Name : The Productive Muslim: Where Faith Meets Productivity
Author : Mohammed Faris
Language : English
Publisher : Awakening Publications
Category : Self-Developmental
Review of The Productive Muslim
The context of the worldly life of all Prophet of Islam (PBUT) was to cultivate the world in addition to becoming a worthy servant of Allah Almighty. They beautified the worldly life as well as the Hereafter with wisdom, advice, and reconstruction. Therefore, Islam does not mean unproductivity. Rather, Islam is the name of staying steadfast in the eternal religion of Almighty Allah by developing oneself productively and beneficially in new environments and surroundings.
In the era of excellence in science, technology, medicine, education, and commerce, floating oneself in the wave of time, one’s apostasy is not just with Islam. The true productivity of a Muslim lies in managing every moment of life in an orderly manner according to the great ideals of Islam. With this great spirit in mind, Mohammed Faris wrote The Productive Muslim to implement this objective of self-improvement at every stage of life.
Muhammed Faris, the CEO of Leading Productive Lives LLC is an internationally sought speaker, author, and coach. He is dedicated to promoting productivity in the Muslim community throughout the world. Mohammed Faris was born in Dar-es-salaam of Tanzania and grew up in Saudi Arabia and UK. He is now living in the US since 2007. In 2014, he was listed on the list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims worldwide. He serves the global urban Muslim and helps them lead productive lives spiritually, physically, and socially through his blog ProductiveMuslim.com and training organization ProductiveMuslimAcademi.com. The Productive Muslim is a stirring book on the improvement of the Islamic nation written by Mohammed Faris.
Discussion of The Productive Muslim
The Productive Muslim is a self-reformational book that inspires Muslims leaving a balanced, orderly, and productive life in today’s world. In the first chapter of the book, the author gives a clear idea of what productivity really means. The author identifies the maximum results that can be achieved decently by making proper use of time and avoiding unnecessary engagements as productivity.
In the second chapter, the book considers productivity in Islam as a means of balancing the body, mind, and soul. To discuss the importance of setting a productive goal in life, the author sheds light on the purpose of the creation of mankind. The productive Muslim posits the clear, practical, and moral values of Islam as the guiding principles of individual, social, and state life as the main goal of productivity. Besides, the author discusses here the importance of self-improvement and maximum use of earthly life for a successful hereafter in attaining productivity.
The third chapter of The Productive Muslim underlines the importance of divine connection with realization while discussing the productivity of spirituality. In this context, the book shed light on the impact and Importance of Taqwa, Ihsan, Dhikr, Patients, Salat, Fasting, etc. as a way to gain productivity in life.
The next chapter of The Productive Muslim comes up with the issue of physical strength and focus over time as a catalyst for physical productivity. It discusses in detail how sleep, diet, and fitness can be regulated in a fruitful chain to achieve physical strength. The author prefers detachment here to maintain mental focus. Such as reducing online dependence on brain rest, praying to Allah in a secluded place, staying away from devices, and creating a fruitful routine according to the environment, etc.
The very next chapter of The Productive Muslim states that the social productivity of a Muslim means to benefit others effectively with his own time, sense, skill, wealth, and physical strength according to the guidance of Islam. This chapter also provides some excellent tips for dividing our time for social engagement along with our time for family, friends, and relatives. Chapter Six links the goal of achieving the pleasing of Allah SWT and success in the Hereafter to productivity.
The seventh chapter of the book discusses making productive habits. The Productive Muslim shows here three valuable ways to build up productive habits on a gradual basis. Besides, here we get an excellent suggestion to build up seven spiritual habits that will make us more productive in achieving the Mercy and Barakah of the Lord Almighty.
Chapter Eight comes up with a great vision of acquiring productivity in the holy month of Ramadan. The Productive Muslim signifies this month as a gift of Allah SWT to achieve our physical, social, and spiritual productivity. This chapter also inspires us to focus on our children to build up productive habits for them this month. Lastly, the final chapter shows us the main mission of our whole worldly activities as our productivity after death.
Critical Analysis of The Productive Muslim
In my view, The Productive Muslim is an excellent book on self-development. In the book, the author has spontaneously discussed the valuable aspects of our self-development realistically. This book discusses how we can use our Lord-gifted talent, time, and energy in personal, family, social, and overall development. And in order to achieve these precious things, the author has included some excellent practical and effective strategies and diagrams. In addition to this, he has combined various instructions from the Qur’an and Sunnah and various experiences of modern scholars and eminent.
The Productive Muslim deeply explores the interrelationship between the Creator, Humans, and other Creatures. It also shakes our sense of duty to the Creator and the other creatures as the best creatures in creation. In essence, the book promotes the productive lifestyle that combines the eternal teachings of Islam and modern epistemology to bring a person true success in this world and the Hereafter.
Although our body is weak, fragile, and perishable, our soul is eternal. So, not only the body, but the development of the soul is absolutely necessary for us. And spirituality is needed for self-development indeed. Therefore, it is utter folly to devote oneself all the time to a little worldly success at the expense of self and spirituality. A viable and productive philosophy of life is necessary for the full development and lasting success of human beings. Through this philosophy, we will get worldly success in addition to ultimate success in the Hereafter. And this is the main theme of The Productive Muslim. So, read this valuable book today to make your life meaningful as a Muslim.
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