7 Daily Spiritual Productive Habits to Develop

7 Daily Spiritual Productive Habits to DevelopYou 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 ProductiveMuslim. To develop them as habits is the essence of embarking on your journey towards the love of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) and constantly increasing in your eman, inshaAllah:

1) Pray the Sunnah Prayers before and/or after Prayer:

I know it’s easier to just pray the obligatory prayers and rush out of the mosque! However, when we realise the rewards we’re missing from not praying these Sunnah prayers we won’t leave them. Over the years I have learnt there’s only ONE way of getting yourself to pray these Sunnah prayers constantly: Get into the habit of praying them! They’ll 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, it’s 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!). If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, you may find the supplications at MakeDua.com. Nowadays you’ll 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 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. [You can find the duas at MakeDua.com]

4) Night Prayer:

Hamdulillah, 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 you’re new to night prayer or you don’t 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 inshaAllah.

5) Duha Prayer:

Here’s a Productive Muslim’s top secret to a productive day: 2 rak’ahs known as the Duha prayer which you may pray at anytime after sunrise till before the sun reaches it’s 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:

You’ve just had a long day and you’re 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? That’s all. Try them and find yourself experiencing the most beautiful sleep ever and waking up for Fajr easily, inshaAllah. For more information on waking up for fajr, constantly, everyday, without fail Read How to Wake up for Fajr.

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, that’s 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!

Note: The below worksheets can help you in developing the above habits;


97 thoughts on “7 Daily Spiritual Productive Habits to Develop

  1. they are really very simple tasks regarding the greatness of Allah and despite this…we still don’t have the power to carry out them all…. I wonder how bad the human is!!!!!!!!!

  2. Salaams brothers & sisters in Ummah!

    Thanks for the tips….its will be good if you spread it to every1 in the world, Insha’Allah.
    Congratulations about the new website….its look like wicked than old website.
    Subhan’Allah to every1 for their support to the website.

    Wa Alaikum Assalam from Hamza

  3. very glad that i have found this website. it’s very helpful in dealings with my daily routines and helping me becoming a better muslim. thank you

    salam

  4. Thanks. simple and acceptable to do. Every Muslim should know these. Thanks for upload it.. i have shared it in my FB..=>

  5. JazakAllah brother for creating this page. I need the transliteration of Duas on makedua.com, please don’t assume that everyone can read Arabic.

    1. Wa iyya kum,

      I’ve checked quite a few recognized dua websites – and none of them contain transliteration. (perhaps because transliterations cannot convey the arabic pronunciation accurately).
      I suggest checking with your local bookstore for a dua book that contains transliteration.

  6. really very very effective … 2 weeks ago i tried the habit of praying night prayer ,, and really i cannot go to sleep without do this prayer ,, these prayers bacame as the obligatory prayers ,, So, i cannot leave it again anshaallah :))

  7. really very very effective … 2 weeks ago i tried the habit of praying night prayer ,, and really i cannot go to sleep without do this prayer ,, these prayers bacame as the obligatory prayers ,, So, i cannot leave it again anshaallah :))

  8. Subhan Allah, I probably sound evil saying this..but I guess I gotto ask. You know how you say, the day you do your “recommended religious duties” or sunnahs – that day will be more blessed that the others.. Like the day, you recite the morning duas, or the day you pray your salatud duha. What if you don’t feel the difference between that day and the rest of the days? Is it because the quality of the deeds is not up to standard? Or should one just have faith in the reward in hereafter, and continue doing them? I guess the difference is – when you realize the “worldly reward”, you are more motivated to do it. Because it feels like double reward.. Buy one, get one free.

    The question is.. if one doesn’t feel blessed on the days they perform the sunnah acts, how does one motivate themselves?

    1. I seem to recollect that ibn Qayyim said that there are 3 types of people worshipping Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala):

      1. Those who worship Allah out of fear, they do the acts of worship only to avoid His punishment in this life and hereafter.
      2. Those who worship Allah as merchants, they look at “what’s it for me?” and count their good deeds and bad deeds and expect a return/profit for every good deed they do.
      3. Those who worship Allah out of love – regardless what happens to them, they are in worship mode.

      I guess the 7 Spiritual Habits which I write about, they are there to get someone into the ‘habit’ of worshipping Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) regardless of the consequences, and to always have this consciousness of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala). They might start off as habits, but eventually, these acts of worship become the bread and butter of a worshipper, that he/she will feel his day is incomplete without.

      Imagine for someone who didn’t have these habits or didn’t them do each day, when he/she goes through a bad day, he’ll get stuck not knowing what to do… but for a believer when he/she faces something tough and realizes that a duha prayer is coming up, or tahajjud is there at night, it’s such a relief for him/her.

      Now regarding why you don’t feel the difference, there could be many explanations: 1. is that sometimes our sins are a block to taste the sweetness of an act of obedience… and as the scholars say, one of the ‘hidden’ punishments of our sins is that we don’t enjoy the acts of worship anymore (or even feel the bitterness of the sin). 2. sometimes when you’re used to doing an act of worship and it doesn’t make a difference or you feel bored with it, Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) will want to “upgrade” your worship to something more, so he removes the sweetness of the obedience until you increase it in quality/quantity (e.g. doing 4 rak’ah for duha instead of just 2)..

      regardless of the above.. in practical terms: just keep going!

      1. Alhamdulillah, its a second time i really amazed with your site. Thank you. Those informations is really useful for me as a new muslim. To be honest i do all the prayers and everything is because of i wanted to be close to Allah, as i believe if i close to Allah i have more confidence when i pray asking for help, thankful for what Allah gave me and to ask for guides to solve problems etc. I wonder which number from those 3 types i am part of?

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      2. Assalamu Alykum
        really eye opening talk.. SUBHANALLAH
        knowledge is rallay a power..may ALLAH GRANTS you more and may HE MAKES us    as HE WANTS us

  9. I seem to recollect that ibn Qayyim said that there are 3 types of people worshipping Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala):

    1. Those who worship Allah out of fear, they do the acts of worship only to avoid His punishment in this life and hereafter.
    2. Those who worship Allah as merchants, they look at “what’s it for me?” and count their good deeds and bad deeds and expect a return/profit for every good deed they do.
    3. Those who worship Allah out of love – regardless what happens to them, they are in worship mode.

    I guess the 7 Spiritual Habits which I write about, they are there to get someone into the ‘habit’ of worshipping Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) regardless of the consequences, and to always have this consciousness of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala). They might start off as habits, but eventually, these acts of worship become the bread and butter of a worshipper, that he/she will feel his day is incomplete without.

    Imagine for someone who didn’t have these habits or didn’t them do each day, when he/she goes through a bad day, he’ll get stuck not knowing what to do… but for a believer when he/she faces something tough and realizes that a duha prayer is coming up, or tahajjud is there at night, it’s such a relief for him/her.

    Now regarding why you don’t feel the difference, there could be many explanations: 1. is that sometimes our sins are a block to taste the sweetness of an act of obedience… and as the scholars say, one of the ‘hidden’ punishments of our sins is that we don’t enjoy the acts of worship anymore (or even feel the bitterness of the sin). 2. sometimes when you’re used to doing an act of worship and it doesn’t make a difference or you feel bored with it, Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) will want to “upgrade” your worship to something more, so he removes the sweetness of the obedience until you increase it in quality/quantity (e.g. doing 4 rak’ah for duha instead of just 2)..

    regardless of the above.. in practical terms: just keep going!

  10. Jaza k’Allah for your kind tips. However:
    You should really talk about how it’s okay to say your fardh and required sunnah *only*. People have busy lives. Allah is kind. Let’s please emphasize that.
    I’ve hired about a dozen interns in the past year, and a few of them have been Muslims. The Muslims suffered from anxiety attacks, guilt, and extensive worry from not being able to say “enough” sunnah along with their fardh and wajib salat ruku’uh. While well-intentioned, you might be adding to the apprehension of those whose hearts are still plagued by Shaitan’s wordly games of “I’m running out of time, does that mean a regular American life and an Islamic life are incompatible? Does that mean I have to choose?” And as always, Allah knows best.

    You should expound upon the virtues of dhikr and “the art of amazement” when it comes to “daily miracles” in helping those of us with serious anxiety issues realize we’re in Allah’s care, we just need to trust Him.

    1. There is ‘law’ and then there is something known as ‘spirit of the law’. You are quite right in supposing that its ‘ok’ on its own to pray the *fardh* in itself. That is the law or, the absolute necessity and injunction made by God upon Man. But if we dig deeper, then the spirit of the law compels us to follow that ‘law’ in its full wisdom and impact. Your point about the general lack of concern of the Muslims today with the ‘art of amazement’ is valid. But who best personified this art of loving and longing for God better than the Messenger (s) himself ? If He (s) followed, practiced, preached a certain act for the sake of coming closer to God’s infinite mercy and compassion by the performance external acts of piety such as prayer, dhikr and ikhlas, should we not try our outmost to follow his (s) footsteps in hope of gaining the same favour ?

      The Lawgiver teaches us in the Qur’an: Whoso obeyeth the messenger hath obeyed Allah, and whoso turneth away: We have not sent thee as a warder over them. (Surah An-Nisa, 80)

      The point one needs to pay attention in the verse is that the emphasis on the concept of “obeying the Messenger”. This point shows us that following the Messenger, in other words following his (s) commands and rules is a worship that God has brought upon us as a necessary pre-condition. The Sunnah is in its utmost simplicity, the embodiment of the Qur’an. It’s worth dwelling upon this point here. The Sunnah is not a concept that can be dealt with separately from the Qur’an.

      Following a ‘regular american life’ and following an ‘islamic life’ are two concepts are neither mutually exclusive nor equally important. What is important, is however, to have the ability to prioritize and synchronize both lives with each other in their due proportion. Live your regular American life by revolving it around the Islamic Life. Not the other way around. It is in the following of the Sunnah and embodying the spirit of the Sunnah that will ultimately result in the: “daily miracles” in helping those of us with serious anxiety issues realize we’re in Allah’s care, we just need to trust Him.

    2. Thank you for saying that. I’m a Muslim and feel I’m running out of time and have panic attack and anxiety all the time particularly at night. I want to say thank you for saying allah is kind because when you have anxiety you don’t think He is. It’s a horrific cycle to go through but thanks for mentioning anxious people like me.

      :-)

    3. Thank you for saying that. I’m a Muslim and feel I’m running out of time and have panic attack and anxiety all the time particularly at night. I want to say thank you for saying allah is kind because when you have anxiety you don’t think He is. It’s a horrific cycle to go through but thanks for mentioning anxious people like me.

      :-)

    4. Thank you for saying that. I’m a Muslim and feel I’m running out of time and have panic attack and anxiety all the time particularly at night. I want to say thank you for saying allah is kind because when you have anxiety you don’t think He is. It’s a horrific cycle to go through but thanks for mentioning anxious people like me.

      :-)

    5. Thank you for saying that. I’m a Muslim and feel I’m running out of time and have panic attack and anxiety all the time particularly at night. I want to say thank you for saying allah is kind because when you have anxiety you don’t think He is. It’s a horrific cycle to go through but thanks for mentioning anxious people like me.

      :-)

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  12. Very good and practical advice, mashaAllah. I think one of the keys to making sure these spiritual habits are beneficial and lead towards productivity is maintaining focus. In a world where our brains are trained to multi-task, the more focus we can put towards our efforts, both spiritual and worldly, the more productive we can be, inshaAllah!

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  14. Jazakallahu khairan. Thanks for sharing these gem. May Allah give us the strength to adopt these habits, and reward us abundantly for them.

  15. Assalamalaikum! I first off would like to say thank you and may Allah bless you for your efforts to spread this wonderful information. I have a question regarding the morning/evening duas and the remembrances. I went to the link where the duas are shown and there is an extensive amount of duas, different ones for morning and evening and before sleeping and waking up. I have, Alhamdullilah, gotten into the habit of duas before sleeping but I was wondering if there is any practical way to remember so many duas. I mean the only thing I can think of right now is printing them out and keeping them with me throughout the day or by my bed but are there any other tips? Also do all the morning/evening duas have to be recited?

    Sorry, one last question, I don’t really know much about Tahajjud, the night prayer, so I was wondering if you could enlighten me about it and how one prays Tahajjud.

    Jazakallah khair, and once again may Allah bless you for your efforts!

    1. @Maham – JazakiAllah Khair for your questions.

      – Regarding the morning/evening dua; try to read/recite them with understanding, and after one or two weeks of reading from paper, you’ll notice yourself memorising them naturally.

      – Regarding Tahajjud prayers – I suggest you look through islam-qa.com for answers.

      Hope this helps!
      Abu Productive.

  16. Assalamu Alaikum my Moslem brothers and sisters,

    Maashaa Allah you have done well by sharing a good spiritual habit with us. May Allah Subhana Watahaala rewards you with Khair.

    I will like to encourage people to also be practising the habit of performing sunnah fasting on Mondays and Thursdays as that is also a spiritual act that will get you closer to Allah. Al-hamdullah, we fast during Ramadan Months but we forget about the sunnah fasting recommended by our beloved Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.S).

    Al-hamdullah, Now i don’t feel like taking food on Mondays and Thursdays since i started performing the sunnah fasting and will like to encourage our brothers and sisters to try and perform the sunnah fast to have more Taqwa of Allah Subhanna Watahala.

    Jazakallahu Khair

    Abdallah

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  18. Assalamu Alaikum my brothers and sisters in Islam. I found this website very useful in organising and leading a purposeful life. May Allah SWT bestow His mercy and blessings on the administrators of this website.

  19. Thank you for your beneficial sharing. I make myself to open this web blog daily, first thing to do after subuh prayer in the morning. I’m so much inspired and very much thank you for that. Jazakallahu Khairon. 

  20. Alhamdolilah I Was Searching for Somethig Like This site, and Articles Exactly Like This, So that I can Spend My Whole Day with Axkaar and The Right Way..

    Thanku Brothers….

    1. The time of Duha PrayerThe time for Duha prayer is from when the sun has risen to the height of a spear, which is fifteen or twenty minutes after sunrise, until just before the sun passes its zenith (and the zenith is when the time for Zuhr prayer begins). What is meant by just before the sun passes its zenith is ten to fifteen minutes before it reaches the zenith, i.e. before the time when it is forbidden to pray begins. End quote. Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), (14/306). (1)The reward of Duha
      *Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him)reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “In the morning, charity is due on every joint bone of the body of everyone of you. Every utterance of Allah’s Glorification (i.e., saying Subhan Allah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of His Praise (i.e., saying Al-hamdu lillah) is an act of charity and every utterance of declaration of His Greatness (i.e., saying La ilaha illAllah) is an act of charity; and enjoining M`aruf (good) is an act of charity, and forbidding Munkar (evil) is an act of charity, and two Rak`ah Duha prayers which one performs in the forenoon is equal to all this (in reward).” [Muslim]. (2) Footnotes:1: http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/728282: http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/hadeeth/riyad/08/chap206.htm

  21. Assalamu Alykum
    JAZAKALLAHU KHAIR for sharing …this really works and gives happiness to life ALHUMDULILLAH …ALA BI ZIKRILLAHI TATMA INNAL QULOOB…

  22. it s a blessing of Allah that he showed us the light. please make dua for me and family. and send peace and blessing upon the prophet

  23. A Muslim should need to develop these sorts
    of habits in himself. Because it defines the direction which may lead in order
    to build a strong relationship with Allah Almighty and find out the way of
    Janna.

  24. I am a new entrants in this website. I am amazeed with all the wonderful postings so that everyone of us can transform ourselves as good productive muslim.

  25. You have no clue what your website is, its a life saviour!! Jazakallah you have definitely given direction to a rather unpleasant unevenful life of mine may allah accept ure sincere efforts ameen.

    1. Ameen. Keep us in your duas. May Allah swt keep you steadfast, iA.

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  26. These are wonderful tips and reminders! I’m printing this out and hanging it on on my room, inshaaAllah:) They’re really great. May Allah bless you Abu Productive. Allahuma Amin.

  27. alhamdhulillah. i’m very happy to come across this website. from this, i know i can be a better muslimah.

  28. May Allah reward you and your team for every one of the deeds that every muslim will start doing after your reminders.

    This is the best islamic oriented website I have ever came across and I will be actively reposting your articles inshaAllah.

    May Allah reward all of you Generously!

  29. This is really helpful, as is everything else on this website. May Allah ta’la reward you immensely for your efforts.

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