Dua made at Tahajjud is like an arrow that does not miss its target. Bring Tahajjud and Dua into your life and Talk to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala)