Dhikr For the ‘Mum on the Run’


Dhikr For the 'Mum on the Run' | ProductiveMuslim

Wake up, Fajr salah. Get the kids up, breakfast, uniforms, school bags. Check. Rush to school. Back home, do the dishes, vacuum the living room, prepare lunch and dinner, Dhuhr salah. Check. 3:30pm, pick up the kids, fix a snack, finish making dinner, ‘Asr salah. Help with homework, teach Qur’an, Maghrib salah. Dinner. Get the kids to bed. Isha salah.

Your eyes drift as soon as your head hits the pillow. You promised yourself that you would recite some words in remembrance of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), but your slumber overtakes you.

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[Productive Relationships] Reconnect With People You Care About


[Productive Relationships] Reconnect With People You Care About | ProductiveMuslim

In a fast-paced society, routines tend to become rote and mechanical. Day in day out, we commit to the regular tasks of the week: driving to and from work, taking kids to and from school, and fitting in as many extracurricular activities as possible – all without much thought and emotions. As the pace picks up, we can unknowingly disengage with the important people in our lives such as husbands, wives, children, parents, other family, friends and neighbours. Even though we interact with these people on a daily basis, we can still find ourselves emotionally detached. We may be physically there but with our thoughts racing to catch up with our busy routines, our minds can be elsewhere.

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Use Your Pencil to Read the Qur’an with Reflection


Use Your Pencil to Read the Qur'an with Reflection | ProductiveMuslim
Photo by mr.urganci: flickr[dot]com/photos/mrurganci/

Are you constantly seeking a better relationship with the Qur’an but feel frustrated with the huge tafsir books and your tight schedule? You’re not alone.

Well, let’s start this off with a confession. I have always found it hard to keep a daily wird of reciting Qur’an (the part of the Qur’an one reads or assigns to him/herself daily). Sometimes I would get my spirits up and commit, but that would last for a couple of weeks only. I used to come up with a whole lot of excuses: You’re a medical student. You have exams. You’ve had a long day today. Tomorrow is a long day, you need to go to sleep.

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[Reader Discussion] Observing Salah When You’re Out and About

[Reader Discussion] Observing Salah When You're Out and About | ProductiveMuslim

Alhamdulillah, we’ve been sharing many tips and resources on how you can work better and be a truly productive Muslim. Now it’s your turn to help our readers!

Every month, we will host a Productive Muslim’s reader discussion thread where you can share and learn from each other tips that help you become more productive.

Thank you for the many interesting opinions and tips on our last discussion on productivity when you’re ill! The theme for this month is how to safeguard your salah when you’re outside your home.

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Invest in Your Spiritual Productivity During Non-Praying Days


Invest In Your Spiritual Productivity During Non-Praying Days | ProductiveMuslim
Photo by Akif Sahin: flickr[dot]com/photos/akif_che/

Ramadan is a time of spiritual retreat – we are able to invest in the extra good deeds and gain more reward than at any time of the year. It is meant to be the most productive time of the year for us on a spiritual, social and physical level but this isn’t always the case. Sisters face a different productivity challenge during the days they are unable to fast due to menstruating or post-natal bleeding, so often I hear sisters complain about how unproductive they are during the days where they can’t fast. It’s like they feel a spiritual loss and miss out on the blessings of Ramadan. Here’s the good news sisters, you can still be productive during these days when you are unable to fast!

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