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[Surat Al-Kahf Series – Part 1]: The Productive Sleepers (Seriously?!)

[Surat Al-Kahf Series- Part 1]: The Productive Sleepers (Seriously?!)
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Yeah, right. A story about ‘sleeping’ for hundreds of years teaches Muslims about productivity?!

Well, let’s recap the events together, shall we? A number of young men are guided to believe in the One and Only Lord and because they lived in a city of disbelievers they decide to escape to the cave, fearing execution after calling people to monotheism. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) makes the boys fall asleep for 309 years (300 solar and 9 lunar years), and then they wake up to a new society filled with faith. It’s a miracle and it’s amazing but hey, as far as the story goes, that is it! We learn so many lessons from it but ‘productivity’ isn’t one of them, since the boys were actually sleeping! Isn’t that what some people would think?

Actually, there is more to this story than that, and that’s what we’ll explore in this article. Continue reading

[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 on parenting lessons from Surah Luqman, 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

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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[Parenting Lessons from Surah Luqman – Part 3]: Being Grateful and Caring towards Parents

[Parenting Lessons from Surah Luqman – Part 3]: Being Grateful and Caring towards Parents | ProductiveMuslim
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In previous parts of this series on parenting lessons from surah Luqman, we talked about the essential prerequisites of parenting (Part 1), and the importance of instilling tawheed and iman in our children, so they can avoid committing shirk (Part 2).

This part focuses on the next piece of advice in surah Luqman 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him): taking care of one’s parents and being grateful to them, and how we can imbibe these qualities in ourselves and our children. Continue reading