Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Productive Muslim - Part 1 : The Basics

اَلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَا تُهُ
It has been a while since I wrote, and I'm back, and writing in English. This would mark the starting of my own English column for this blog. (I think this was unnecessary..haha)

Okay, back to the point. Last weekend, Alhamdulillah, I was given the opportunity to attend a seminar conducted by the Productive Muslim, organised by One Heart Creative Solutions at IIUM (a bit of publicity). It's a seminar on becoming a Productive Muslim. The seminar was conducted by Brother Faris, the CEO of Productive Muslim himself. The seminar was conducted in English, so I think it would be better to share it in English, so it would be easier. There would be several parts (I don't know how much it would be), so stay tuned.

So, let's get started. We'll start with the basics of productivity. As a Muslim, we should look productivity HOLISTICALLY. Don't look it only on the point of Dunya. Think of it in a point that would help us in the Akhirah. We humans are a slave on Earth. Productivity would occur when we fulfill our purpose as slave of Allah. So, that means that productivity should occur for our WHOLE life. Then, a question rises; "When do we rest?" I'm not sure where this quote came, but here;
But, that doesn't mean we don't rest at all. After all, we are humans, and we do need some rest.

So, finished with the basics. Now, we go to the senses that are needed to be productive. There are 4 senses that are needed for us to be productive.

Number 1; the Sense of Purpose.
We as Muslims have been made as slaves on Earth. Therefore, our purpose is clear; to worship our Creator, Allah. Forms of worship include those which are obligated (Salah, Hajj etc) and which are personal (all the sunat; zikr, dhuha etc).

Number 2; the Sense of Urgency.
As humans, we have been given with time. We have to know that time is always running, even if we don't want to. We also have to realize that we have a short lifetime. We won't know when we will die, so use the given time wisely.

Number 3; the Sense of Gratitude.
Allah have given us a lot of nikmah. From the healthy body, to our ability to see, or even given the chance to live. We should be thankful. Give our gratitude by using all this blessings to a good use.

Number 4; the Sense of Service.
Islam is a community based religion. We should think of any way that we can contribute and be of any help to others.

InsyaAllah, this would be all for the first part. I don't want to write too long as people wouldn't want to read posts that are too long (for me at least). I break it into parts so that we can do it little by little. I'll continue on the definitions and the rest next time.

If there are any points that I left out or any wrong information, feel free to tell me (please).
Till next time, insyaAllah.

Part 2.