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[Reader Discussion] How to Achieve Your Goals Against All Odds

[Reader Discussion]  How to Achieve Your Goals Against All Odds | ProductiveMuslim
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Every month, we host a ProductiveMuslim reader discussion where you can share ideas and tips to help each other become more productive. Last month, readers shared many interesting ideas on restoring ties with family and friends

The theme for this month’s discussion is achieving your goals against all odds.  Continue reading

[Productivity Tool Review] Ultimate Muslima Planner

[Productivity Tool Review] Ultimate Muslima Planner | ProductiveMuslim
Photo Credit: Facebook[dot]com/muslima.planner.by.kecilmamil

Making to-do lists is a good habit but not necessarily the hallmark of a productive person. Anyone can ramble about what they need to do. The hallmark of a productive person, however, is his/her ability to fill up the ‘Done’ list (without always being serious and in a rush). In this article, I’ll introduce one resource for you to get productive without looking un-cool. In sha Allah you can get things done like a pro and sip coffee at leisure just like our ProductiveMuslim stick figure!

Introducing the Ultimate Muslima Planner 2015

The Ultimate Muslima Planner is the work of Mia Widiasari, an active housewife from Jakarta, Indonesia. Her interest in do-it-yourself projects and love of stationery lead her to explore Photoshop on her own and eventually to design an entire planner!

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[Finding Peace and Contentment – Part 1]: What Does it Mean to be Blessed?

[Finding Peace and Contentment - Part 1]: What Does it Mean to be Blessed? | ProductiveMuslim
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If you’re in a state of difficulty, tribulation or restriction that is affecting your inner peace and making you think you’re not blessed, then you should read this.

We all want to be ‘blessed’, right? When we’re pleased with someone, we say “God bless you.” When people ask us to make dua for them, we say “May Allah bless you.” But have we asked ourselves what a blessing really is? What does it mean to be blessed?

Sometimes, we take this word for granted and miss the incredibly beautiful depth and meanings that are embedded in the state of being “blessed”. In this article, we will reflect more on what being blessed really means; to refine our understanding of our circumstances, ourselves and our surroundings. Continue reading

[When You Work for Allah’s Sake – Part 1] Prerequisites of Being a Great Volunteer

[When You Work for Allah's Sake - Part 1] Prerequisites of Being a Great Volunteer | ProductiveMuslim
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Are you volunteering for an Islamic cause and find yourself struggling to maintain sincerity and balance? Or, have you always wanted to do something for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) but feel you aren’t good enough or free enough?

This series on working for Allah’s sake aims to provide ethical and practical guidelines and tips to maximize your effectiveness and productivity when you volunteer to serve Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and Islam.

In this first part of the series, we’ll discuss why and what it means to work for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and how to fulfill some of the basic prerequisites of being an effective volunteer.

“I really want to do something for the sake of Allah!” How often have you said this to yourself; or heard someone else say it? Continue reading

[Parenting Lessons from Surah Luqman – Part 5]: Developing Patience and a Love for Prayer in Children

[Parenting Lessons from Surah Luqman - Part 5]: Developing Patience and a Love for Prayer in Children | ProductiveMuslim
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In the previous parts of the series on parenting lessons from Surah Luqman, we talked about the essential prerequisites of parenting (Part 1), how to teach our children to avoid shirk (Part 2); being obedient and grateful to Allah and our parents (Part 3); and instilling consciousness of Allah in children (Part 4). 

This part of the series focuses on two more pieces of advice that Luqman 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) left his son with: establishing prayer and patience. Continue reading