Why reading for pleasure is good for our faith

The Obligation of Seeking 'ilm (knowledge)
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There are various reasons why people read. As Muslims, we should consider adding reading to our routines and witness how it could improve our spirituality and change the way we feel about life.

Reading can help us to calm down and feel more at peace. If we can, we should take some time to sit down and read. Our mind will feel more at peace and this may also help us to get to sleep if we are struggling with that. We should not neglect ourselves, as this will cause us to feel negative and result in us not performing as well as we could be in the other parts of our lives. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“He [Allah] likes not those who commit excess.” (Qur’an 7:31)

We must also make an effort to read as it will help us to develop our vocabulary and ability to write. We will become more able to express ourselves eloquently at the same time as being able to understand a wider range of texts. This development could encourage us to use our skills in other ways, such as writing for different companies and organisations. Our new skills will also help us in our communication, such as in writing letters and emails, or if we decide to start writing a book or a blog to help others.

Reading could also enable us to think more deeply about different concepts and topics. This is very advantageous as we will also feel motivated to read more deeply into our religion and gain a better understanding of it, strengthening our connection with our Creator. We read about the remembrance of Allah in the Holy Qur’an:

“So remember Me [Allah]; I will remember you.” (Qur’an 2:152)

Our intention should be to further our knowledge, improve ourselves as believers, and please Allah. We should be careful not to be reading things that may distract us from our faith and lead us away from having consciousness of our Lord. We read that Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“O you who have believed, do not ask about things which, if they are shown to you, will distress you. But if you ask about them while the Qur’an is being revealed, they will be shown to you. Allah has pardoned that which is past; and Allah is Forgiving and Forbearing.” (Qur’an 5:101)

There are many books that may not necessarily be categorised as Islamic books, but they can still help us further our knowledge of this world and make us more conscious of Allah. For example, we could read books that teach us about nature and the magnificence of all the things Allah has created and put on this earth. We read that Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“And the earth – We spread it out and cast therein firmly set mountains and made grow therein [something] of every beautiful kind, giving insight and a reminder for every servant who turns [to Allah]. (Qur’an 50:7-8)