Notes from Productive Muslim seminar #2

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

I forgot to mention that I only attended the mini Productive Muslim seminar and not the full two days seminar during the weekend. Insha’Allah just letting everyone know in case you’re wondering why the notes are short.. 🙂

[Continuation from #1]

Task: From the 18 sources of Barakah as stated in #1, choose 1 source of Barakah and 3 practical ways to apply it.

Physical Productivity

  • Body Hacks
  • If you can manage your sleep, you can manage your life.
  1. Signs of Allah’s power
  2. Realization of our weakness
  3. Reminder of death/ Day of Judgement
  4. Reward to those who overcome sleep for worship [Qiyamullayl, Tahajjud, Reciting Qur’an in the early hours]

How to sleep?

Sleeping for Dunya vs Sleeping for Akhirah

Before Sleep:

  • Make Wudu’
  • Dua before sleep
‘When retiring to his bed every night, the Prophet (S) would hold his palms together, spit in them, recite the last three chapters of the Qur’aan and then wipe over his entire body as much as possible with his hands, beginning with his head and face and then all parts of the body, he would do this three times.’ [Al-Bukharee with Al-Fath 4/487]

During Sleep

  • Constant remembrance
  • Dua if you wake up middle of the night
Dua in Arabic

‘Aaishah narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (S) used to say at night if he turned during sleep:

‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, The One, Al-Qahhaar. Lord of the heavens and the Earth and all between them, The Exalted in Might, The Of-Forgiving.’

  • Dua if you can’t sleep

After sleep

  • Dua upon waking up
Dua in Arabic
‘All praise is for Allaah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the Resurrection.’ [Al-Bukharee with Al-Fath 11/113 and Muslim 4/2083]
  • First actions [Dipping your hands in water after waking up as we do not know what our hands have come into contact with]

Physical Solutions

  • Exercise to burn off stress
  • Do not eat after 8:00pm
  • No caffeine in the evenings
  • Stretch before going to bed
  • Make the room as cool as possible
  • Do light reading before bed
  • Avoid TV (or laptop, screens etc)

* Manage your sleep by working with your natural pace and not against it

* Sleep about 40 mins (naps)

* 90 – 120 mins (for each sleep cycle)

**There should be less than 4 sleep cycles or you will wake up feeling  tired.

Power naps

  • A nap of 60 mins, improve alertness by 10hours
  • 2 periods of intense sleep (2am – 4am and 1pm – 3pm)
  • If you are a morning person, then your nap time is around 1pm
  • However, if you are a night person, your nap time is at 3pm

* Cat Nap (20 mins)

*Action Nap (40 mins)

*Long Nap (90 mins)

  • Close your eyes for napping
  • Set an alarm
  • Darken room
  • Calm your body by breathing slowly/deeply
  • Quiet your mind with dhikr

Having a ‘clean heart’ before going to bed:

  1. Forgiving those who wronged you
  2. Resolving conflicts/emotional issue
  3. Do not sleep whilst angry
  4. If it’s too late to talk to people, write it down and deal with it tomorrow

Fajr to Sunrise Stay awake!

  • Early rising starts the night before
  • Have a daily routine that excites you!
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Gems from Al-Maghrib #3

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

[Extracted from Valley of Seekers Seminar: Living with the Beautiful Names of Allah]

Al-Wakeel: The Ultimate Trustee

(root: w-k-l: to appoint or entrust for the care or management of something. It also means to rely upon, confide in, lean upon, submit to). The One and only One who can be entrusted with the management and resolution of all affairs. The One who may be trusted to do better for us than we can do for ourselves.

(He Alone is) the Lord of the east and the west, La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). So take Him Alone as Wakil (Disposer of your affairs). [73:9]

Such is Allah, your Lord! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Creator of all things. So worship Him (Alone), and He is the Wakil (Trustee, Disposer of affairs, Guardian, etc.) over all things. [6:102]

Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, “Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them.” But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: “Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).” [3:173]

Signs that you are entrusting your souls to the Ultimate Trustee:

  • Remembering to live with this name during hardship
  • Being tested
  • Not indulging in prohibited acts
  • Taking actions without over-reacting
  • Delegating your affairs to the Ultimate Trustee
  1. Tawakkul not Tawaakul!
  2. Tawakkul requires training

Anas Ibn Maalik said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Whoever says – i.e., when he is leaving his house – “Bismillah, tawwakaltu ‘ala Allah, laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billah (In the Name of Allah, I put my trust in Allah, and there is no power and no strength except with Allah),” It will said to him, “You are taken care of and protected,” and the Shaytan will leave him alone.”

[Reported by At-Tirmidhi and classified as Sahih by Sheikh Al-Albani.]

Rainbow after every storm :)

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

2:164

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding. [2:164]

This picture was taken a couple of months ago when I was living in Australia. It was right after it stopped raining and we happened to be standing near this lake when we noticed the rainbow. One of my favourite pictures! Allahu Akbar!

“Compromise after marriage..”

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

One good advice which I read online recently is that: Don’t compromise before marriage; Compromise after

I think this advice is quite important to take note of especially when you are looking to get married. You might already be sure of the things you want in a marriage but when you are going through ta’aruf, sometimes you might not realize that you are compromising too much at the expense of your own happiness.

Say for example, you enjoy attending dars at masjid; perhaps that is the best class to learn Aqeedah and at the same time, it’s a golden opportunity to bond with other sisters. But the prospective spouse prefers that you remain within the confines of your home to learn the Deen instead. Being ladies, I think we are a bit too soft sometimes and when we negotiate, we might end up agreeing to his requirements which are may not be parallel to yours. To some extent, some of us might even mould our expectations of marriage around his. I’m not suggesting that we become stubborn in our decisions and refuse to allow minor differences. Instead if you view something as important in the marriage (in this case, learning your Deen at masjid) you are looking for, then stay firm on it. Marriage should not be a one sided agreement – merely accepting his requirements and dismissing yours! The husband and wife should be complementary to one another; both sharing the same goals and aspirations rather than the goals of one person.

Allahu Alam

Your thoughts?

Notes from Productive Muslim Seminar # 1

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

For those of you who are fans of Productive Muslim *cough*youknowwhoyouare*cough*, here’s the first part of the notes I jotted down during the seminar 🙂 (if there’s anything you want me to improve, let me know!)

Productivity = Focus + Energy (towards a beneficial goal)

*Towards maximizing your reward in Aakhirah

  1. Intention
  2. Action
  3. Outcome (Tawakkul)
3 Important points:
  1. Knowledge
  2. Action
  3. Consistency

Why is it important to be Productive?

  1. Path of the Messengers
  2. Key to Success
  3. Gives meaning to life
  4. Make our Prophet SAW proud

How to develop discipline?

  • Understand the Higher Purpose (to serve Allah)  + Practice, Practice, Practice  + Self-accountability (Two angels on our shoulders are watching us)
  • Do it especially when you have no mood for it
  • Be aware of “slipping points” (what is it that gives you the excuse to not do something? e.g. like forgetting to bring your gym clothes thus you won’t hit the gym for that day)
  • Dua, Dua and lots of it

3 Types of Productivity (for a Productive Muslim Lifestyle)

  • Spiritual productivity
  • Social Productivity
  • Physical Productivity

Spiritual Productivity

  • Barakah (attachment of Divine Goodness to a thing, so if it occurs in something little, it increases it). And if it occurs in something much it benefits. And the greatest fruits of Barakah in all things is to use that Barakah in the obedience of Allah SWT.

18 Sources of Barakah

  1. Good intentions
  2. Piety and Belief in Allah SWT
  3. Putting your trust in Allah SWT (Tawakkul)
  4. Reading Qur’an
  5. Saying ‘Bismillah’ (before starting an assignment/task)
  6. Eating with people
  7. Honesty in trade
  8. Dua
  9. Halal income
  10. Following the Sunnah
  11. Praying Istikharah (and should not be limited to just marriage! Pray istikharah even when making decisions like choosing a course etc)
  12. Giving thanks to Allah (“If you give thanks, I’ll give you more” [14:7])
  13. Charity (does not decrease your money!)
  14. Tying ties of kinship
  15. Waking up early (for verily, there is much barakah when you stay up from Fajr till Sunrise)
  16. Marriage
  17. Salah
  18. Istighfar

*I  just realised that it is quite brief. Feel free to ask me to elaborate (and insha’Allah if my memory serves me well I’ll be able to explain to you) on any points. Insha’Allah the next part is longer.

The believing woman

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh Sisters,

I saw such a beautiful quote on youtube today.. subhan’Allah, it made me smile. So I’m sharing it with all of you my dear sisters insha’Allah 🙂

“The Believing woman is never down for long,

She is like a willow under strong wind,

She will bend to breaking point but will stay whole,

She’ll sail against tides and storms,

She may get bruised from life,

But she will never give up.

Because she knows that Allah will not give her more than she can bear,

She knows her worth and even when she is walked upon or laughed at,

No one can take away her dignity,

As her refuge is Allah SWT

Gems from Al-Maghrib Seminar #2

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

[Extracted from Valley of Seekers Seminar: Living with the Beautiful Names of Allah]

Al-Waliy: The Protecting Friend, The Nearby Guardian

(root: w-l-y: to be near, close, nearby, defend, guard). Al-Wali emphasizes the aspects of lordship, ownership and mastery of the One who is also friend and helper. Al-Wali also emphasizes the nearness and loving, protective, guarding and helping aspects of the One who is also the Lord and Master.

Did He not find you (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)) an orphan and gave you a refuge? [93:6]

“My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and taught me the interpretation of dreams; The (only) Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die as a Muslim (the one submitting to Your Will), and join me with the righteous.” [12:101]

If Allah becomes your Waliy:

  • You shall have no fear nor grieve
  • He will enlighten your life
  • He will make you victorious

No doubt! Verily, the Auliya’ of Allah [i.e. those who believe in the Oneness of Allah and fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which he has forbidden), and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)], no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve [Yunus: 101]

Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light. And those who disbelieve – their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darknesses. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein. [Al-Baqarah: 257]

  • A miracle is a proof of prophethood
  • A special gift (Karama) can happen to devout, righteous believers.
To earn the Walaya of Allah, one needs:
  • Firm belief in Allah
  • Adherence to the prayers
  • Voluntary prayers (An-Nawafel)
  • Helping the needy