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5 Islamic Tips To Improve Focus, Fight Procrastination, And Increase Efficiency

Do You Want To Improve Your Focus As A Muslim?

Do you want to fight procrastination? Would you like to increase your efficiency?

Many Muslims are stricken with the twin evils of laziness and procrastination. These twin sisters kill productivity and endanger our ability to increase our Islam and Imaan.

To be a good Muslim, and to truly please Allah takes work.

And it takes dedication and sacrifice.

A Muslim who wants to rise above the fray cannot do so while wasting hours away on Facebook and surfing the net for silly cat videos. If you want to truly please Allah, erase your sins, and imitate the life of the Prophet of Allah (pbuh) and his companions, you have to put the work in.

Too many Muslims waste many hours a day on trivial, worthless pursuits. They spend hours playing video games and watching television and listening to music. Then they complain how they don’t have time to worship Allah properly.

There are some truly people who do have jobs and careers and family obligations that take up a lot of their time. They often use these things as excuses why they can’t devote more time to the worship of Allah.

While they may have genuine intentions, it’s a more a matter of prioritization and dedication. These same people who claim not to have time for Allah always seem to find time to watch movies, hang out with their friends, and update their Facebook status.

Alhamdulillah, there are Islamic methods we can use to change these bad habits. Allah has given us guidance in every area of our lives, and increasing our energy, productivity, and efficiency is no exception.

So here are five Islamic habits you can use to fight laziness, drowsiness, and procrastination.

1. Pray Tahajjud

This one might seem counter intuitive. After all, most busy people probably wish they could get more sleep. Yet, it seems that Tahajjud (night prayer) will only deprive us of much needed rest.

The truth is the opposite. How do I know? Well, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said so:

Allah’s Apostle said, “Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart.”

Sahih Bukhari

If we make it a habit to pray Tahajjud, our bodies will eventually adjust to the changes. But we will also infuse our bodies with spiritual energy to start our day. And as we can see from the above hadith, we will also be protected from the whispers and tricks of Satan.

2. Dhikr Before Going To Sleep

Before explaining, please read the following hadith:

Fatimah complained to the Prophet (May peace be upon him) of the effect of the grinding stone on her hand. Then some slaves (prisoners of war) were brought to him.
So she went to him to ask for (one of) them, but she did not find him. She mentioned the matter to ‘A’ishah. When the prophet (May peace be upon him) came, she informed him.
He (the prophet) visited us (Ali) when we had gone to bed, and when we were about to get up, he said: stay where you are. He then came and sat down between us (her and me), and I felt the coldness of his feet on my chest.
He then said; “Let me guide to something better than what you have asked. When you go bed, say: Glory be to Allah” thirty-three times.”Praise be to Allah” thirty-three times, and “ Allah is most Great” thirty-four times. That will be better for you than a servant.

Sunan Abu Dawud

Being married to Ali Ibn Abi Talib (RA), Fatimah (RA) the daughter of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had a lot of work to do. Another hadith stated that she had to do the following things on a regular basis:

  • Use a mill stone (a heavy stone used to grind grains in order to make flour).
  • Carry water
  • Sweep and clean the house.
  • Cook the meals for her family.

So, when it became known that there were some prisoners of war who may be available as servants, she wanted to ask her father (pbuh) if she could have one. She (RA) could not find him so she passed the message on to Aisha (RA) the Prophet’s wife.

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) came to her and Ali’s house after they had gone to bed. He advised her that he had something even better than a servant and taught her the dhikr mentioned above.

There may be different explanations of this hadith, but the one I’ve learned is that using this dhikr in the manner prescribed will help one organize their affairs better, increase their productivity, and find ease in their work.

I can say from personal experience, that when I began to implement this habit, I found myself completing many more tasks in a single day. In fact, I often found myself at the end of the day with all of my daily goals accomplished with several hours to spare, Alhamdulillah.

And Allah knows best.

3. Staying Up After Salaatul Fajr.

I want to make clear that it is not a sin to go back to sleep after praying Salaatul Fajr.

But you’ll be able to accomplish much more, Inshallah, if you stay up instead. This is in accordance with the practice of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). We are giving ourselves more time to worship and remember Allah.

The early Muslims considered sleeping after Salaatul Fajr a bad habit and generally discouraged others from doing so.

And the most successful people in the world have a habit of getting their day started early, usually at the crack of dawn.

I asked Jaabir ibn Samurah, ‘Did you used to sit with the Messenger of Allaah?’ He said, ‘Yes, frequently. He would not get up from the place where he had prayed Subh until the sun rose. When the sun rose, he would get up. They used to talk about things that had happened during the Jaahiliyyah, and they would laugh and smile.

Sahih Muslim.

4. Memorize Quran

One of the reasons people become lazy and procrastinate is that they forget the many things they have to do. There are several productivity apps, schedulers, digital calendars and other fancy things to help us remember our daily tasks.

But we seem to overlook one of the oldest and most time-tested methods of improving or memory:

Memorize the Qur’an.

Our brain is a muscle. The more we use it, the stronger it gets. What better way for a Muslim to improve their memory than to exercise it by memorizing the words of Allah?

You don’t have to start off big or set any grand goals. You don’t have to pledge to become a Hafiz by the next Ramadan. Just do what comes easy to you.

If you memorize a few verses everyday, before long, you’ll find yourself memorizing huge portions of the Qur’an, Inshallah.

In addition to memorizing the verses make sure you:

  • Learn proper Tajweed so you can pronounce the words of Allah properly.
  • Learn the tafseer, or the explanation of the verses you memorize. Quran is much easier to remember when you understand what you’re saying.
  • Practice, practice, practice. It is easier to forget the Quran than it is to memorize it. So it’s essential that you constantly review what you’ve learned on a regular basis.

5. Eat Raisins And Honey

I am not aware of any hadith stating that eating raisins and honey will improve your productivity. Though there are several ahadith stating the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) liked to eat them.

Aishah (RA) said: I used to take a handful of dried dates and a handful or raisins and put them in a vessel, and then crush them (and soak in water). Then I would give it to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) to drink.
Sunan Abu Dawud.

Aishah (RA) said: Allah’s Apostle used to love sweet edible things and honey.
Sahih Bukhari.

But I have been taught and read statements from Muslim scholars that these foods help to improve memory and focus.

Imam Az-Zuhri, whom Imam Malik (founder of the Maliki School of Thought), recommended eating raisins and honey to improve memory.

And Allah knows best.

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35 Responses to 5 Islamic Tips To Improve Focus, Fight Procrastination, And Increase Efficiency

  1. i was looking for some islamic methods for increasing my concentration power….now i’ve read this article…i m really very influenced from dis article….its really d best suggestions for a common muslim….i m looking forward for som more islamic ways in achieving our goals…
    ALLAH O AKBAR…..

  2. jazaka allah kheir. i started memorizing quran on this ramadhan and icant tell u how much i benefited from this. i started with memorising 2 verses and i didnt change that but now it is easier than when i started and it real sharpen my memry

    • Wa Iyyak. Alhamdulillah Maya. Your example shows that we can make dramatic differences in our lives if we just make a few small positive changes. May Allah bless you in your effort and reward you for your work, Ameen.

  3. I was searching for islamic tip on procrastination and I read this article . I procarstinate a lot and there was time I set a plan to memorize quran and started to read 10 mints daily and this continouned for 4 months and I don’t really rememer the exactly reason why I stopped reading and now I only reads sometimes and on firdays. However, I found the third tip very practical and I feel very energetic if I start my task right after fajir and really works for me . Thanks for the tips abu ibrahim and I look forward for more helpful tips.

  4. During my life I constantly think “I should Pray, I should Focus on Islam”. Unfortunately I never do. I look to my left I see my Mother Praying, I look to my right I see my Father Praying and I feel Shameful that I don’t pray. I frequently ask Allah (Subhano Tayalla) But rarely Thank!

    How Absurd is this! Am I really that Malleable to the Devil?

    I have read what you wrote on this page, and I wonder MASHALLAH! What a generous Muslim who helps Society around him GOD BLESS HIM!

    Well, people Say choose the path you want in your life, well I choose the path of ISLAM!

  5. Assalamu Alaikum
    Dear Brother

    Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful article with complete examples. I am trying for last 15 years to do something exactly what you have mentioned, but this procrastination was always an obstacle. InshaAllah i am starting it right away and now only, please pray for me, I need all this what you mentined more. May Allha bless you and guide you. we want people like you in this world who really care for basic requirements and understand what is important at this stage for us. InshaAllah you will flourish in your Life, Ameen. Pray for me as well.

    Assalamu Alaikum
    Abdur Rauf

  6. Thank YOu very much for such a informative article. I am going to start applying this to my life InshahAllah. I am a medical student first year and I need some serious positive changes to help me achieve my goals. I must say that there is nothing better then applying islam to your lives to bring the best out of you. Those who study medicine should know what I mean. This field has brought me even closer to Allah and his creations. We should thank Allah for every moment for our lives that he has made us a normal human being a long with other blessings. I can not stress on that more. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my creation and how my whole being came into being me. He is the Greatest. Please keep me in your prayers. Thank You once again for a such a beautiful article.

  7. You’ve got an awesome gift of spreading knowledge. Keep it up my brother. JazakAllah for the article, may Allah grant us all more blessings and paradise.
    Assalaam

  8. Alhamdulillah.. May Allah reward you for sharing your information over here.. it is very useful to me and may be for others as well..

  9. Jazakalah Kahyran brother.. I do pray Alxamdulilah but I always start reading the Quran and after a while I stop it which hurts me a lot bcz in my heart i want to memorize it but obviously i am not doing so. I finished Quran once and learnt half of it (up to surah kahf) by heart unfortunately I don not know now that half any more and I heard from people that if you learn the quran and forget it becz you don’t read or memorize it is a sin…. plus i started again memorizing and i stopped it to the third juz please pray for me and give me any tips/advise i can learn it again by heart…
    It is all procrastination and laziness.. i appreciate ur help…
    may Allah bless u and ur family and all muslims aamin

    sorry my bad english

    • Alhamdulillah. Don’t feel so bad for yourself. Yous till memorized half the Quran! That means it’s buried somewhere in your memory banks.

      Just take your time and get back into the groove. Make dua to Allah and trust in Him that He’ll make it easy for you.

      Wow! Mashallah, I’m impressed. Really, don’t be so hard on yourself. You’ve given me something to aspire to.

  10. By the away I am new in here and I find all the articles very useful. One of my facebook friend shared with me one of ur articles which was very good and from that day i always visit ur page and read them to increase my knowledge in islam and be a better person . keep doing the good work.. may Allah reward u all ur intentions and help us all to be a better person

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