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[Parenting Lessons from Surah Luqman – Part 2]: Avoiding Shirk


[Parenting Lessons from Surah Luqman - Part 2]: Avoiding Shirk | ProductiveMuslim
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In [Parenting Lessons from Surah Luqman – Part 1]: Prerequisites of Being a Wonderful Parent of this series on parenting based on lessons from Surah Luqman, we touched upon the essential prerequisites that we need to fulfill ourselves to be positive, wonderful parents throughout our journey of parenthood.

This part focuses on the first advice of Luqman 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) to his son: avoiding shirk (not associating anything with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)). The two fundamental and critical attributes of tawheed (oneness of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) and iman (faith) are very important for one to be able to stay away from shirk effectively. Continue reading

10 Actions for Sisters to Boost Self-Confidence


10 Actions for Sisters to Boost Self-Confidence | ProductiveMuslim
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One of the major barriers to productivity I often hear about when I meet sisters across the world, is the lack of self-confidence. I know from personal experience that is isn’t easy to develop confidence – some people are born with it, but I believe for most of us, it has to be developed and nurtured as we grow! I often have friends and family tell me I carry an aura of confidence about me; some wonder ‘what’s her secret?’ – it has has certainly taken some training! It is really disheartening to see Muslim women who are so talented, educated and ambitious thwart their progress and productivity because they have low self-esteem. I’d like to explore how we sisters can boost our own confidence with practical tips from the Qur’an and Sunnah. Continue reading

Taking Care of Your Kidneys: The Key to Your Daily Productivity


Taking Care of Your Kidneys The Key to Your Daily Productivity | ProductiveMuslim
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It’s true that we don’t realize the value of something until we lose it. I struggled for over 10 years with kidney disease and despite constant warnings from my doctor that non-compliance with medication would cost me my kidneys, I never ever imagined being the one on dialysis, let alone need somebody else’s kidney to survive.

Chronic kidney disease can severely affect your daily productivity: it causes persistent fatigue, nausea, swelling due to water retention, anemia, and ruins your appetite. When you reach chronic renal failure, where your kidneys can no longer sustain you, dialysis is the only option until a donor kidney is available. Continue reading

What’s In A Productive Muslimah’s Bag?


What's In A Productive Muslimah's Handbag? | ProductiveMuslim
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A while back, we posted out an article called ‘5 Wardrobe Hacks of Productive Muslimah‘ and we got a hugely positive response. It seems that us sisters can allow our wardrobes to get the better of us and it can impact on our productivity too. In light of this, I wanted to share with you all another few secrets from my closet but this time related to the all essentials in a handbag that most sisters carry around.

One of the common issues I have found with sisters – whether they are students, mothers or professionals – is that they can often not find the most important thing whilst rummaging through their handbag. At important times (during a meeting or when you are travelling), it is time-saving to have everything well organised in your handbag, to be able to access things quickly and easily whilst carrying less unnecessary baggage – this will ultimately make us better organised and more productive.

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