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Productive Pregnancy

Productive Pregnancy | Productive Muslim
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Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has chosen you for a great task ahead. He has honoured you with continuing the Holy Prophet’s ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) ummah. But these are not usually the dominating thoughts when you are pregnant, right?

The hormonal imbalance coupled with mood swings, frequent urination, headaches and back pain do not make pregnancy a good experience to cherish. Well, the truth is, you can choose to make pregnancy the most memorable and productive experience of your life, or you can spend it whining and crying.

Below are few tips to make pregnancy a joyous and productive experience of life, In sha Allah. Continue reading

A Golden Key to Successful Homework Completion

A Golden Key to Successful Homework Completion | Productive Muslim
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“Did you do your homework?” Sound familiar? Well, it is that time of year again – school books, pencils, homework, and report cards… school is back in. If you think one of the most challenging aspects of the school year is getting your kids to do their homework timely and regularly, you are not alone. But do not fret… there is hope! Here are several things you can do to make homework time less stressful and more enjoyable this year, In sha Allah. 

Initial Checks  

The first thing you want to do is rule out if your child has a learning disability. Some kids do not want to do their homework because they have special learning challenges. These children may need additional instruction or one-on-one help. Your child’s teacher should be able to help you determine if your child has a learning disability.

Reward  

If a learning disability is not causing your child’s lackluster homework performance, try offering him something that will be an incentive to do his homework. Using an Incentive Chart is one of the best ways to motivate your child to do something he has little desire doing. Continue reading

Motherhood Series: When Iman Level Dips

Motherhood Series: When Iman Level Dips | Productive Muslim
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The journey of motherhood, and the aim of undertaking it with the utmost effort to be most productive, has been explored in first two parts of this series. But in spite of our best efforts we still hit a rough patch.

How do we get back on track? How do we motivate ourselves to be a productive mother once more?In this article, we’ll explore the inner heart so you’ll have the tools to boost your iman when things get overwhelming.

Experiencing Those Low Iman Days

The ultimate goal of a Productive Muslimah is to “spend each day better than the one gone by”. We aim at increasing the quality of our worship and fulfilling all our duties.

When we have faith, we can breeze through each day. Nothing seems impossible! Come what may, we are able to smile and manage everything, Alhamdulillah!

And then slowly, the brightness dims and we cannot seem to muster the strength to do anything. Continue reading

[Motherhood Series] Seasoned Mothers and Productivity

[Motherhood Series] Seasoned Mothers and Productivity - Productive MuslimThis is the second part of our Productive Mothers series. Click here to read the first part: New Mothers and Productivity

Our journey began with lots of courage, nerves and joy. Our precious bundle has now bloomed into a happy child. As we wipe our tears and return home from the first day at school, we are met with silence. No voices. The good news is that this is only for a little time. Very soon, the noises will return home.

This silence is a blessing from Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), as He wants us to use it productively. As that happy child grows up into an adult, we are left with more time in our hands, because we are not needed as much anymore.

So what can we do now to fill those minutes and hours in our day to continue on our path of becoming a truly productive mother? Continue reading

Attention Busy Moms, 8 Productivity Tips for a Successful Back to School Season

Attention Busy Moms, 8 Productivity Tips for a Successful Back to School Season - Productive MuslimThe back to school season is in full swing and you’re probably already readjusting to busy school days, the anticipation of new lessons learned and the happy (and sometimes not so happy) stories that come home with your child everyday.  It can get pretty hectic and overwhelming. That’s why I’ve asked some pretty busy moms their productivity hacks for maintaining order, reducing stress and keeping their sanity. Enjoy and please implement!

  1. Rise Early: Most moms I’ve talked to mentioned the absolute necessity of waking up early.  ProductiveMuslim has been advocating rising for fajr and staying up since its inception and here’s just one reason why:From Shakr Al-Ghamidi that the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “O Allah bless my Ummah in what they do early (in the day).” [Tirmidhi] Continue reading