The Different Masks of Laziness (Part 2)

How to Cure Laziness

In the first part of this series, we learnt about the definition of laziness and the different faces of laziness in our lives. Today, we’ll attempt to list a prescriptive cure to laziness that would help us attack this diease once and for all.

1. Turning to Allah (swt) often and asking Him for protection from laziness and lethargy.  Repeat this dua often:

‘O Allaah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.’ [For Arabic click here]

Sometimes when I feel lazy and bored/tired, I simply make this dua sincerely and I immediately feel a dose of energy enter into me. Seek refuge in Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) from laziness just like you seek refuge from Shaytaan and bad things happening to you because if Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) blesses you with an active lifestyle, you’ll achieve so much insha Allah.

 

2. Seek help with patience and salah: Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur’an: [And seek help in patience and as-salat (the prayer) and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for al-khashi’un [i.e. the true believers in Allah – those who obey Allah with full submission, fear much from His Punishment, and believe in His Promise (Paradise) and in His Warnings (Hell)]. [2:45]

Start your day with Fajr salah in the masjid and adhere to all the five daily prayers. Manage your time around your salah times and not the other way around. Make salah your energy boosting pit stops of the day.

3. Keep remembering Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) often as this is the best of deeds and it dispels anxiety, worry, boredom and laziness. Know that might, power and help is from Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) alone. So continuously say “La hawla wa la quota illa billa”. Ibn Al-Qayim says about this specific remembrance: ”It has a powerful effect on difficult tasks and being able to bear difficult assignments…”

4. Have high aspirations and noble intentions and think BIG. If you have high goals, you’ll be charged towards achieving them and you won’t feel lazy.

5. Read the biographies of great men and women of history (Muslim and Non-Muslim) as this will increase your determination and set your aspirations high and charge you.

6. Spend time with those who have high aspirations and not with time wasterswho want you to be like them. Be careful of who you befriend and choose your friends wisely.

7. Feel responsible for your self, your body, your mind, your family, your work, your community and your Ummah. When you feel responsible and feel that you’ll be taken to account for what you do, this will increase your purposefulness and decrease your laziness.

8. Fill your idle time as much as possible with activities such as reading, watching beneficial documentaries, exercise, spending time in the countryside. etc. Don’t sit bored with nothing to do; that’s a trap of Shaytaan.

9. Find out what excites you and what you enjoy doing and work hard at it. If you love starting a business or running a blog or any hobby that you enjoy doing, spend your time on this activity and excel in it until you become an expert in your field.

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We value your thoughts! Tell us how you tackle laziness or if any of the above tips worked with you. Share below on how you fight off laziness. As always, let us help and learn from one another.


11 thoughts on “The Different Masks of Laziness (Part 2)

  1. Very Very useful tips! There’s one more thing. If I make dua’ to Allah swt, make myself clear, that although I will not be able to change the situation HE CAN.

    So I imagine, that although I feel a bad characteristic is part of me like the blood running through my venes, for ALLAH swt it’s so easy to change it, easier than blowing a feather from my shoulders. 

    Making yourself clear, the He can change you. Just ask Him, sincerely.

  2. thank you for another useful, Inspiring, blessing ……………… topic ! Your topics are motivating me toward the true path and making me productive ! 
    I tried to stop wasting my time on facebook but I couldn’t. But now I can live without wasting my time on facebook because now i have productivemuslim.com ! 
    THANK YOU ! I PRAY TO ALLAH FOR YOU !

  3. Very good tips :) shall work on my laziness today. but can i have a bit of advice? The thing is with my laziness is that it happens when everything falls out of place. like when everything i planned dont go as they used to…i lost the motivation to continue on the other things i planned out as well. Futhurmore, im lazy when it comes to studying the subjects im not interested at school. So how do i tackle such problems? :)

  4. Good yours knowledge is well enough.but reading such article wont help me.i need some powerful push to get rid off my exsiting problems whether of this world and hereaftaer .I not much educated instead I am totally uneducated person as one can emigane from my English and spelling.hope you will answer me.

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