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Back to School Series: 10 crucial tips for university students

Back to School Series: 10 Crucial Tips for University Students - Productive MuslimWhen getting to higher education, one’s life changes, and at the beginning of each year, we tend to feel rather lost and not exactly sure of what to handle first. It doesn’t matter which year of university you are in – with fresh starts, there are always opportunities to shake things up. Since university isn’t only about getting a degree, but learning to be an adult, here are 10 crucial tips to find your way around and take the leap.

1. GOOD INTENTIONS

Your faith should be sincere to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), and that the deed is intended for His sake. As the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: Continue reading

Battling The Nafs (Base Desires) In The University Environment

We live in a world full of temptations. It is a world that is full of tests and challenges. We find ourselves battling with our nafs (base desires) a lot while making decisions based on right and wrong. We constantly battle with choices of whether, in the societies that we live in, our beliefs will integrate well with the social norms. We find ourselves seeking answers to questions which at some point we never had to ask ourselves but, in modern society, such questions arise frequently. The questions I refer to are relative to specific situations. In a university environment, for instance, some of these, citing specific situations, are:

Consider a Muslim girl in a university environment. While interacting with other students, some of the questions she might ask herself will be:

What do they think of me as a Muslim Female?”“What does my dressing say about me? Do they understand why I dress in the way that I do? Do I scare them away? Should I perhaps try to blend in by modifying my dress? Do they think I’m being oppressed?
MashaAllah a lot of Muslim sisters have managed to stay strong in their observation of hijab in such instances – something which is truly commendable and admirable. May Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) continue to guide them and may He direct those that might have deflected back to the right path.

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Elements of a successful ISOC

The following is an article I wrote for the first nationwide Muslim Student magazine, known as Islam Central. I go into details into some of the Islamic tips of Management and Management concepts used widely in the corporate world, that helped me a lot in my time as the head of an Islamic student society. Although geared mainly for students, the lessons adopted here can be shared in a wide range of situations.

A number of people have asked me to write my personal experiences in the ISOC, and how it developed from being a structure-less society filled with politics to a well-structured, project orientated, organic society. Instead of boring you with my experiences, I thought it would be better if I simply wrote down elements of success that worked with ISOC, and that I believe can transpire to all ISOCs across the country.

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