How to make your reading productive

If I am correct, then I recall reading that millionaires read 2 books a week! If that is the case for people who chase the dunya, what about those who chase the hereafter?

Many a times, we develop the habit of reading. However, the change that we would want to see within us through the reading is often minimal. Where do we go wrong? Most probably, we have only developed a monotonous habit, missing out the real spirit of making the most of it.

So here I am, with 5 productive tips for a productive reading of a book.

1. Choose a beneficial book

Do not read anything that is available out there. Most likely you will end up in regret for wasting some of your most valuable time. And as Muslims, you know that you seek knowledge not for the sake of knowledge, but rather for implementation. Hence, the choice of your book is quite crucial.

2. Read with focus

When you read, remember your intention. Your intention is to please Allah by seeking knowledge from the book, whether the knowledge of the deen or the dunya. Hence, your full focus is essential for you to be able to reap the maximum benefit. As it is said, if you give your full self to knowledge, it will only give bits of it to you. While reading a book, get rid of all distractions from your mind and focus! That is essential to hold on to all the information that fly *over* your head and insert them *inside* your head.

3. Use a highlighter

You may have a difference of opinion with me here but I am of the opinion that using a highlighter to mark your own book and personalize it with your notes really help you make the most of it, biidhnillah. It helps you retain your focus throughout reading, but it also has its after-effects. When at a later time you want to retrieve any information or you want to quickly review the book, because you have highlighted the main points, you do not have to go over the entire book again. If it is a library book, you can make quick, short and precise notes in a notebook rather than highlighting or marking.

4. Share

Share the information with others. It can be via social networks or friends and family. When you share, it reflects your understanding, especially when you derive a lesson from the information or paraphrase the information.

5. Read often

If you are not following a process in your life to ensure your growth, a few years down the line you will really regret it. One of the best ways to ensure your spiritual, mental and intellectual growth is through consistent reading of various beneficial materials. I remember this amazing story from the life of Imam Nawawi (rahimahullah). It was known that his room was so full of books that if another person came, he would not get the space to sit!

And never forget to make du’a. Reading and maximizing the benefit is a need in your life. And every need that is created is for you to turn to Allah and ask Him sincerely for it. Hence, make du’a, lots and lots of it.

The Author

Faria Alam is a young aspiring student who seeks to help young females educate themselves. She is a freelance writer and loves to read books of different disciplines. She takes great interest in personal development.

3 Responses

  1. Fatima Al-yafie April 18, 2013 / 1:11 am

    Thanks ! I needed to read this tonight , Especially ” The focus part ” , I need o work hard on that !

  2. Fatima Al-yafie April 18, 2013 / 1:12 am

    Thanks ! I needed to read this tonight , Especially ” The focus part ” , I need to work hard on that !

  3. Umm Afraz April 18, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    Ma sha Allah, a productive read!
    BarakAllahu feeki!

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