You should aim to develop the following 7 Spiritually Productive activities into habits so that you can hopefully continue benefitting from them throughout your life. I consider these activities as the spiritual bread and butter of any productive Muslim. To develop them as habits is the essence of embarking on your journey towards the love of Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala and constantly increasing in your eman, inshallah:
1) Pray the Sunnah Prayers before and/or after Prayer:
I know its easier to just pray the obligatory prayers and rush out of the mosque! However, when we realise the rewards were missing from not praying these Sunnah prayers we wont leave them. Over the years I have learnt theres only ONE way of getting yourself to pray these Sunnah prayers constantly: Get into the habit of praying them! Theyll soon become part and parcel of your Salah and your Salah will feel incomplete without performing these acts.
2) Remembrance of Allah after Salah:
Again, its easy to rush out after Salah due to our busy lives, though if we are honest, how long does it take to recite the supplications after Salah? (The Answer: 5-7 minutes!). Nowadays youll find pocket notebooks/or phone applications with these supplications. Get into the habit of reciting them daily after each Salah to enrich your Salah experience.
3) Morning/Evening Remembrance of Allah:
Step 2 is also included in this habit. There exists a beautiful set of duas/remembrances from the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) which he used to say before sunrise and after sunset. They are true stress relievers and energy boosters which never fail to make my days and evenings feel blessed.
4) Night Prayer:
Alhamdulillah, during Ramadan we have the wonderful taraweeh prayers to attend. However, outside of Ramadan there are many opportunities to still obtain the reward of the night prayer. If youre new to night prayer or you dont pray it constantly during the year, make sure you try to attend prayers each and every night in congregation at the mosque (particularly brothers), and give yourself a no-excuse policy. Develop a habit of praying tahajjud and continuing to pray them for an entire 30 days; this will set you on better footing to continue with the Night Prayer for the rest of the year inshallah.
5) Duha Prayer:
Heres a Productive Muslims top secret to a productive day: 2 rakahs 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 similar to giving charity on behalf of every bone in your body, and the energy and buzz you feel during the day is amazing.
6) Supplications before you Sleep:
Youve just had a long day and youre super tired. You climb into bed and you want to hit the sack but wait! Before you do, can you give yourself just 10 more minutes to recite the supplications before sleeping? Thats all. Try them and find yourself experiencing the most beautiful sleep ever and waking up for Fajr easily, inshallah.
7) Reciting one hour of Quran each day:
Notice: I said here recite one hour of Quran each day and not one juz or one Surah. The amount of Quran you read is not as important as the quality of your understanding. If you spend one hour reciting one verse but understand it fully, thats more important and beneficial then reciting lots of Quran at break-neck speed yet not understanding a word.
So there you go, 7 spiritually productive habits you can develop throughout the year starting from TODAY!
Adapted from productivemuslim.com(NOTE: If you want to build a strong and powerful relationship with Allah, check out Islamia TV, where you can watch Islamic speakers from across the globe deliver inspiring and motivational courses. Learn more at www.islamia.tv.)