Using the Qur’an to increase productivity is a concept that shouldn’t be new to me, but it is. I have never been very well organised – a poor excuse for a mother of 4 and a Muslim. I’m always forgetting things, wasting time and am easily distracted often. That’s why I have set myself the goal of becoming more productive and using the Qur’an to increase productivity and you, dear reader are going to help me! By knowing you are reading this, I will feel more accountable and will strive to stick to it – in sha Allah! But don’t leave me alone in this – come and join me – I promise you won’t regret it!
Knowing your purpose
Being productive means maximizing each moment so that you get the most out of. It doesn’t mean multitasking necessarily – you don’t need to cook and help with homework at the same time! For Muslims, being productive means first looking at our purpose to see what we should be aiming for. You can’t be productive if you don’t know what your goal is! That’s simple! Our goal is Jannah, our purpose to serve Allah swt. So then. it makes perfect sense that if we want to efficiently manage our time and our lives we should look to the Qur’an to increase productivity.
The Qur’an is our handbook – our manual to guide us in this life. It’s not just a rule-book but a comprehensive guide to accompany us in our journey in this world. Profound, right?! You’re going to love this next bit –The Qur'an teaches us how to maximize our lives and every waking moment PLUS how to earn rewards in the process! Click To Tweet
Why using the Qur’an to increase productivity works
There is so much in the Qur’an alhamdulillah presented in such an amazing way! Real life stories of hardship with morals, shown through lives of the prophets. Dua’s (supplications) to make at crucial times of distress, reminders on how to be grateful for all the blessing we have. Examples of people who suffered worse than us. Lessons on how to persevere. And one of the best features of the Qur’an – it’s a source of shifa’a (healing) for any and every ailment in your life – it even reduces stress!
Obviously, if you are going to use the Qur’an to increase productivity you have to read it and understand it. It’s easy to get carried away with just reading it in Arabic because we race against ourselves to finish it. What’s the point though if you don’t understand what you’re meaning? What’s the point if you are distracted and not focused? Here are some tips I learned from elsewhere to reading and understanding the Qur’an to increase productivity.
How to use the Qur’an to increase productivity
- Make time for the Qur’an. Set aside specific times of the day when you know you can read it and show it the respect it deserves. You don’t have to read a lot, but try to increase that amount each day.
- Etiquette and dua before starting: there are certain etiquette when reading the Qur’an (the internet is scattered with them or YouTube videos). Make your intention to please and worship Allah swt whilst you read. Make dua to Allah swt to accept it from you and make it easy.
- Try to read it in Arabic, meanings will get lost in translation. There are apps that can teach you and many teachers who teach over Skype. If you make the intention then Allah swt will make it happen for you in sha Allah.
- Read out loud. There is more barakah in reading out loud and the angels come down and listen too alhamdulillah!
- Think about the meaning of the ayah – read the tafsir and really try to focus on humility. One way to achieve this is by remembering that this is the Speech of Allah swt Himself! They are not just words written on a page in a story – the Qur’an comes from Allah swt Himself. Remember Allah is addressing you.
- When you open the Qur’an tell yourself that whatever you read now is meant solely for you. On this day, at this time Allah swt had already decreed 50,000 years before the Earth was created that you would read the Qur’an. It’s qadr. Therefore whatever you read is not by chance it in accordance to qadr.
- Try to focus and visualize what is going on in the ayah. That doesn’t mean picturing Allah swt or the prophets or any nonsense but trying to ‘read’ the scene and get a feel for the emotions and overall feeling of the event.
Making an ayah journal
If you really want to crank it up a notch and use the Qur’an to increase productivity then you can make an ayah journal. Once again, I can’t take credit for the idea (adapted from The Productive Muslim) but it’s totally awesome. So here’s how it works:
- Open your Qur’an to a random page or scroll down to a random chapter if you are using a digital device. Once you’ve opened the chapter pick on a random ayah. Don’t think about it – just do it!
- Read the tafsir – there are some apps that include this with the Qur’an. Understand what the ayah is about and how you can apply this to your own personal life.
- Write the ayah out. Make a note of: the main theme or message of the ayah and the way you can use it to better yourself/ action point.
- Make it a daily habit (you can make a habit tracker if you want).
- Share with others to increase the ajar in sha Allah.
I’ve just started using my gorgeous ‘Alhamdulillah’ notebook by Safar London as an ayah journal. I’m really excited about adding it to my daily mindful routine. Make dua for me that I’m able to keep it up! Why not try using the Qur’an to increase productivity and see how it changes your life?!