Much of our lives are spent interacting with family, friends and co-workers. All of these relationships are governed by codes of conduct, and the most important rule for a Muslim to follow in maintaining them is having ‘taqwa’ (being ever conscious of God).
If we try our best to acquire a higher state of taqwa in our hearts, we will analyze our every action to ensure that what we do is pleasing to Allah (glorified and exalted be He) and that we maintain our relations with others in the best manner possible. Continue reading
Most of the time when we talk about Islamic family life, we tend to focus on the relationship we have with our parents. However, the bond between siblings should not be neglected when it comes to establishing a stable Muslim family. If you are a big brother or a big sister, chances are that you are a role model to someone. And whether you realize it or not, you have a certain responsibility toward your younger siblings since children tend to imitate what they see others do. Therefore, you should aim to spend your quality time with them in the most productive way possible. After all, you are helping raise the next Muslim generation.
Below, you can find eight productive activities to do with your younger siblings. But since doing all of these at the same time would be a little bit overwhelming, I would suggest you choose at least one religious activity and one other activity to integrate into your daily life and do them on a regular basis. Also, depending on the age of your siblings, you might want to slightly alter the activities. Continue reading
Building upon a previous article on the elements of a successful ISOC, this post will inshaAllah help you to become more productive students during the ISOC/MSA (Islamic Society/Muslim Students Association) meeting process, and lead to success for the ISOC/MSA as a whole.
You might think that a meeting can be a last-minute event and still be a success; but as the old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” It can be helpful to think of the meeting in stages: before, during, after. These categories can help you to break down what needs to be done at each stage of the meeting process. Remember that adding more stages to the planning aspect is not meant to overwhelm you and add extra work; on the contrary, by planning stage by stage, the whole process will be easier, smoother, and most importantly, more productive. Continue reading
Spending productive time with our children is essential to raising them up properly. It is related that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:
“All of you are shepherds, and each one is responsible for his flock.A leader is a shepherd and he is responsible for those in his care. A man is a shepherd over his family, and he is responsible for his flock. A woman is like a shepherd over her husband’s house and children, and she is responsible for them. And a slave is a guardian of his master’s property and is responsible for it. So all of you are guardians and are responsible for your charges” [Sunan Abi Dawud].
We don’t often experience the sight of shepherds guiding their sheep across a meadow to graze. But anyone who has seen the image of a young man with staff in hand and a flock of sheep trailing behind can attest to the fact that the proper maintenance of one’s flock necessitates the spending of time. Continue reading
Children are a product of our society and the most valuable asset of our future. We, as adults, greatly influence how a child feels and behaves. We have the power to motivate and inspire them. We need to create a positive image about learning about our deen. The only way to achieve this is by leading by example. As a parent, you will have very little impact on your child’s want to learn if you do not make the effort to do the same.
The key to motivating your child in learning about the deen is to make it fun, get them interested and put in the effort. For all you Productive Muslims out there I have come up with a few practical ideas on how to achieve this. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but simply a starting point to get you all started. Use Ramadaan as an opportunity to create the thirst for knowledge in your children insha Allah. Continue reading