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    • Walaikum salam brother. Thank you for your great suggestion :) InshaAllah, I will put it down as a sub-project for this project – “Learn and make great videos” ;) Please make dua that Allah give me the time and baraka to make this a reality. Jazakallahu khairan.

  1. Salamunalaikum,perhaps this is the most discouraging writeup I have read on this site so far . In the early years of my studies,I have read extensively on inspirational discourses and even attended lectures on how to succeed in life. In fact, this was ongoing even at tertiary institution level . AlhamduliLLAH,by HIS grace,it finally dawned on me that the how – to-succeed in this and the next life is in The Holy Qur’an and the way of life of The Prophet, pbuh.Now,I read this article three times and wanted to see its Islamic relevance and I saw non except a mere mention of du’a and a mention of 50% of The Holy Qur’an in10hrs!Appalling!So,of all the wisdom of The holy Prophet,pbuh, the ocean of wisdom and Syedna Ali,the 4th Caliph,the door to wisdom and other sahabas,nothing was found worth quoting but some J Allan?Further more,this type of lecture does nothing but encourage people to be more materialistic to the detriment of the spiritual.It is the dictum of the gogetter!Research The Holy Qur’an,sira and literature of Islam etc and you will see we have what we need to succeed the ways.Endeavor to remind Muslims how the best and most successful human being ever,The Prophet,pbuh,lived.Quote more from our sources before looking elsewhere. Bissalam

    • Assalam alaykum Bro Nurallah Muhammad, you discrediting this article on the basis that the writer didn’t not quote the Sahabah or included widoms of the holy prophet (SAW) is not correct. If you want you can read the stories of the sahabah etc on your own. But I do believe this article and website appeals not only to muslims but also to newly converts and non muslims as well because of the style of the contributors.Instead of critizing negatively you can also come up with such an article. This a site for being productive the Islamic way not a site for Islamic studies. Maasalam.

      • Walaikum salam. Thank you maliya Hollande. I appreciate your insightful comment and response. I agree with you and I know that there are many who are new to the deen :)

    • Dear Brother Nurullah,
      I trust my comment will find you in best spiritual health. You are right, the greatest source of productivity for us lies in our own texts, principally the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Holy prophet. It is however disconcerting that you were most discouraged by the article. Maybe you read this article i isolation of the first two (part 1 and 2) in which he had quoted significantly from the Qu’ran? I figured our brother Thurein has just started an interesting series on productive thinking. Nevertheless, i am sure he has taken note of your comment and will capture more relevant quotes from our sources before mainstreaming others. I assume it is best practices when quoting to seek support for our forms of speeches (including writing) we first find reference in the Qur’an, followed by Prophetic sayings/actions and then the sayings/doings of the Companions, Followers and renowned Islamic writers. However, it is also instructive to include other sources in as far as it supports the articles. Even in most inspirational discourses (save for the materialistic ones!), if one digs deeper, you will be awe stuck by how much they have borrowed from us and peddle as their own originality. Keep it up Thurin Win and hopefully in the remaining 4 articles we will see more of our sources.

      • Masha Allah brother for the wonderful clarification to brother Nurallah.
        You remind me this hadith:
        “Wisdom is the goal of every believer, wherever he finds it he is most deserving of it.”

      • Thank you br Mahamoud, A. Haji, for your insight and explanation :) I definitely understood where Dr Nurullah is coming from and his concerns.
        I thank you for your suggestion and for the way in which you impart that advice :)

  2. Jazakallah, subhanallah..i learnt soooo muchh from this..extremely beneficial..definitely worth reading and spreading widely. Keep up writing such extremely beneficial articles for His sake alone! Thanks a lot..May Allah assist us to implement and apply all these productivity rules always with ease. Aameen.

    • Salam Assim, I trust that you’ll Blow Your Own Mind by applying what you’ve learned and see what you can accomplish with correct intention and hard work, InshaAllah :)
      I agree with you. We learn different lessons from different places if we are open minded to look for distinctions and different points of view.

  3. Jazak’Allahu Khair for the amazing article. May Allah make me benefit from every bit of it and may He make us of those who use all that we learn to strive and work for especially our Akhirah.Ameen.

    • Salam Bint Adam, wa iyakum. Well said. Ameen and ameen!
      “That no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another. That man can have nothing but what he strives for. That (the fruit of) his striving will soon come in sight. Then will he be rewarded with a reward complete. That to your Lord is the final Goal.”

  4. Jazakom Allah Kol Kher …. But it will be great if u make article about priorities , as for we for sure know little , and no know one can ever know everything and every skill , we need you to write about how to decide what is more beneficial to us , so we choose the skills to learn ….

  5. Dear Thurein Win,
    Another good article from you and may Allah bless you. However, Dr Nurallah has a point in spicing our articles with relevant quotes from the Qur’an and Hadeeth. One will be amazed at their wide applicability in all situations. For instance in the 4 steps you outlined above in learning something new, our own islamic scholars ( i do not have specifics for now) have also categorised the same stages in a similar fashion with slight variations and with a 5th stage involving propagation (da’wah) to benefit mankind. If we delve deeper when researching our articles (i have seen excellent ones in previous Productive Muslim articles) we will definitely find appropriate Islamic text to ground the work. The other day, i watched a TED show on approaching stress positively and the lady mentioned that finding meaning in what we do will motivate us to excel in doing otherwise stressful things. Do Muslims need do we have this meaning this meaning in whatever Halaal we do? Your guess is as good as mine. The bottom line is that knowledge is the lost property of the Believer and Western thinkers simply repackage our glorious heritage in their own way and then sell to us as an original product! Nevertheless, your articles are beneficial and only need retweeking to fit into our Islamiic context.

    • @Abid – Glad you liked Br. Thurein’s article! Just wanted to let you know that parts 4 & 5 have already been published. They’re linked to in the article above (see first line).

  6. Oh, didn’t see it there. JZK. You might want to add links to the other parts at the bottom of part 1 as well. I only saw part 2 and 3 there and assumed part 4 and 5 weren’t done. :)

    • Ah, thanks for bringing that to our attention. We’d posted links to all the other parts after the first paragraph in Part 1, but only had links to parts 2 and 3 at the end of it. Just updated that. JazakAllah khair!