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[SISTERS] How Introspecting Makes Life More Meaningful

[SISTERS] How Introspecting Makes Life More Meaningful | ProductiveMuslim
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The Book of Allah repeatedly encourages man to reflect; in fact, the verb yatafakkaru (they reflect) is mentioned 17 times. In his book, The Book of Assistance, Imam Al-Haddad remarks that reflection is the lamp of the heart, if it departs, the heart will have no light. Therefore, without reflection, the heart is darkened and life is lived with a sense of hollowness, devoid of meaningful purpose. It is no wonder the Greek philosopher Socrates said: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Continue reading

[Surat Al-Kahf Series – Part 4]: What Are You Doing With Your Dreams?

[Surat Al-Kahf Series - Part 4] What Are You Doing With Your Dreams
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Ladies and gentlemen, we are approaching the end of this series. Please fasten your seat belts and make sure your seats are in the upright position. On behalf of the cabin crew, I would like to thank you for taking this journey with us and hope to see you here again soon. 

Okay fine, I use humor to hide my true feelings, and today I have a tiny heartache because I’m really going to miss talking about Surat Al-Kahf. On a lighter note, while researching the final story, which is about a king named ‘Dhul-Qarnayn’ (the man of the two horns), I found out that a possible reason for his title is his hairdo: two ponytails that looked like horns (that cheered me up honestly!) [See Dr. Yasir Qadhi’s lecture on Surat Al Kahf].

Others say it’s because he reached the two ‘horns’ of the sun, east and west. In fact, there are many interpretations of his title and Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) knows best which the true one is. It’s his fascinating story that concerns us most since we are asked to read it every single Friday for the rest of our lives. Continue reading

[Surat Al-Kahf Series- Part 3] Three Strikes And You’re OUT!

[Surat Al-Kahf Series- Part 3] Three Strikes And You’re OUT! | ProductiveMuslim
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It’s one of those days. The alarm doesn’t go off. You’re late for an urgent meeting. There’s no edible food in the fridge and you’re out of coffee. You stomp your feet on the way out and maybe rip your pants. The car won’t start so you take a cab with a chatty driver who takes a wrong turn and you end up stuck in traffic for what seems like a whole week!

You just want to scream: “Why do BAD things happen to GOOD people?” Continue reading

[The Productive Mommy Series] 10 Tips for the Working Mommy

[The Productive Mommy Series] 10 Tips for the Working Mommy | ProductiveMuslim
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Assalamu alaikum! In my last article, I introduced my top ten tips on how mommies could translate their skills and share them with the world in the form of a blog. Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom or a working mommy (or both!), we all have tips and advice to give to others. In this part, I’ll be telling you how working mommies can maximise productivity using these ten simple tips. Continue reading

[Surat Al-Kahf Series- Part 2]: When Money Talks…Shut It Up!

[Surat Al-Kahf Series- Part 2]: When Money Talks…Shut It Up!
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No, I’m just a normal person like everyone else! Granted, I live in a 17-floor mansion, but you know, it’s very simple. The walls are gold-plated and the fireplaces and crystal lights are all voice-activated. I got my bedroom suite for only 250,000 pounds! Pretty good deal, huh? Anyway, enough about me! Now tell me something about you.

You’ve probably met one of those people before; the kind who don’t necessarily brag out loud, but instead work it into the conversation to let everyone know how ‘well’ they’re doing.

They feign that shocked look when they hear that not every person in the world owns a private jet or spends summers in Cannes with all the celebrities. Then they’ll pout as they try to make you feel better about your miserable life, all the while adding more insult to injury, with details about how they spend lonely nights on their 20-feet yachts and light their cancerous cigars with $100 bills, rubbing their riches in your face till your teeth hurt.

Well, on second thought, I really hope you’ve never met anyone like that. I must say, it’s not a very pleasant experience. Continue reading