People said, life is a never ending learning process. When you’re still a student you learn everyday at school. When you’re an adult, you learn from everything happen in life. Whatever it is, you have to learn. One of the biggest learning process in someone’s life and the never ending one is learning about Islam, our beloved religion.
No matter how many years we have been living, how many books we have read, how many teachers we have met, we can never fully understand Islam. There are always more and more to discover. As learning can sometimes be hard, it’s easy to lose motivation in the middle of it.
So, is there any tips to gain motivation when learning Islam? Sure, there is. All you have to do is following these things below.
- Find Your Intention
As the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
“Verily, deeds depend upon intentions. Indeed, every person will be rewarded based on their intentions…” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Upon doing everything, intention is the most important thing. If you start learning about Islam with a good intention to get close to Allah SWT, He will make your path easier. Not only you will not losing your motivation but also your brain could absorb the information faster. Also read Virtues of Gaining Knowledge in Islam
- Take Learning Islam As an Act of Worship
There are many kinds of worship and good deeds in Islam. Learning is an action that considered a good deed, since Allah SWT is with them who learn endlessly. So you can consider learning Islam as an act of worship to Allah SWT, as well as a way to be obedient to your parents. As said by Ibn Mas’ud:
“The pleasure of the Lord is in the pleasure of the parents.” (Al-Adab al-Mufrad)
- Remember That Laziness Will be Around
Shaytan had been committed to lure the sons of Adam to the wrong path. When you are trying to learn about Islam, know that Shaytan will be on your way. They will do their best to make you feel lazy and lose motivation, as they never like a Muslim to be success in Allah’s way. Remember to seek refuge from Satan and to be let go from their shackles only from Allah SWT. Also read Tips to Boost Islam Spirituality in Daily Life
- Make Dua to Allah SWT
“Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” (40:60)
Supplication or dua is the most powerful weapon a Muslim has. Making dua means you are calling for help from the One, the Exalted, Allah SWT whose power is strongest in the whole universe. Start with dua, make dua in within, and end it with dua. Allah SWT has promised that He will respond to anyone who call for His help. Thus, never hesitate to ask for help from our Creator.
- Create a Plan Before Action
If you feel like you have no time to learn about Islam, it means that Shaytan has successfully get in your way. So let’s follow this useful tips to gain motivation when learning Islam: make a plan. Plan how many times you’d like to learn everyday. For example, you want to spare an hour a day to learn Islam, make a suitable time before going to sleep at night to do it. Follow it through and you’ll get used to it. Also read Importance of Learning in Islam
- Take the Advantage of Tahajjud
“Our Lord descends each night to the nearest Heaven when only the last third of the night remains, and says: ‘Is anyone praying that I may answer him? Is anyone seeking forgiveness, that I may forgive him? Is anyone asking, that I may give to him?’, and this continues until dawn.” (Tirmidhi)
Any supplication made at the time of Tahajjud will be granted by Allah SWT. Take advantage from Tahajjud times by making dua to Allah to make your Islamic learning process easier. You can also learn Islam after Tahajjud prayer and everything will go smooth.
- Always Make Time to Learn Islam
Making plan and making time is different. If you have set goal to learn Islam an hour a day but you’ll be too tired to learn after work at night, make time during the daylight. Learn about Islam on the way to work, either by reading book or listening to podcast. You can always make time if you really mean it. All you need is setting the right intention and put it into your heart. Also read How to Gain Spiritual Knowledge in Islam
- Learn Islam Everywhere and Every Time
Related to the previous point, you can learn Islam everywhere and every time. As technology has advanced no, you can learn about Islam through the smartphone you always carry around. Download mp3 about da’wa, streaming via YouTube, or conventionally reading books. Also you can do it everywhere, on a bus, while sitting at a café, or everywhere you feel convenient.
- Make Quran Your Guidance
Quran is the best of guidance in the life of a Muslim. While you are learning Islam and lose your motivation, look up to Quranic verses about seeking for knowledge and you will find your motivation again. Also read Benefits of Completing Reciting Quran in Islam
- Remember the Rewards Will be Given to You
A tremendous rewards await for anyone who is willing to learn about Islam. It’s a promise that Allah SWT made. Keep in mind about this when you lose motivation in the middle of learning.
- Learn a Little at a Time, But Continuously
Don’t force yourself to learn, but don’t let loose as well. Always make time to learn, even only 5 minutes a day. The most important thing is to learn a little at a time, but make it constantly. Also read How to Help Someone Learn about Islam
- Prepare Yourself Mentally
Before learning about Islam, preparing yourself mentally is important. It has said above that Shaytan will get in your way but if you have prepared yourself mentally Allah SWT will help you.
So those are some of many useful tips to gain motivation when learning Islam. As the process will not be easy, you have to stay strong. The knowledge you gain from learning Islam will be useful until the end of the world.