ProductiveMuslim’s Best of 2014

ProductiveMuslim Best of 2014
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It’s that time of the year again! Alhamdulillah, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has enabled us to mark another successful year of fabulous articles on how to be a productive Muslim, and it’s time for us to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the people who’ve made this possible:

  • Firstly, our guest authors from around the world who volunteer and work hard to put their ideas, experiences and tips together to help make our Ummah more productive. Here’s a big shout out from the entire ProductiveMuslim team to our contributors: jazakumullahu khayr al jaza’! (may Allah compensate you with the best of rewards!)
  • Secondly, our beloved readers and fans whose constant appreciation, support and stimulating feedback on our work drives us to keep doing our best to publish quality content on Islam and productivity. A huge thank you to all of you, dear readers!
  • Thirdly, all the volunteers at ProductiveMuslim who work together across continents despite their demanding professional and personal schedules to help make this Ummah more productive: Jazakumullahu khayr al jaza’, team!

And now, *drum roll*: here’s the big list of the BEST Productive Muslim articles of 2014:

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[Interview] Secrets of a Productive Muslimah – Maryam Amirebrahimi (Part 1)


[Interview] Secrets of a Productive Muslimah - Maryam Amirebrahimi (Part 1) | ProductiveMuslim
Photo by Farrukh: flickr[dot]com/photos/swamibu/

At ProductiveMuslimah, we all believe the ultimate secret to a successful Muslimah is that she strives with sincere intentions and uses all the resources around her to achieve the highest stations in Paradise. We are always looking for the ‘secrets to productivity’ and wanted to explore how some of the Muslim women today manage time effectively and perform the best in all the roles they hold being a mother, wife, daughter, professional, activist and more! So we decided to get some of the ‘Productive Muslimahs’ of our time in the hot seat to find out their top tips and secrets to become a Productive Muslimah!

We are very excited to be joined in the first part of a series of interviews with Sister Maryam Amirebrahimi, a regular author on, a Tae Kwon Do second degree black belt, student of knowledge and hafidha of the Qur’an! She is in our ProductiveMuslimah hot seat today so we asked her to tell us her secrets on how she manages to stay productive while juggling her studies, writing and family life!

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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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[Book Review] In Praise Of Slow


[Book Review] In Praise Of Slow | ProductiveMuslim

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Gandhi

This sentence speaks volumes and makes a perfect opening to Carl Honoré’s book — In Praise of SLOW: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed.

In the spirit of Ramadan and one’s desire to enjoy every minute of this blessed month, it seems quite intriguing to find a global movement that calls upon people to “slow down” and enjoy their lives.

In a world where people are sold the idea that “faster is better”, the idea of slowing down seems almost impossible. However, this book offers a prescription for escape.

I would like to make a small request at this point. With all the haste and chase, people do not even slow down to read and digest properly. To this end, I would like to challenge you to read this article at a moderate pace and truly derive its full benefit. Continue reading

ProductiveRamadan To-Do List!


ProductiveRamadan To-Do List! | ProductiveMuslim

We all know that the beautiful month of Ramadan is essentially about generosity, nobility, developing oneself and being more compassionate towards others. In addition to internalizing those meanings, we need to act upon them as well.

Accordingly, we at ProductiveMuslim developed a to-do list that you can use this Ramadan. The purpose is to help you organize yourselves and your time in Ramadan.

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