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  1. Barakallahu feek to brother hashem for sharing his experience and tips with us. An inspiring individual mashaAllah. I’m currently studying at uni so I found his advise to be very beneficial alhamdulillah. I hope to start implementing them straight away inshaAllah. May Allah (SWT) give us all muslim brothers and sisters the tawfeeq to be successful and use our time at uni wisely and what we’ve learnt to benefit the ummah aameen. Jazaakallahu khayran.

  2. Masha Allah.
    the article was so much inspiring and may all Bless all readers with Barakah.
    it was really interesting to know a different path studies.
    May Allah Bless you with success in this world and the hereafter.

  3. Alhamdulillah I’m glad I took the time to read this. Preparing for medicine is quite possibly the biggest change in my life, and it takes an incredible amount of strength to make it though in one piece. The kind of strength that can only be found in a silent dua.

    Subhanallah, I think it all comes down to one thing- our connection with Allah. Because once we’re connected with the Lord of the universe, then the universe is going to work out. It won’t necessarily be easier or less challenging, but rather you’ll be stronger and more firm.

    Productivity is hard. Balancing family, society, religion, temptations, expectations… its’ exhausting just to think about it. But as brother Hashem so beautifully exemplified, it isn’t impossible. It’s not easy either, because think about it, if it were that easy, everybody would be doing it. It wouldn’t be special.

    It’s only easy for those who truly care, for those who really want nothing more than Allah’s pleasure. Because at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. Allah’s Pleasure… that’s the one thing that really lasts.

    • You said it all, subhanAllah, “it all comes down to our connection with Allah.”
      The prophet -peace and blessings be upon him- used to regularly supplicate “Oh turner of the hearts, keep our hearts firm on Your religion.”
      الله المستعان

  4. Alhamdulillah I’m glad I took the time to read this. Preparing for medicine is quite possibly the biggest change in my life, and it takes an incredible amount of strength to make it though in one piece. The kind of strength that can only be found in a silent dua.

    Subhanallah, I think it all comes down to one thing- our connection with Allah. Because once we’re connected with the Lord of the universe, then the universe is going to work out. It won’t necessarily be easier or less challenging, but rather you’ll be stronger and more able.

    Productivity is hard. Balancing family, society, religion, temptations, expectations… its’ exhausting just to think about it. But as brother Hashem so beautifully exemplified, it isn’t impossible. It’s not easy either, because think about it, if it were that easy, everybody would be doing it. It wouldn’t be special.

    It’s only easy for those who truly care, for those who really want nothing more than Allah’s pleasure. Because at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. Allah’s Pleasure… that’s the one thing that really lasts.

  5. Jazakallah Khairan khatheera for this wonderful, eye-opening article about being productive Brother
    Hesham. May Allah SWT reward you abundantly and may He make you excel to the highest level in your degree. Ameen.
    Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakthu ,
    Aqeel Ahamed

  6. TabarakAllah akheey, May Allah help you to complete your PhD in-shaa-Allah. I really felt as though it was meant for me, because I am also a computer science PhD candidate, and currently; I am feel I am being test on my patience and tawakul: but thats how research is, “if we knew the answers already; it wouldn’t be research”.

    But it all boils down to what you mentioned and what the sister mentioned; when you have The Most Wise and Most Merciful to lean on at all times, it gives you sakinah. Its just left to do your best, Make dua’a , and trust in Allah.

  7. Masha Allah a brother of great strength and aptitude. Such an inspiring article and in which I found great motivation and valuable guidance and lessons.
    May Allah bless you in all your future endeavors and in the akhirah. Jazak Allah khair.

  8. Thanks a lot for this useful interview.

    I’m an undergraduate student of Computer and Systems Engineering in my final year, so I found this interview very related to me. I needed such motivation right now, returning back to remember the motivation that made me choose this path, so I’m really thankful.

    I enjoyed the advice about enjoying the experiments even if I don’t get publishable results, I needed such advice to remember to be patient and enjoy my work at my graduation project, keeping myself positive will help me be more productive.

    Jazakom Allah Khairan

    • Alhamdollah, you’ve got it all Amira, and we always ask Allah to keep us firm on his religion and good manners (patience, etc.). May Allah make it easy on you.
      P.S. If you need any help in your degree, if I can, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  9. TabarakAllah akheey, May Allah help you to complete your PhD in-shaa-Allah. I really felt as though it was meant for me, because I am also a computer science PhD candidate, and it came in the nick of time (as a reminder), because I feel I am being tested on my patience and tawakul. But that is how research is; its like trying to find something in the dark.

    I believe it all boils down to what you mentioned and what the sister mentioned too; when you always remember that you have The Most Wise and Most Merciful to lean on at all times, it gives you tranquility(sakinah). Its just left to do your best, Make dua’a , and trust in Allah.

    • Jazaki Allah khair Asmaa, great people I know from Kuwait alhamdollah. All the best, inshaAllah, with your future endeavors.

  10. Masha Allah. It’s an encouraging article! May Allah (SWT) grant the brother success in both the Worlds. Ameen.

  11. JazakAllahKhair for sharing these thoughts,being a practicing physician in US,my advice to our youth is to make sure we are practicing Muslims first?

    • You said it all here Shahida. Your wise words replace all of this interview subhanAllah. What’s the point of our hard work if we don’t have our trust on Allah, and what’s the point of trusting in Allah without the hard work that we’re required to put in as Muslims and productive ones inshaAllah.

  12. Asalaamu alaikum, masha’allah this article was excellent with some very useful practical advice from the brother, may Allah reward him. I couldn’t agree more with his advice, particularly about communicating and broadening your horizons and getting involved in lots of different activities. I didn’t do this when I was at university and regret it now, looking back, but alhumdulillah for everything and every situation.
    It really helps to find out how productive people work and study and find a balance. I am struggling at the moment to find a balance, as I am a junior doctor and I find it quite difficult to give everything its due time without compromising something else. Do you have any other advice or ideas for people who work a shift system, or who work long hours and also need to do research/study for exams etc..? Jazakha’Allah khairun for posting excellent articles as always!!
    wasalaamu alaikum

    • Wa alaikum assalam Saima,

      For those who have limited free hours in their day and do hard work during the day and/or night, the humble me would suggest to keep reading the biographies of the prophet -peace be upon him- and his companions -may Allah be pleased with them all. Those people were outstanding with their day/night performance, yet they always put Allah first. Abdurrahman ibn Awf -may Allah be pleased with him- was an extremely wealthy man from trading i.e. signifying his hard effort at work, yet he was one of the promised people of heaven i.e. signifying his hard work in faith whenever he can.

      I believe the secret lies in sincerity to Allah in our work and regular supplication to Allah to strengthen you in your work. I’m sorry if I don’t have a manual-like recipe for this, but the best I can suggest is to liaise to Allah and ask him for guidance, liaise to Him with supreme humility and let those Iman-based tears shed begging Him for his mercy and guidance, and, wallahi, He is enough to guide you and give you ‘ilham’ on what you should do at what time to get the most of the two worlds inshaAllah.

  13. Thank you “productive Muslim” team for bring this article for all of us to benefit from. And MashaAllah Hashem, you’re certainly a very nice inspiration for all of us. I am myself pursuing a very challenging career and InshaAllAh, the book of Allah and the pathway of His Messenger (SAW) are the only fuel and source of guidance for me. I truly adore the message that you have shared with us. Allah SWT be with you at every step and always guide you and all of us to the straight path.

  14. Great article Brother! I am in the final year of my Computer and Information Systems Engineering, and honestly speaking I NEVER liked this field, but somehow my final year project attracts me to this world of programming but I keep on losing strength as programming is something I cannot do and cant get a hold of it, but as you said everything requires patience. I’ll try that out for sure and see if it helps me in my project!

    • Let me share a secret with you Amna, I’ve always found programming to be a scary monster to me, and I still do because my undergraduate lecturer failed at teaching it the proper way, so I have to live with being programming-phobic.

      My line-manager during my placement year advised me to start any programming task on a new white sheet, do all the psuedo-coding on the paper and discuss the idea/implementation of the final software (prodcut) with the supervisor/manager. This way, you don’t have to spend significant time programming then discuss the results later with your supervisor. I found this to be useful to me, because I’m honestly a slow programmer. May Allah ease it for you.

      I think it was Thomas Edison that once said “genuis is 1% inspiration (being smart) and 99% perspiration (hard work).” See what’s best for you in doing programming and stick to it, the challenge is not finding your own secret in doing things, but rather committing to it, hence take patience as a “safety requirement”.

  15. Shukran jazillan. It’s really inspired me.
    I am really inspired now to pursuing my degree after this. No matter how hard it is and there are so many boundaries and obstacles, you have to overcome it.
    It’s make me realize that you should not make any excuses to not be success. There are so many useful advice that can be use to adapt an university life. Thanks again brother for this wonderful article. May Allah bless you.