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  1. Alhamdulilah a relevant and motivating article – especially liked the reference to Allah (swt) creating the world in 7 days as an example of gradualism in Islam. May we all attain ihsan in all aspects of our lives, ameen.

  2. Salam .
    Alhamdu liLah . The potency of good objective , modesty and consistent commitment is unbeatable .
    The difference with a Muslim is in pursuing what is right and clearing what is evil .
    May Allah strengthen us .

  3. As salamu alaikum. I just finished the article in one sitting & got a lot from it. I am preparing for Usmle step 1 exam & my aim is to please my Creator Almighty Allah SWT by my work. I will definitely follow Your advice & apply them in my life!
    JazakAllah Khair !

  4. Jazakallahu khair. I’m motivated to get closer and closer to Quran after reading this article. May Allah will grant us strength to keep moving further in His pathway..

  5. Two things stroke me in the article. Gradualism and keeping a company of people who will always awe you. The first makes productivity more achievable and measurable. The second gives you people that encourage to continue to excel and do more. May Allah help all of us adopt these two aspects.things Amen

  6. Alhamdulillah! This is an inspirational and a motivational speech. Although,we can not be the great people we read about but we can at least be like them. May ALLAAH,The Almighty, help us all to achieve our goals in life. Ameen!

  7. Alhamdulillah! This is an inspirational and a motivational speech. By reading only we can gain knowledge and knowledge leads us to wisdom and wisdom makes us true believer as well as true follower of Islam.To do all this spark is utmost necessary of which base and source is inspiration.Keep it up.Keep doing so by which people like us will be benefited.Ameen!

  8. As salam alaikum.
    I am so grateful to come across this article. What really hit me is the waking up early comment. Every person who is successful has this habit, no matter what ideology he/she has. The journey , the path to success is what we should focus on.

  9. Assalaam Alaykum

    MashaAllah this is very useful speech that use few words but teaches thousands of things every Muslim should work on. I’m inspired on the concept of gradualism making use of this will help me achieve much more of my goal. This is also true on struggling to reach the level of ihsan.

    Brothers!!! I was borne a Muslim but the lack of proper knowledge hinders our capacity to practice Islam as per Rasuul (Salallahu Alayhi Wassallam) teachings, we come to realize now that, so many things done in our muslim society are innovates.
    BarakaAllahu Fiykum

  10. Asalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahe wa barakatuh

    Subhan Allah; the reminder of Surah 18:27 along with beginning and ending the day with the Qur’an is a priceless gem! Thank you for interviewing Dr. Aboutaleb; & if Productive Muslim can create sections for individuals such as the respectable guests & continue on this; along with Qur’anic education & tafseer.

    Jazakamu Allahu khairan

    Motie Omari
    مطيع العمري

  11. MasyaAllah, I honestly really need help, i was struggling with my final homework and i still hv another paper to do n i only hv two days left n it s all due to procrastination, i let the whole two months winter holidays Just like that, n now am in distressed thinking that i might not be able to make it through graduate school..then when i checked upon my email after completing my first final hw i saw n read this, it is a struggle to fight this bad habit, sometimes i can maintain being productive like keep up with my plans for some days n one day i failed n it ruined the next day n so on, n then i start over again, n the cycle goes on n on..sigh..after reading this, it s giving me a hope..i always thought to myself abt how can these people keep up with their plans n achieving their goals..now i know that we need companies of those who run towards d same goals. I hv some sisters who just started to routinely exercising together, n lately we agreed to include memorizing quran n check upon each other every Friday, n insyaAllah we re gonna do volunteery shaum together, i hope we can really preserve it, n i ve already bookmark this article to remind me whenever i start to waver n keep on n proggressing insyaAllah, oh i hope i can beat this procrastination n be success in my school as well, please make doa for me…Jazakillah Khaer.

  12. Asalamu alaykum

    MashaAllah a blessed person MashaAllah! I support the company of people whom you may gain from them(positive people) because when you sorround yourself with people who do not know the meaning of your draems,always they will discourage you.
    JazakaAllah khayr for the nice Article. MashaAllah

  13. Asalamu Alaykum

    MashaAllah a blessed person MashaAllah. Iam interested in the good company,Sure you must sorround yourself with positive people those you can gain from them and not negative ones who always discourage your dreams. It is Allah(S.W)’s BARAK to get such kind of people,we must make Duaa for this.
    JazakaAllah Khayr kaseera for the nice article MashaAllah

  14. Jazakallah Khairan for this beautiful piece. I have really being reminded to pursue my dreams only for the sake of ALLAH and with Ihsan. It is indeed wonderful to have learnt from it.

  15. Ma’ash’Allah, what a postive note to all who want to achieve. This also reflects that the key to success is your Salah and Alhamdulilllah something which I have experienced many many times.

  16. Subhanallah! Reading this just made me want to be better and struggle for ihsan. Was feeling low like in a slump lately. So this article really helped motivate me back alhamdulillah :D Jazakallahu khair

  17. Ma Shaa Allah, keeping in mind that we have to be positive about everything in Islam, it is also not so easy to memorise the Qur’an without a proper understanding of the original language of the Qur’an. May Allah make its memorization easy for us and may HE continue to baraqalise Dr. Abutaleb’s knowledge.

  18. Mashaa Allah, truly inspiring…Jazaakumullahu khairan for the article. Wish everybody the best of both worlds!
    *Please confirm the number of days Allah created the heavens and the earth…7 or 6 days?
    wassalaamu’alaikum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh..

    • It is a typographical error should be six days, thank you I will submit the correction to the editorial team. To be clear from a theological perspective this means six periods of time, not 24-hour days, as made clear in various Quranic verses.

  19. MashaAllah I don’t know yet if their has been a research on this. But i think majority of those that memorizes the Qur’an with good intentions,are rewarded gracefully in their academics too. I will try it too

  20. Ma Sha Allah… I find this very helpful to myself…. I have the intention to be an hafiz of the Quran but I have always given myself flimsy excuses (thinking its late already) .. I will try all my best to start again as soon as possible in Sha Allah… May Allah ease my affairs… JazakAllah khairan

  21. JazakAllahu Khayran! I pray that I can apply these tips in my life and strive for excellence
    In shaa Allah whilst helping others do so also. Gradualism is the key word. Hadn’t thought of that before. Feel motivated now Alhamdulillah!

  22. I feel motivated after reading this article. Really good one. I already started memorizing the Quran. These kind of article keep me in the track to achieve my goal. In Shah Allah May Allah reward you for your good work.

  23. Am really inspired. I have been hearing inspiring interviews but this sounds new and original, infact am not stopping crawling with my practising of the Noble Quran and my dream of being a Professional Accountant. May Allah help us succeed here and hereafter

  24. This is excellent motivation for myself as a student.
    Ma sha Allah this person has helped put lots of things into perspective for me. May Allah bless this man and the people that made this available to us. Ameen.
    I intend to improve my productivity as this has made me realise of my shortcomings and the excessive laziness that plagues me. May Allah help me overcome and become a productive muslim. Ameen.

  25. Very practical and benefitting article.
    We look at successful people and think that they are gifted, ignoring the amount of hard work that they must have put in.
    I too aspire to memorise the Quran and also make my sons hafidh in sha Allah.
    Bite sized portions n graduality n consistency n barakah of the early hours are very beautiful and useful tips.
    Jazakallahu khairan for sharing.

  26. AssalamuAlaikum,
    Getting rid of the “all-or-nothing” approach is one my weak points that I want to change in my lifestyle and embracing ups and downs is such a good pertinent advice to follow. “Surrounding with excellence” can be challenging, since I live in an “unproductive” society but Insha’Allah I try my best to look up to good inspiring people who encourage self-improvemnt for the sake of Allah (s.w.t).
    May Allah grants you the highest paradise. Thank you for sharing us this useful interview. J.A.K.

  27. Jazakhaallahu khairfor those wonderful questions u asked on behalf of all aspiring muslims .I have always wondered whether Muslims reach to the so called fame. in this world but I am gradually realizing that they are already there only that I have to keep a look out for them