As Muslims we should always be working towards getting closer to Allah (glorified and exalted be He). That is after all why we were created: to worship Allah (glorified and exalted be He) [Qur'an: Chapter 51, Verse 56].
Learning Arabic can be viewed as one of the ways we can grow closer to Allah (glorified and exalted be He). Insha Allah this article will look at why Arabic is so important in our lives, and also outline some practical tips to get you started.
Modern Standard Arabic or Classical/Qur’anic?
Of course there are two forms of Arabic: Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Classical Arabic, that of the Qur’an. You need to decide why it is you are learning Arabic. What do you hope to get out of it? The ability to converse with other Arabic speakers? The ability to be able to read the words of Allah (glorified and exalted be He) with complete understanding? Continue reading
bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement of health: Walking is a great exercise.
Exercise, without it we are not as healthy as we could be. Without it we are not as productive as we could be. Without it we are not exploiting our mind and body to their fullest potential. Without it we are not fulfilling our religion to its fullest. Without it we are not the Muslims we could be.
Ibn ‘Abbas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Two favors that many of the people squander are health and free time.” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi] Continue reading
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In Part 1 of this series, I focused on information overload in the YouTube Culture, and steps you can take to manage this. In this part, you will read more about how to be selective in what you watch, and what else you can do to get the best out of watching online videos.
So Many Trees in the Forest
In Part 1 of this series, I talked about how easy it is to become overloaded with information these days and the negative impact this has on your productivity. There is no doubt that you must seek knowledge, and the immediate availability of YouTube videos definitely makes that easier. Maybe too easy sometimes. Whatever topic or medium of information you choose, you should always ask yourself whether you’re really benefitting or just passively taking in information. Continue reading
When you have your plate full, keeping focused isn’t always easy. And when we can’t give our full attention to a task, we can’t give it our best. This can start a cycle of demotivation and non-productivity, unless we pull in the reins and turn it around.
It takes a strong resolve to focus, good motivation, and working smartly to beat distractions. Here are some ways to hone your ability to focus and stay focused on the task at hand:
1. Planned productivity
Reserve time for daily tasks according to how your personal productivity and attention levels vary throughout the day. Continue reading