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Ever wondered if there's a practical way to lead a productive lifestyle that combines the best of Islamic tradition and modern psychology and science? In "The ProductiveMuslim" Mohammed Faris, the founder of ProductiveMuslim[dot]com, provides this practical framework that helps urban global Muslims lead a productive lifestyle ­ Spiritually, Physically, and Socially. Ever wondered if there's a practical way to lead a productive lifestyle that combines the best of Islamic tradition and modern psychology and science? In "The ProductiveMuslim" Mohammed Faris, the founder of ProductiveMuslim[dot]com, provides this practical framework that helps urban global Muslims lead a productive lifestyle ­ Spiritually, Physically, and Socially.


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Ever wondered if there's a practical way to lead a productive lifestyle that combines the best of Islamic tradition and modern psychology and science? In "The ProductiveMuslim" Mohammed Faris, the founder of ProductiveMuslim[dot]com, provides this practical framework that helps urban global Muslims lead a productive lifestyle ­ Spiritually, Physically, and Socially. Ever wondered if there's a practical way to lead a productive lifestyle that combines the best of Islamic tradition and modern psychology and science? In "The ProductiveMuslim" Mohammed Faris, the founder of ProductiveMuslim[dot]com, provides this practical framework that helps urban global Muslims lead a productive lifestyle ­ Spiritually, Physically, and Socially.

30 review for The Productive Muslim: Where Faith Meets Productivity

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nurul Suhadah

    I heard about Mohammed Faris when he visited Malaysia last 3 or 4 years ago. Make an attempt to buy a productive muslim planner but then cancelled due to the price. I start reading this book with a little bit skeptical, maybe it is just another self help books that i rarely reads nowadays. But its turn out to be different. It is not just 'islamic' self help book but come along with the new spirit in explaning the terms and give you a new perspectives towards productivity. The ability of the author I heard about Mohammed Faris when he visited Malaysia last 3 or 4 years ago. Make an attempt to buy a productive muslim planner but then cancelled due to the price. I start reading this book with a little bit skeptical, maybe it is just another self help books that i rarely reads nowadays. But its turn out to be different. It is not just 'islamic' self help book but come along with the new spirit in explaning the terms and give you a new perspectives towards productivity. The ability of the author to connect Islam with productivity is excellent. This is the unic or 'wow' factor of this book. I like the way he present the idea supported with hadith and great quotes from Al Ghazali, Ibn Qayyim and etc. My favorite chapter in this book is Chapeter Three, Spiritual Productivity. He explained a new understanding of energy, focus and time from a spiritual perspective. 1. Spiritual Energy This is the energy you get from being close to Allah. The closer you are, the more energy you will have. It's a form of "extra" strength in your body, when you adhere to His commands and follow the guidance of His Prophets SAW. Some call it motivation but he call it spiritual energy. It becomes a driver for us to achieve unimaginable things. 2. Spiritual Focus This is the ability to focus on what's truly important in life, especially in relation to the Hereafter. We are not distracted by the dazzles of wordly life but are focused on a higher purpose and greater reward. 3. Spiritual Time This is the "extra" time we seem to get to do things other people barely have time to do. We seem to have more than 24 hours a day and achieve so much in so little time. Think of our Prophet Muhammad SAW achieving so much in such little 23 years. What the effect of tapping into spiritual energy, focus and time? The answer is in one word : BARAKAH! I also like the last chapter, Productivity after death!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ekmel

    "Sometimes life won't treat you the way you want it to treat you, or go according to plan. You should accept Allah's decree and be fruitful and productive where you are. And what's more important than being productive and achieving big dreams and aspirations is Allah accepting your achievements and putting it on your scales on the Day of Judgment". This is something to ponder as we work tirelessly to lead productive lives. İt's not our hard work and achievements that matter, but our sincerely an "Sometimes life won't treat you the way you want it to treat you, or go according to plan. You should accept Allah's decree and be fruitful and productive where you are. And what's more important than being productive and achieving big dreams and aspirations is Allah accepting your achievements and putting it on your scales on the Day of Judgment". This is something to ponder as we work tirelessly to lead productive lives. İt's not our hard work and achievements that matter, but our sincerely and whether Allah accepts it from us. This is not a call to relax, it's actually a call to work even harder, in hope that perhaps one productive deed you do is accepted by Allah and makes all your productivity worthwhile.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Asma

    I'm not a fan of self-help book since most of them contain quite common sense things, or they are boring or monotonous to  read. This book was surprisingly great. You may already know many  things mentioned in this book, but it is still worth reading since all of these things are effectively explained and organized here. If you want to read only one self-help book (without being preachy), read this one! The structure of the book is very accessible and easy to follow, it's tone is casual.(not like I'm not a fan of self-help book since most of them contain quite common sense things, or they are boring or monotonous to  read. This book was surprisingly great. You may already know many  things mentioned in this book, but it is still worth reading since all of these things are effectively explained and organized here. If you want to read only one self-help book (without being preachy), read this one! The structure of the book is very accessible and easy to follow, it's tone is casual.(not like a textbook) We have Qur'an, Hadith and Sunnah references, and how can we benefit from them in modern world and be productive. At the end of each section, clear and tabulated “Practical tips” , summary points and flow charts are given which provide a very good overview of the topic. I have written brief overview of this book, so you can have an idea what kind of book is this. So, the author starts by defining productivity: Productivity= focus × energy × time (towards a beneficial goal) Productivity is not about being busy, It’s not boring, It’s not an event and you can’t always be productive. In 2nd chapter, he connects Islam with productivity and what really is the Islamic paradigm of productivity. He talks about 1) Purpose-driven productivity 2) Value-driven productivity 3) Soul-guided productivity In the next chapters, he examines the role of focus, energy and  time in three major spheres of our lives: the spiritual, physical and social. The 3rd chapter is about Spiritual Productivity which describes how spirituality can boost our productivity. It includes : 1) spiritual energy : This is the energy you gain by being close to Allah. In this section, the author explores how some Islamic concepts are a source of barakah can expand our spiritual energy. It can be achieved through Taqwa ( having consciousness of Allah), Tawwaqul ( having trust in Allah), Shukr ( Gratitude), Sabr (patience), Ihsan ( Excellence) . The author has splendidly explained how we can make our Salah better and focused. 2) Spiritual time : This is the “extra time” you seem to get to do things other people barely have time to do. In this section, the author explains the importance of time in the light of Qur'an and  Hadith. •learn to appreciate the value of time , don’t delay things, and keep track of your time. •Develop a sense of urgency; don't think you've got plenty of time. He also explains that we should invest time in worshipping Allah since He has right over our time. 3) Spiritual focus: This is the ability to focus on what’s truly important in life, in regard to hereafter.  In this section, author emphasizes on the important of “ clarity of intention " in everything and every task so we don’t end up wasting our time. He suggests creating an “intention journal” to have a clear purpose for doing everything.   Chapter four is about Physical Productivity , in which author focuses on Physical energy, Sleep management, Nutrition management and Fitness Management. Sleep management: The author discusses how we can optimise sleep to boost our energy. He explains spiritual and  physical solutions to sleep , Sleep cycles, and power naps. some important points mentioned in this section include: •Making ablution, praying, making du'a(supplication) before sleep. •Sleep hygiene factors such as avoiding caffeine, heavy meals, device screens and doing journaling etc. •Stages and calculation of sleep cycle, taking short naps during the day to improve performance. •Social solutions to sleep such as forgiving others, resolving emotional conflicts. And then, author gives some other useful tips to train your brain to wake up at a certain time each day without feeling tired. Nutrition and Fitness management: Now, most of us are aware of the importance of nutrition and fitness to stay active and productive, still it is often neglected. Feeling tired and lethargic maybe due to your diet. Some important points discussed about these topics: •Considering food as a blessing of Allah  •contemplating how our food got to us. •Sharing food with others, eating with people who are health-conscious. •Doing  body and brain exercises, adding movements to life. •Suggestions about how often one should exercise. And finally , exercise without proper nutrition and sleep will not be beneficial. Physical and Mental Focus In today’s distracted world, focus has become a rare commodity. •Disconnecting and unplugging yourself from outside world, finding solitude zone. •De-cluttering mind, thoughts, place, desktop. •M.I.T technique, choosing three most important tasks first. •Storing all information in their relevant places. •Having clear routine for morning, evening, and time you are most likely to waste. •Using productivity  heatmap to understand your energy levels during the day. •Methods to beat procrastination, using promodoro technique. Chapter 5  is all about Social Productivity: This section includes Social Energy, Social Focus, Social Time and how we can be socially productive. •Getting in touch with friends, family and neighbours. •Sharing your skills via volunteering and teaching. •Sincerity, professionalism, and hard work are key elements in sustaining social efforts. Chapter six is about linking productivity to your goals and vision, important points discussed in this section are: •Finding purpose in life, striving to maximise your reward in Hereafter. •Having reasonable, balanced goals in every aspect of life. -]•Thinking about roles you have to play in your life. Chapter seven is about Developing Productive Habits: The author discusses the habit loop, breaking and replacing habits. Then, seven  daily spirituality habits are mentioned to boost productivity. In next chapter, Ramadan Productivity is discussed, and how fasting helps to break bad habits, Improves concentration and focus, and ultimately productivity tips for productive fast and its benefits are mentioned too. Then we have last chapter on Productivity after death, which can be attained through investing in your children, giving charity, teaching others, investing in yourself, learning beneficial knowledge and leaving a legacy behind. Can't think of anything bad about this book, so five stars!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Abu Kamdar

    One of the best books of productivity I have read. Highly recommended for all Muslims. read my full book review here: http://www.islamicselfhelp.com/2016/1... One of the best books of productivity I have read. Highly recommended for all Muslims. read my full book review here: http://www.islamicselfhelp.com/2016/1...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rida

    Really enjoyed this book! It felt a bit overwhelming at first given the sheer volume of information being thrown at you but Faris writes concisely and with a clear focus that he returns to throughout the book, which feels centring. There’s probably a lot of info that’s well known but regardless there’s lots of research to back up the points, taken from very well known books/sources but the continued reinforcement of how our ability to be productive lies within Islam, our duties as Muslim, was we Really enjoyed this book! It felt a bit overwhelming at first given the sheer volume of information being thrown at you but Faris writes concisely and with a clear focus that he returns to throughout the book, which feels centring. There’s probably a lot of info that’s well known but regardless there’s lots of research to back up the points, taken from very well known books/sources but the continued reinforcement of how our ability to be productive lies within Islam, our duties as Muslim, was well laid out. One thing that makes this book stands out is the clear signposting of practical tips as takeaways, visual diagrams to consolidate what’s been said which I will definitely come back to in the future!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Md Monwar Hossain Jony

    It is an excellent book. Every Muslim should read this book and apply it to their life and share it with their family and friends. Let us live truly productive lives InshaAllah!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nasim Talukder

    Very good book for time management.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Narmeen

    Consider this a 5 star rating. I only took the 1 star away because I overwhelmed myself with some of the thoughts in here that led me down a path of anxiety. However, the sunnah reflections did help me combat some of that anxiety away. This is an excellent book with practical and wise tips! This is also a well researched book and I appreciate that. I find myself using almost 90% of the tips in here. This book is a great example of what Islam teaches us to do. A perfect balance between Dunya and A Consider this a 5 star rating. I only took the 1 star away because I overwhelmed myself with some of the thoughts in here that led me down a path of anxiety. However, the sunnah reflections did help me combat some of that anxiety away. This is an excellent book with practical and wise tips! This is also a well researched book and I appreciate that. I find myself using almost 90% of the tips in here. This book is a great example of what Islam teaches us to do. A perfect balance between Dunya and Akhira. This reminds me of a quote by Sh. Humza Yusuf "Accept dunya for what it is, look at people as if they were perfect and consider imperfection to be their nature". Dunya is an imperfect vessel that we get so utterly sucked into thinking that this life is the ultimate perfection we seek. This book changes that kind of thinking. It suggests we change the intentions of our worldly practices from doing it for the sake of Dunya to doing it for Allah. This practice really does add a special drive to my days and ultimate purpose. I had already begun my "productive journey" since doing a course with Sh. Muhammad Alshareef. He made me realize that majority of our Duas are waiting to be completed we need only start taking the actions into achieving those goals. I can attest that these tips alongside Mohammed Fares' spiritual energy advice on starting your day after Fajr with Doha and Quran, definitely does add barakah in my time. My favourite sections were the sleep management and changing habits one. I have been noticing what a completed sleep cycle feels like since and I resonate deeply with the "TRIGGER-->ROUTINE-->REWARD" habit cycle. That's me with unhealthy eating habits, a coping mechanism for feeling "bored, unproductive or sad". Always seeking the high that comes with eating something tasty. My biggest takeaway from this book is the relationship assesment exercise. He suggests we take our relationships as a daughter, mother, sister, volunteer, employee, neighbor, etc and rate them. This means we don’t ask the people we have these relationships with how they would rate them but rather our own assesment of them so we can see the areas we think need improvement on. I love this concept it holds me accountable to being generous and kind with my time and attitude to those that matter to me in my growth as a Muslim. A 5/5 book for Muslims seeking to up their productivity game. I highly recommend!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Asim Qureshi

    I have to admit, I'm not a fan of self-help books. They mostly seem to be common sense and so after reading two or three (and admittedly picking up a couple of useful tips) I resorted to figuring my own systems out through discussions with friends. I just finished listening to the Audible audio version of this book, and I was pleasantly surprised. It sits somewhere between self-help and a religious reminder, but is very contemporary and well put together. The tips I'm afraid were not new to me, I have to admit, I'm not a fan of self-help books. They mostly seem to be common sense and so after reading two or three (and admittedly picking up a couple of useful tips) I resorted to figuring my own systems out through discussions with friends. I just finished listening to the Audible audio version of this book, and I was pleasantly surprised. It sits somewhere between self-help and a religious reminder, but is very contemporary and well put together. The tips I'm afraid were not new to me, but I really enjoyed the aspect of Faris connecting his theories of productivity to his spirituality, a refreshing perspective for the Muslim looking to be both conscious of obligations that are in two worlds. Faris is easy to listen to, so it is worth listening to if you are familiar with self-help ideas and tools. If you are not, then I recommend buying the paperback and studying the book instead.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janice Nawal

    I generally hate self help books, however, this book is easy to read and analyses other guru books and offers the most basic solutions to be productive. I will definitely refer to it from time to time , especially matters concerned with sleep.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Naureen Khanam

    The book is very brief and concise. I liked all the summarized figure at the end of each chapter that is helpful to revise for future as well. I have been reading a lot of self-development books, but always had this feeling of lack of spirituality in those methods described in those books, which indeed an integral part of my life. But this book is quite helpful for me in that regard, I was already exercising some of the things in my daily life, and I started trying some others and it seems quite The book is very brief and concise. I liked all the summarized figure at the end of each chapter that is helpful to revise for future as well. I have been reading a lot of self-development books, but always had this feeling of lack of spirituality in those methods described in those books, which indeed an integral part of my life. But this book is quite helpful for me in that regard, I was already exercising some of the things in my daily life, and I started trying some others and it seems quite helpful . May Allah accept the effort of the author and his team.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ain

    Reading the malay version. It is a bit wordy for me. But i like the practical tips given in end of each topic. Hoping I will be more productive and istiqamah 💪

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fahmida Ahmed

    "However, sometimes life won't treat you the way you want it to treat you, or go according to your plan. You should accept Allah's decree and be fruitful and productive where you are. And what's more important than being productive and achieving big dreams and aspirations is Allah accepting your achievement and putting it on your scales on the Day of Judgement." I never found any productive book this amazing. The writer connect productivity and Islam very nicely. A must read book. "However, sometimes life won't treat you the way you want it to treat you, or go according to your plan. You should accept Allah's decree and be fruitful and productive where you are. And what's more important than being productive and achieving big dreams and aspirations is Allah accepting your achievement and putting it on your scales on the Day of Judgement." I never found any productive book this amazing. The writer connect productivity and Islam very nicely. A must read book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Naj G

    First I would like to say that I really enjoyed reading this book ! I have read the authors blog / Fb page and I really enjoyed productive muslim's Ramadan's calendars, Therefore I was really excited when I got it. like many self improvement books that talk about productivity and tips about how to be productive through your day/months/ years , However this book is targeted towards Muslims mixing the concept of productivity and Faith. The book explains productivity, how to be productive in diffe First I would like to say that I really enjoyed reading this book ! I have read the authors blog / Fb page and I really enjoyed productive muslim's Ramadan's calendars, Therefore I was really excited when I got it. like many self improvement books that talk about productivity and tips about how to be productive through your day/months/ years , However this book is targeted towards Muslims mixing the concept of productivity and Faith. The book explains productivity, how to be productive in different aspects of your daily life with respect to " work , body , mind and soul " in addition to how to also work and be productive for your Akhera " the afterlife " which is an important goal among Muslims. I really loved the organization of the book , It was an easy read, the ideas were well presented. I liked how they presented doodles and diagrams at the end of every chapter as a summary. I admire how the author addressed some misconceptions that are common among some Muslims which affect in their productivity and e.g " not differentiating between Dunia and Hayat al Dunia". In short the book provided what it promised in it's description and title.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wulan Suci Maria

    In one of my conversation to a friend about Islam, she was amazed by the fact that muslims pray 5x a day (and some even pray more than 5x). She was wondering, how is it possible to manage life necessity whilst keeping up with the prayers. For her, Muslim’s life is very complicated with all the prayer, fasting, rules, etc. I was stunned with her statement- which was understandable for her to response that way, just that I really never thought the way she thought. I said to her, I am also surprise In one of my conversation to a friend about Islam, she was amazed by the fact that muslims pray 5x a day (and some even pray more than 5x). She was wondering, how is it possible to manage life necessity whilst keeping up with the prayers. For her, Muslim’s life is very complicated with all the prayer, fasting, rules, etc. I was stunned with her statement- which was understandable for her to response that way, just that I really never thought the way she thought. I said to her, I am also surprised with your reaction, because I really don’t feel my life is complicated with all of these. Ah if only, I have read this book at that time, I could have given her wiser response. After reading this book, I realize that faith tie closely with productivity, the stronger the faith the higher productivity will be. Productivity doesn’t equal to busy. Productivity is to produce things that will be beneficial for others/society. All the prayers, fasting, etc were designed to keep our energy up and stretch us to be productive. There is science behind, and it is explained in this book. Great to read then reflect, for more productive year ahead!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hamna

    This book was amazing. It really helped put everything into perspective for me and motivated me to take charge and change my life. There are many self help or productivity books but the full effect can’t be felt because it feels as though those writers “don’t get it” but when the book is for a muslim by a muslim and takes into account potential hindrances and knows what will truly motivate us, it is way more effective. I really do recommend this for anyone who identifies with this faith in any w This book was amazing. It really helped put everything into perspective for me and motivated me to take charge and change my life. There are many self help or productivity books but the full effect can’t be felt because it feels as though those writers “don’t get it” but when the book is for a muslim by a muslim and takes into account potential hindrances and knows what will truly motivate us, it is way more effective. I really do recommend this for anyone who identifies with this faith in any way or anyone looking to be productive in general

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shna

    The book was interesting and I enjoyed reading it. It also had many good and practical tips, but it didn’t go that deep into them. A nice book to refresh our beliefs and remember some daily tips that we may have forgotten, but also a good book to start with, and to then after reading go deeper and learn more ourselves. ☺️ I really did appreciate the diagrams and summaries at the end of each chapter.

  18. 4 out of 5

    hernameisimane

    Would have liked to be able to give it more stars. Though I understand where the author is coming from, and though some parts of it are very enlightening (for which I thank the author), I still have a difficult time working around self-help books focused on productivity - and the idea of faith and my relationship to God being entangled with that is quite rebutting. Also it's sometimes quite wordy for no reason Would have liked to be able to give it more stars. Though I understand where the author is coming from, and though some parts of it are very enlightening (for which I thank the author), I still have a difficult time working around self-help books focused on productivity - and the idea of faith and my relationship to God being entangled with that is quite rebutting. Also it's sometimes quite wordy for no reason

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zafar Hussain

    A must read for anyone who wants to be physically and spiritually productivity.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mike Jahans

    Incredibly helpful book for any Muslim who wishes to improve their life and connection with Allah (SWT) while getting more work done in this life

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mahima

    # Notes 1. **Purpose-led productivity** 1. To be a slave of Allah (everything you do has a higher purpose) 2. To be a vicegerent on Earth (you have responsibilities; a duty of care) 2. **Salah** 1. Plan your schedule around salah 2. Always be in a state of wudhu 3. **Sadaqah** 1. Either through giving regularly to charity 2. Or through voluntary acts 3. Or through keeping your finger on the pulse of the community by being a very active participant 4. **Sunnah of the Prophet pbuh in day-to-day activi # Notes 1. **Purpose-led productivity** 1. To be a slave of Allah (everything you do has a higher purpose) 2. To be a vicegerent on Earth (you have responsibilities; a duty of care) 2. **Salah** 1. Plan your schedule around salah 2. Always be in a state of wudhu 3. **Sadaqah** 1. Either through giving regularly to charity 2. Or through voluntary acts 3. Or through keeping your finger on the pulse of the community by being a very active participant 4. **Sunnah of the Prophet pbuh in day-to-day activities** 1. Eat with your right hand 2. Sleep on the right hand side 3. Use the siwak 4. Compile a list of the daily actions of the Prophet pbuh and make them into habits 5. **Practice morning and evening dhikr** 6. **Intentions** 1. Create an 'intentions' journal: Write down your intentions for your goals (i.e. impossible list) and review regularly 2. Alongside your to-do list write down why you're doing this specific task (and connect it to serving Allah) 7. **Make istikhara a habit** 8. **Time** 1. Perform a spiritual time audit and see how you can increase that time 9. **Tahajjud** 1. Perform tahajjud every night 2. Avoid over-eating and over-drinking especially before bed 3. Take the afternoon nap 10. **Before sleep** 1. Perform wudhu' 2. Pray the night prayer (and/or witr) 3. Recite the duas before sleep (see Fortress of the Muslim) 11. **After sleep** 1. Duas from Fortress 2. Recite last ten verses of Surah al-Imran 3. Make wudhu' 12. **Physical solutions to sleep** 1. Exercise regularly (30 mins, 3 or 4 times a week - in the morning or afternoon) 2. Do not eat within 3 hours of sleep 3. Cut off caffeine after 3pm 4. Avoid device screens 1 hour before bed 5. Do light reading before bed 6. Do journalling before bed 7. Go into the sun at least once a day 13. **Food** 1. Fast Mondays and Thursdays 2. Keep a food diary 3. Always carry healthy snacks 4. Drink 2L of water a day 14. **Exercise** 1. Get a Fitbit watch 2. Sign up for a weekly sport 15. **Focus** 1. Disconnect time - set one in the morning, one after you come home from uni/work, and one for before sleeping where you don't check social media or emails 2. Solitude time - sign up for itikaaf at the mosque for Ramadan 3. Unplug regularly (airplane mode, stop all notifications, turn off laptop and phone) 4. Regularly declutter your space (workspace and general home), drive/notion, files etc 5. Practice MITs in the morning 6. Hold a time audit: track what you do every 20 minutes to an hour for three days to a week, RescueTime for the laptop, Moment for the phone 1. Cut down time wasters 2. Have a clear routine for the time you are most likely to waste 16. **Free Time** 1. Carry a book with you (or on your phone) 2. Listen to audiobooks or educational podcasts 3. Do dhikr 17. **Productivity Heat Map** 1. Make a productivity heat map with your time audit - have a key for different levels of productivity (sleep, low, mid, high) and do it for a week every season 2. Assign high-effort/low-effort tasks accordingly 18. **Schedule** 1. Schedule salah time first 2. Block off time for appointments and meetings 3. Schedule nap, sleep, meal, family and exercise time 4. Schedule daily tasks for long-term goals 5. Schedule tasks for FSRWBSSWW 6. Schedule tasks that take more effort earlier in the day 7. Have a 15-30 min buffer between tasks 19. **Social Energy** 1. Have regular meet-ups with your loved ones 2. Reconnect with estranged family members 20. **Social Focus** 1. Find your passion and define it clearly 2. Develop skills in your area of interest 3. Share your skills via teaching or volunteering 21. **Social Time** 1. List all the roles you currently play in your life 2. On a scale of 1-10 score yourself on how well you're performing in each of the roles 3. Consult a scholar or someone learned to define the minimum performance level for each role 4. Make sure you balance your time so that you don't go below this minimum 22. **Project Tips** 1. Keep your focus on Allah - intend to do it to solely serve Allah through it 2. Have a vision - a clear message that can be broken down into annual or monthly goals 3. Think BIG, start small - really believe that your little project will one day be the benchmark for Muslims worldwide 4. 5 is worth 20 (team members) 5. Build a structure - have well-defined roles for your team, responsibilities and decisions - and review after a year 6. Have sincere intentions and work hard - leave the outcome to Allah 7. Seek advice and heed advice 8. Istikhara, duha prayer, pray two-rakah before every event, meeting or function, and wudhu at all times 9. Don't compromise on quality - set high standards from the beginning 10. Be professional 11. Send thank you cards (especially around Eid time) 12. Networking lunch - meet whoever will benefit from your project for brunch/lunch every week (and pay for the lunch) 13. One on one feedback - 30min weekly meeting with each member of your team 1. first 10 minutes ask for updates, next ten you give them updates, and then plan for the following week in the last ten minutes 2. ALWAYS GIVE FEEDBACK 14. Weekly review - every week schedule a two hour time-slot with yourself thinking about how you can improve your project 15. The daily review - an hour to review the project needs for that day or the days to come 23. **Linking Productivity to Goals & Vision** 1. Purpose - how does everything you do link to worshipping Allah? 2. Vision - increase social productivity until you find your and/or write down a 'working' vision 3. Connect your roles to your purpose and vision 1. Consider how each role can serve your vision 2. Consider what your vision is for each role 4. What are your values? What are three words you'd associate with yourself? What would you like to be known for? 5. Map out your goals in a table: your first two columns should be clear, but the rest is subject to change. Review your goals every three months. [The Ultimate Goal Planner](https://www.notion.so/0d71047b48344e9...) 6. Take your first two columns and turn them into weekly and daily tasks 24. **Habit Formation** 1. 30-day challenge, focusing on one habit at a time (and keeping it up after 30 days) 2. Cracking the loop through manipulating the trigger-routine-reward loop (i.e. shower and brush teeth as a natural consequence of going to the loo in the morning, feeling refreshed afterwards being the reward) 3. Replacement theory - replacing bad habits with a new one that brings on a similar trigger-routine-reward loop (i.e. how Thomas Frank stopped drinking soda by switching to flavoured carbonated water) 25. **Willpower** 1. Remind yourself of your intention for the task 2. Make dua 26. **Seven Daily Spiritual Habits** 1. Pray the sunnah prayers 2. Remembrance of Allah after salah 3. Morning and evening dhikr 4. Night prayer 5. Duha prayer 6. Supplications before you sleep 7. Recite 30 mins of Qur'an each day 27. **Ramadan** 1. You can use Ramadan to break bad habits 2. Build the habit of fasting into your life - Mondays and Thursdays, the White Days 3. Pick 3 MITs and focus on getting them done as soon as possible in the day so that you're still productive even when your energy wanes (and even when you spend the night in ibadah) ## Reading List 1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey 2. The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History by Michael Hart 3. Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields 4. al-Wabil al-Sayib by Ibn al-Qayyim 5. Healing Body & Soul by Amira Ayad 6. Dua: Weapon of the Believer by Yasir Qadhi 7. Working Out Sucks by Chuck Runyon 8. Spark: The New Science of Exercise and the Brain 9. Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman 10. al-Fawaid by Ibn al-Qayyim 11. Getting Things Done by David Allen 12. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam 13. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield 14. The Magic of Thinking BIG by David Schwartz 15. The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amirah Maliki

    Love the fact that it gives practical advices, and realistic steps to be taken and always reminding us to relate everything to akhira and our real purpose and end goals. This book is quite holistic in all aspects of life. Love it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Atiqah

    This a re-read of a book that was gifted to me by a friend back in 2017. It was so nice of her because at that time the book wasn’t available yet in Brunei or nearby areas. Since then, this book has become a loyal companion that I’ve actually leafed through multiple times and oft recommended and lent to both family, friends and acquaintances. So when 2021 rolled in with an air of hope mingled with uncertainty, and coincidentally someone had reached out for a proper review about the book, it felt This a re-read of a book that was gifted to me by a friend back in 2017. It was so nice of her because at that time the book wasn’t available yet in Brunei or nearby areas. Since then, this book has become a loyal companion that I’ve actually leafed through multiple times and oft recommended and lent to both family, friends and acquaintances. So when 2021 rolled in with an air of hope mingled with uncertainty, and coincidentally someone had reached out for a proper review about the book, it felt like it was the best time for me to revisit this old friend. For the most part, this is what I would consider an “easy-read” especially when you’re starting out on re/learning about Islam and how to be a productive muslim (as per title). This for me, is due to the easy-to-understand, more colloquial language and also for the fact that the writer doesn’t sound preachy to me. Multiple explanation/research of an ‘ibadah was linked to “Western” scientific literature, which I appreciated and took as one of the ways for the author to bridge the gap between what people would perceive as “Religion” and “Secular Thinking”. In particular, I really like that the author provided the perspective of making daily ritual ‘ibadahs more intrinsically motivating by explaining them. A favourite example would be Salah being a needed routine that provides structure that should be the foundation of our time management on a day-to-day basis and Wudhu/Ablution as a way of “prepping our intentions”. I also wrote in my notes that I really appreciated the practical tips – even after multiple reads over the course of a few years, I still end up having the “oh!! aha!!” moment for every other tip. The steps were doable in a sense, not too vague yet not too rigid that could overwhelm. Another aspect I appreciated was when he would bring up possible common arguments in which he politely and with grace, gave a proper counter-argument. On a similar tone, he also brought up one’s personal hesitance on a particular subject/topic, and gave the readers comfort, support and possible solutions. Of course, no book is perfect, this included. For me, some of the information or arguments does sound repetitive, but it may as well be for a targeted audience i.e. for those who doesn’t read a book from cover to cover on the first go, but jumping chapter to chapter according to their curiosity/current experiences in their lives. Take it as you will. My favourite subjects would always be on Intentions, Ramadhan and Death. I can see that I would read this again in the coming future. Highly recommended.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Arsalan Khan

    This is something that is sorely needed in the muslim world. Too often some of us try to go to non Islamic sources for self help books like the 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' as an example. But with this book I can safely say we have something that muslims can fall back on. So what makes this unique from an Islamic perspective? The simple answer is a lot of the tips that we see here are derived from the Quran, sunnah along with some excerpts from classical sources. But it is not simply This is something that is sorely needed in the muslim world. Too often some of us try to go to non Islamic sources for self help books like the 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' as an example. But with this book I can safely say we have something that muslims can fall back on. So what makes this unique from an Islamic perspective? The simple answer is a lot of the tips that we see here are derived from the Quran, sunnah along with some excerpts from classical sources. But it is not simply that. It backs up the Prophetic routine with modern research and examples to tell us its authenticity in modern times where doubts are usually cast over the religious practicality. Of course there are purely spiritual elements involved as well and that was given. Not only that the book also takes note of modern productivity principles that can aid us in our everyday life. One of the most important distinction the book makes compared to its secular counter parts that it specifically defines success from a spiritual and akhirah point of view which others tend to brush off as something subjective. Now this does not simply mean that it just tells you to do the obvious which is obligated on every muslim to do, to be productive and that should be the end goal. Instead it tells us to continue with our ambitions and goals but aligning their intention and if need be, their direction, to serve the ummah so that our work itself becomes a prayer (in a way). I wish that for some of the more technical aspects or where it gives us free resources to us in aiding our productivity it may use more elaborate examples. But I feel it is a good way for the book to entice us to visit the Productive Muslim blog, which in itself is a great resource to take advantage of. Overall this was a good read. I would also like to mention though I am primarily a Kindle reader, I ordered a hardcopy, so it is a good reference to fall back on time to time for quick reference for me, my family and for my friends who would like to borrow it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Neeza Zaini

    I love that each and every chapter, this book will emphasised on the purpose of productivity (not just in spiritual but overall) is to seek the pleasure of Allah and to maximise our rewards in the hereafter. The question is NOT 'what is the purpose of life?' BUT rather 'What's MY purpose in life?' 'What's MY specific contribution?' 'What's MY productivity going to serve in this life and hereafter?' And being a productive muslim is not looking on what you do or achieve in life. What matter more is if I love that each and every chapter, this book will emphasised on the purpose of productivity (not just in spiritual but overall) is to seek the pleasure of Allah and to maximise our rewards in the hereafter. The question is NOT 'what is the purpose of life?' BUT rather 'What's MY purpose in life?' 'What's MY specific contribution?' 'What's MY productivity going to serve in this life and hereafter?' And being a productive muslim is not looking on what you do or achieve in life. What matter more is if Allah accepts it or not. Such a good book. I took quite sometime to finish it as I want to read it slow to absorb the ilm. Alhamdullillah, may Allah rewards the writer abundantly.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Bender

    I absolutely adored this book! I started off a bit skeptical, but after day 2 of reading, I was waking up 30 minutes before fajr AND staying awake for Quranic study. This book has fabulous recommendations for practical implementation supported by a near perfect combination of religious reasoning and modern science evidence. I actually intend to go through all my highlights tomorrow and jot them down so I can reference all this wisdom even more quickly. I highly recommend this book to everyone! J I absolutely adored this book! I started off a bit skeptical, but after day 2 of reading, I was waking up 30 minutes before fajr AND staying awake for Quranic study. This book has fabulous recommendations for practical implementation supported by a near perfect combination of religious reasoning and modern science evidence. I actually intend to go through all my highlights tomorrow and jot them down so I can reference all this wisdom even more quickly. I highly recommend this book to everyone! Jazak Allahu khairan to the author and all of his supporters for publishing this book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bismillah Nasir Ishfaq

    A book worth your time. Chapters on Spiritual Productivity and Productivity after Death are the most original parts of this book. Some parts of the chapter on Social Productivity are also novel. The rest is mostly productivity tips that you read in other self help books too but shared from a Muslim lifestyle perspective. The summary charts shared at the end of each chapter are useful. Overall 4/5. Recommended. JazakAllah kher to Mohammad Faris for writing this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ku Nurasyiqin

    One of the things that I love in this book is the way the author emphasizes that productivity can be attained throughout our lives in practical examples. Important concepts such as the sleep cycle is explained very well, as in sleeping and resting, we can be productive. A really good self-help book, I will use it as a guidance for goal-setting.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aysha Saifullah

    Amazing book. It has really benefitted me to become a more productive person. The practical tips and examples are especially useful. I would recommend everyone to read or even study this analytical book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abdirahman Osman

    One one my best books ever!

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