The deeper you look at it, the worse you realize the situation is. Every year £10 billion worth of food is wasted in the UK alone. The amount of money multinational companies avoid paying in tax exceeds the amount the world requires in aid. In developing countries, an area of land the size of London is sold every 6 days to foreign investors usurping local farmers from land, food and income. Continue reading
You close your eyes and think of the “good” deeds you did in the way of Allah (glorified and exalted be He). You gave sadaqah, you gave a ride to someone to the masjid, shared a hadith and saw someone implementing it, helped out someone read the Qur’an today, visited a sick neighbor or called a relative and earned lots of du’aas from them.
And you smile and think, Alhamdulillah, you did something today, insha Allah tomorrow you would do more.
And then a tiny voice says, “But what if in spite of all the good deeds I did, I still don’t please my Rabb?” And we worry; was it accepted or not? Let’s look at some conditions that we can fulfil before doing and after doing the good deeds: Continue reading
Examples of these great women have been mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) who has praised and exhorted the superiority of the Maryam, Asiya the wife of Pharoah, Khadijah (may Allāh be pleased with her) Mother of the Believers, and Fatimah (may Allāh be pleased with her), daughter of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).
These amazing women are prime examples of productivity for modern Muslim women who want to achieve the right balance between their family life, work and most importantly their deen. Let’s have a look at these four women and see what we can learn from them to achieve the right balance! Continue reading
Allah (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur’an that, “[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving” [Qur'an: Chapter 67, Verse 2].
That means that we need to have high standards, to be extraordinary, to be excellent at everything that we do, to the best of our ability. We need to have high aspiration and be people who have big visions for ourselves and for the ummah, for the humanity.
It’s not only necessary to have high aspiration, we have to be excellent in our actions as well because Islam is not just about belief. It’s both belief and action, belief and doing good. So many places in the Qur’an Allah (glorified and exalted be He) mentions belief and action together. Here are just 3 out of probably about two dozen places where “believe and do good” is mentioned together.
When we analyse the lives of the productive Muslims in the past, such as those of the pious predecessors, we notice that they made the habit of engaging in dhikr (remembrance of Allah (glorified and exalted be He)) and making du’aa an integral part of their life: as a result, they moved mountains and achieved so much within the same short lifespan that people of our time live through!
It was this barakah, this divine blessing from Allah (glorified and exalted be He) that aided them and allowed them to achieve more in their lives.
By taking on this productive habit ourselves and making it a part of our lives, we too can increase in our productivity, accomplish more in our time and move mountains by Allah’s permission. Continue reading