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[Parenting Lessons from Surah Luqman – Part 4]: Being Conscious of Allah Always

[Parenting Lessons from Surah Luqman - Part 4]: Being Conscious of Allah Always | ProductiveMuslim
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In the previous parts of this series, we addressed the essential prerequisites of parenting (Part 1), how to teach our children to avoid shirk (Part 2) and being obedient to our parents and grateful to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and our parents (Part 3), thereby establishing a connection with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

In this article, we will talk about the next piece of advice that Luqman 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) gave to his son: being in a constant state of consciousness of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), hence strengthening the bond between us and our Creator. Continue reading

[Reader Discussion] How to Have a Relaxed and Refreshing Weekend

[Reader Discussion] How to Have a Relaxed and Refreshing Weekend
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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 What You Can Do While You Commute.

The theme for this month’s discussion is how you can have a relaxed and refreshing weekend. Continue reading

5 Tips to Stop Social Media From Taking Over Your Life

5 Tips to Stop Social Media from Taking over Your Life
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The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) advised us to take advantage of our free time before we become busy. We have somewhat of a different problem now.

Instead of becoming busy, we’ve made ourselves busy. A lot of us go through the same social media routines constantly. At work we cycle through Gmail, ESPN, CNN, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Buzzfeed, and Pinterest on a habitual loop. We don’t even think about the websites we’re looking at, we’re programmed to do it. We take our phones and we have a similar pattern wired into our brains: text, Facebook, Twitter, email, Tumblr, Instagram, and so on. Continue reading

12 Tips from the Sunnah to Communicate Effectively with Others

12 Tips from the Sunnah to Communicate Effectively with Others | ProductiveMuslim
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We communicate with people on a daily basis, and what’s better than learning some important types of etiquette that could improve our daily interactions! I personally worked as an elementary school teacher in Sharjah for a period of time. After Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) blessed me with my third child, I couldn’t get back to work and I didn’t miss the work environment much except for a few wonderful things that used to happen. I reminisced all those small, lovely things and especially remembered the peace greetings.

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How I’m Trying to Raise 8 Intelligent, God-Conscious Children: Interview with Sharifah Mastura Al Jifri

How I Raised 8 Intelligent, God-Conscious Children: Interview with Sharifah Mastura Al Jifri | ProductiveMuslim
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I’d met the eldest daughter at law school: a hafidhah who was fluent in English, Arabic and Malay, a bright student who’d studied 3 different syllabuses and was a remarkably disciplined girl for her age. When she told me all her other 7 siblings were or are becoming huffaadh and were being educated and brought up like she was too, I couldn’t wait to meet their wonder mom.

When I first met their amazing mother Sharifah Mastura Al Jifri – a petite, serene Singaporean woman; and the rest of her beautiful children at their house; I knew I’d never seen an entire productive family like this one in my life, mashaAllah.

I finally had the pleasure of interviewing Sharifah Mastura to share her arduous yet highly and continuously rewarding parenting experience with the ProductiveMuslim readership. So here’s how she’s striving to raise 8 intelligent, God-conscious children: Continue reading