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How to Be Productive Without Getting Stressed Out

We all try to avoid the dreaded “S” word, but sometimes it just creeps up on us and our loved ones. Yes, we all want to lead productive lives and accomplish many honorable things, but we do not want to develop high blood pressure, sleep problems, or reduced immunity in the process. We all know from all the medical research that has been done that stress can do all of that and more. So how do we strike a balance? Is there even such a thing as balance anymore?

Here are some thoughts on how to reclaim our lives from all the hidden stress and become more productive.

Tahajjud and Qiyam ul layl

One of the meanings of the word Tahajjud is to give up sleep. In the religious sense it means to wake up in the later part of night to pray Nafal prayers. Tahajjud was prescribed in the initial period of Islam which is also known as Meccan Period.

Most people confuse Qiyam ul Layl and Tahajjud. Qiyam ul layl is more general of the two and can include praying salah as well as other zikr. It can also be before sleeping or after it. However tahajjud is exclusively praying. There is difference of opinion regarding tahajjud. Some fuqaha are of the view that tahajjud only applies to praying after sleeping. However most fuqaha believe that it means praying at any time regardless of sleeping or not.

Huge Reward for Small Acts: Why?

A good number of the Prophet's hadiths promises huge rewards for seemingly small acts of worship. For example, in one hadith the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) tells us that reciting surat Al-Ikhlas is equal to reciting one third of the Qur'an, that is, you can earn the reward of reciting the whole Qur'an in just 5 minutes.

Amazing, isn't it?

Some people think that these "offers" are too good to be true. They are skeptic about the authenticity of these hadiths and believe that such "disproportion" of reward to acts cannot be stated by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

It is true that some reports about the advantages of certain acts is discredited by hadith scholars as unauthentic hadiths, yet many other hadiths are authentic. The above hadith about surat Al-Ikhlas is reported by Al-Bukhari. So, how do you explain such highly-rewarding "special offers"?

3 Productive Ways To Give Sadaqah As A Family

Giving Sadaqah (charity) is not only a great way to fulfill the needs of the poor, but also serves as a purification of the heart. Therefore, it is important to instill a sense of compassion and the love for charity in your children from an early age on.

Here are 3 fantastic ideas to involve your entire family when giving charity.

12 Super Sunnahs We Should Seriously Begin to Follow

The word “sunnah” is used to describe the life and teachings of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). The sunnah is an ultimate guidance for leading a productive, successful life.

Here are 12 sunnahs of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) that we must aim to revive, In sha Allah, in hopes of increasing our productivity, and seeking the company of the beloved Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) in the Hereafter.

How to Deal with Emotional Challenges and Hardships

Sometimes we face stubborn challenges that hold us back from our dreams. They keep us ‘stuck’ and slow down our journey to fulfilling our potential, being more productive, and living life with purpose and passion.

These challenges can come in the form of some sort of loss: whether a loss of health, wealth, loved ones, or loved things. They try our emotions and mentally hold us back from fulfilling the vision we have for our life.

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Are Niqab and other forms of Hijab simply traditions and cultural practices?

Are Niqab and other forms of Hijab simply traditions and cultural practices?

The topic I'm going to write about today is a controversial topic however I believe that it is an issue that must be tackled. A few days ago on my Instagram account a sister left a comment on one of the pictures I had posted months ago. I am posting the photo here to help you understand the context of the discussion.


The comment was that niqab has nothing to do with Islam. When I tried to explain to the sister that niqab is actually an integral part of Islam, she went further and claimed even the hijab (headscarf) is a tradition and it has got nothing to do with Islam. Unfortunately this is not the first time but I have heard a Muslim sister or a brother say such a thing...

6 Steps to Get Back on Track With Your Goals

Life is forever changing, and with change comes anxiety, stress, and the necessity to prioritize our lives. It is in these difficult moments that we sometimes find ourselves “falling off track” in some important part of our life. For some, it may mean not spending enough time with family, increasing your faith, taking care of your health, or perhaps it is about losing weight, or even saving for that home or car you want to purchase one day.

The reality is that setting a goal for yourself is easy. What is challenging is keeping yourself motivated and renewing that motivation to keep you focused and invested in that particular goal. It is not always easy to stay motivated, but with the proper tools and support in place, you can do anything you put your mind to, In sha Allah.

Find out how to get back on track with your goals

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