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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9 thoughts on “Notes from Productive Muslim seminar #2

      • Assalamualaikum sis.
        Hahaha 😀 Busy wife and a long-distance mom like me sometimes find only little time to be productive 🙂 Not to mention the load of patients everyday in the hospital where i’m working :(…It’s almost draining but alhamdulillah…I’m managing 🙂 I follow Productive Muslim in Facebook but got no time lately to browse it. Alhamdulillah, you are here to enlighten us on what we’ve missed….

      • Wa alaik salam wa Rahmatullaah Sis 🙂

        Masha’Allah I feel like I’m not maximizing my time as compared to you! Sounds like you have such a busy schedule 🙂 But al-Hamdulillah if you are keeping up with everything! Insha’Allah the Productive Muslim notes are beneficial for you 🙂

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  2. wow!! I love the way you write these stuff concisely yet extremely clearly!!! I especially liked the ‘clean heart’ before sleeping part…jazakumAllahu khayran for sharing!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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