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  1. very like this article, it’s annoying when we hanging out with friends or family they ignore person in front of them but 📱.

  2. this was honestly quite helpful. I’ll apply these tips, and maybe in the future I’ll share my experience if it worked! ;)

  3. Nice article. I liked all the points especially the last point. May Allah guide us , give a better understanding towards Islam and deen.Aameen

  4. Asalamualikum,
    I think we should remove Facebook and WhatsApp from our mobiles. Its big distraction and waste of time and also remove the email apps (yahoo, Hotmail and Gmail etc. accounts).
    Keep some time to check mails in a day max 1/2 hour and try to complete the email work in that 1/2 hour. It will really help to be less distracted.

    • Wa alaykum salaam,
      I have done better than that. I deactivated my facebook account and put away my smartphone for it really consumed my energy and caused stress between me and my wife. I now use an old school phone (call and sms only) and I can tell you….it is a load off my shoulders. I feel very enlightened and have more time for the more precious things in life. I really enjoy this. If there is something important, then the person should call ;)

  5. while we are busy wasting our valuable time it really help to think what and where we our wasting our time and saying I am quite busy and feeling stressed all because of these vairtual bad havite.. many thanks to brother Islam fo sharing your thought which really matter at least for me.

  6. very practical and useful advice.
    the excuse is with families spread over the globe it’s useful to be in touch….
    it does get out of hand so v. pertinent check list and advice
    jazak Allah khairan…

  7. Jazak Allah khair for the tips. They are not so difficult but applying them might be an uphill task for most people. Change cannot take place overnight it has to be gradual. Maybe people should try to reduce the frequency with which they use the apps before they start talking about deleting them.

  8. It’s nice how you simply explained the tips and their benifits. I also agree with number 4 very much, it’s sad that it’s not so easy to normally hang out with friends, as they appear so busy. As for myself, I find it somewhat rude. جزاك الله كل خير

  9. Whenever I forget my phone at home I enjoy the freedom. I realise that we have become enslaved to technology and we need to make efforts to regain those best things in life which are free but are so valuable especially QUALITY TIME. Jazaakallahukhairan

  10. Jazakum’Allah’u khairan i realy enjoy your submission. if all of us can follow and abide by it our life will change for better.

  11. The tips relate to media/gadget addicts! Of course they are good tips to slowly come out of the over dependence/spend of time. One has to use phone or net very sparingly and on purpose basis. Our goal is to learn some thing Islamic/good so as to enrich ourselves and act according to the dictates of Sharia. I keep the mobile in “silent mode without any vibration” when I start to move mosque for Salah or when I am in meeting either official or personal with friends. I will not attend any call when I am taking food and doing any specific activity. Net is accessed on computer and not on mobile once or twice cursorily. We should remember that we use phone for our convenience and when we want than only we should make use. Need not hurry to answer unknown or even contact calls, we should complete the task which we are engaged after which we can attend to. Anyway minimum use is better.

  12. Alsalam Alaikom, I lived under social “stress” 24/7 untill I decided to cut-off everything away ( Facebook,… ect) as an advise to all brothers and sisters, say stop and think of the the most expensive thing that you are wasting, which is TIME.

  13. Thank you for sharing such an useful article on contemporary issue. I am benefitted reading this one. Jazakallahu khairan.

  14. Alhamdulillah and Shukran Jazeela, actually this a very educative article and I believed once use will change our lives to better, when I lost my phone and I used apps free phone for a week was the greatest and stress free time of my life. JazakumulAllahu Khairan.

  15. Jazakalla u kairan .Very useful article to put into practice with only the help of Allah S W T , to change ourselves , to submit ourselves only to our creator , to HIM we owe every second of our temporary and short life of this world , whereas the “Akhira” is for ever. Allah S W T will surely help us all Insha Allah. We all should rememeber one of the shortest SURA WAL ASR.

  16. maasha allah, very useful article. jazakumullahu khairan. personally, im a person who hate wasting time on social media, but nowadays we have to use it somehow… most of us don’t know the ways to do that usefully. and it’s something like an addiction (checking every 5 mins…) if we don’t try to control ourselves. this is indeed a very simple & practically possible way to follow, alhamdulillah!

  17. 10 years back, before I get into computer, our family would have a monopoly session every week. Now that is gone. No more. It’s a shame when I think back about it. That one bonding session is really good when you had the chance to be around your family members. Now, everyone is busy facing the screens.

  18. All the five points are very vital and highly commendable. Social Network can be curtailed but at once I
    think it is not easy to totally stop. Simultaneously, we have to spare sometimes for the good work that we
    have carried out and shared with other recipients

  19. WHAT YOU CALL SOCIAL MEDIA,I CALL IT ASOCIAL MEDIA(i.e.non-social media)
    This is a very informative article. Thanks 4 that.
    A MESSAGE TO THE YOUTHS:
    fix a goal inyour life in conformity with sharia, pursue that goal earnestly, don’t waste your time on extrneous activities & irrelevant thoughts , be focussed.
    At the time of setting your goal keep the following in mind:LIFE IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN SPENDING IT ON A PURPOSE LOWER THAN THE HIGEST GOAL WHICH IS THE SEEKING OF THE PLEASURE OF THE ALMIGHTY ALLAH.
    There are things being perpetrated again & again in the name of ISLAM but they are purely unislamic,like suicide bombing (suicide is haraam i.e. prohibited in ISLAM),DELIBARATE KILLING OF THE INNOCENT CIVILIANS,ETC.
    There are people who are using the banner of ISLAM to catch the young & talented and use them for their unislamic purpose.If somebody once moves towards them , they catch him through a pre-planned conspiracy and he cannot come out of it.The youths of ISLAM must consider this fact that enemies of ISLAM are behind the scene & giving directions about how to use the MUSLIM YOUTHS
    for denigrating ISLAM & stigmatising MUSLIM COMMUNITY.Muslim youths are falling in their traps and attacking market places, kidnapping innocent girls, killing school children,bombarding places of worships.
    If you like this message, spread it , especially among the youths.

  20. assalamualikum

    Jzk for the tips I think I seriously want to apply the, as I am sick of the distraction caused by constantly being available on all these social networking websites. I do have a question however or maybe this could be a future article sometimes when we are working for dawah organisations as part of marketing for events and stuff we have to make Twitter accounts and Facebook pages these too can be very distracting as we’re constantly trying to post and increase the number of likes on our page. How can we do so without becoming a distraction and in an efficient manner ?

    • Simply by not focusing on increasing the number of likes. I know this is incredibly counter-intuitive. Focus on utilizing those platforms to give people information they actually want/need. Make the focus there to be available and of service, and provide information. The likes will come on their own. And even if they don’t, it’s not a big deal – number of likes isn’t necessarily indicative of anything, and it’s difficult to measure any actual value or return of investment on increasing the number of likes alone.

  21. This article sounds like we humans have become zombies and morons, instead of what we were supposed to be. Best advice should have been in the article by giving alternatives to what distracts humans, like the good old days of 70s, 80s, 90s untill the tech revolution hit us humans. Today’s youth have no idea what it was like growing up in those decades so they need to be taught about it by the current 40 year olds and plus so the youth get an idea how previous youth utilised their time in a productive manner. Keep in mind there is a sizable portion of the Ummah even today who dont have accesss to these tech gadgets, as they cannot afford it so how are they growing up? Thus this article depicts lifestyles of the rich and middle class and not the poor Muslims of our Ummah. Maybe that can be a part two to this articles so readers here realise how the lower class of our Ummah spend their time without these gadgets which might teach us something who knows

    • Salam, this is a true point, but telling a child that a kid in India (or anywhere) doesnt have a phone and canr play angry birds isnt going to make them suddenly realise what theyrr missing out on by staying indoors all day.
      I personally think its about showing kids that therrs alternatives to ipads which are just as much fun, which makes them want to put their screens down and go outside.

  22. Great article .. Jazak’Allah khair .. Need article about how to effectively speak with family members .. And how to show interest .. Thanks

  23. Salaam aleikum. Masha Allah v.nice article. It’s true social media has turned us anti social. Alhamdulillah i’ve tried limiting my time on social media, for example from 5pm to 8pm which is when my kids get home till they are ready to sleep I put phone on silent and give them my 100% attention. During the mornings I have a set time for social networking and for Adhkar and Quraan and try to be as strict as possible about it. It was hard at the beginning but got easier and enjoyable after a while. I started controlling it nit the other way round.

  24. Esselamu alejkum,
    my friend told me one great way to reduce time that I am wasting on facebook: promisse yourselfe you will not go on home page! That way you will just answer on your messages, no media will affect on you because you will not see none of the news feom ESPN for example, unless if you want to check their news, but then they are not being forced or controlled, because you choosed to click on them :)
    I hope someone will find this advice usefull and apply it :)

  25. Mashallah very good article,inshallah now i shoul try hard to implement this, may allah give us strength to fight with our evil nafs.

  26. As Salaam Alaikum, Jazakum Allahu Khairn. This article came right when I noticed that I had been using too much of my time on social media… Before actually reading it, I had already deleted the app that was consuming my time from my phone…. Inorder to use that time in a better way inshallah. Very good article indeed. Jazakum Allahu Khair

  27. Assalamu alaikum,
    this is a good one and quite useful.
    jazakumullah.
    self discipline and reviewe on daily achievementioned in the eveningso shows me focusing more on particular items and I try to adjust

  28. As salamu alaikum
    I deal with social media by carrying a basic phone around (not a smart phone)- does the job, although it may seem impossible and improve communication at home by not having a tv in the house, had noticed the benefits of this immediately. I use the internet on my ipad for information, entertainment etc.

  29. Assalaam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu. I would personally like to say shukran for writing such a wonderful and insightful article. And I find it so very true for me right now cause I was so stressed that I can’t log into my Facebook account because of the passwords. But to actually think it properly I think its of the best I cut out of certain sites. In Shaa Allah may we all be and continue to be guided to the straight path till the last day and may we all meet in the Beautiful. Gardens of Al-Firdus. Ameen.

  30. Assalamualaikum warahmatullah…good article with excellent points! Jazakumullah khairan kathiiran and May Allah grant us guidance to the straight path…Ameen.

  31. Shukran Jazzillaah for that nice nasaha and tips of keeping away from the unnecessary things in our media. All is said and its actual facts in what is happening in today world…May we not be controlled by the media and technology and instead we control the usage..by setting time for everthing. I ues to be like every 5 minutes am checking, but l realised that am wasting alot of time. so am trying to check them 3 time a day. morning, lunch break and before sleeping. Just incase their is a worthy fwd or message.May Allaah guide us all to the right path and maintaining doing good always

  32. Shukran Jazzillaah for that nice nasaha and tips of keeping away from the unnecessary things in our media. All is said and its actual facts in what is happening in todays world…May we not be controlled by the media and technology and instead we control the usage..by setting time for everything. I ues to be like every 5 minutes am checking, but l realized that am wasting a lot of time. so am trying to check them 3 time a day. morning, lunch break and before sleeping. Just in case their is a worthy fwd or message.May Allaah guide us all to the right path and maintaining doing good always

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  34. Thanks for this wonderful post. All the social media tools have been strategically put together to dominate or rather regulate our general consciousness.

    In my own opinion, making use of less sophisticated gadgets will reduce this effect immensely. 2G technology gadgets will serve this purpose the best.

  35. It’s nearly impossible to find experienced people for this topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

  36. Having read several such articles in surprised how almost all of then include “lock away devices….force yourself to talk to your family”.

    As a parent to two kids I assure you that “forcing” is NEVER productive and in my experience always fails.

    On a broader note, as muslim we often seem to find solutions that involve force – something to think about.
    Wassalaam.