Recite and ponder on the meanings of the Qur’an. Tranquility then descends and our hearts become soft. To get optimum benefit, remind yourself that Allah is addressing you. People are described in different categories in the Qur’an; think of which one you find yourself in.

Realize the greatness of Allah. There are signs in everything we see that points us to His greatness. Everything happens according to His permission. Allah keeps track and looks after everything, even a black ant on a black rock on a black moonless night.

Make an effort to gain Islamic knowledge. Learn at least the basic things we need to know in daily life, e.g. how to make Wudhu properly. Know the meanings of Allah’s names and attributes. Only those who have knowledge truly fear Allah (Refer Qur’an, 35:28).

Attend gatherings where Allah is remembered and His religion is taught.

Do more good deeds. One good deed leads to another good deed. Good deeds must be done continuously, not in spurts.

Remember death, the destroyer of pleasures, frequently.

Ponder over the different stages of the Hereafter. From graves to being raised on the Day of Judgment to one’s final destination in paradise or hell-fire.

Make Du’a. Realize that we need Allah. Be humble. Don’t covet material things in this life.

Every night, before going to sleep, think about the good deeds and the sins we did during that day.

Realize the effects of sins and disobedience. Eemaan (faith) increases with good deeds and decreases with sins.