The Productive Muslim: Where Faith Meets Productivity

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Author(s): Mohammed Faris

Published: 2016

Report Published: 7th June 2016

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Field Survey

There is no better time to read and review The Productive Muslim. The holy Islamic month of Ramadan 2016 is upon us. A third of the world’s population, myself included, is fasting during the daylight hours and standing in long prayers and supplications during the hours of darkness. Charitable acts and community building also make up the corner stone of this month, as Muslims remember the blessing of Allah and the afflictions of the poor, work together towards reducing poverty, whilst also keeping up their day job, studies, family duties and even writing a blog :).

This book, much like the articles published on its “parent site” Productive Muslim, is extremely well written and researched. It goes beyond the singularly focused “religious” aspects and calls the Muslim community into faith based action that builds on the five pillars of Islam (Salat: performing ritual prayers five times each day, Zakat: “charity” to benefit the poor and the needy, Sawm: fasting during the month of Ramadan and Hajj: the pilgrimage to Mecca).

The Productive Muslim is not just theory however. It is a thought-provoking and action driven guide which provides a holistic view of Islam that uses Quranic scripture, the latest research including that of Dr John Ratey and productivity ninja Graham Allcott, along with good plain common sense. The result after reading Faris’ book? If I am anything to go by, a Muslim who is not only more focused and effective but more aware of Allah’s presence, calling and direction in their life.

So is this book only for Muslims? Whilst this book was certainly written for Muslims in mind, non-Muslims interested in the “real” Islam, away from attention grabbing headlines, would also benefit from reading it because they will be better able to relate to the world around them.

Highlights

“It’s not our hard work and achievements that matter but our sincerity and whether Allah accepts it from us. This is not a call to relax, it’s actually a call to work even harder.”

“As Muslims we’ve become no different in our pursuit for productivity and economic growth at all costs. Our understanding of productivity and human wellbeing has become separated from our faith and values.”

“As Muslims, we believe that sleep is a blessing and like every blessing it should be used to thank Him through worship, not to disobey Him – by oversleeping and missing our prayers and responsibilities.”

QUAKE Moment

As Muslims go, and a sentiment sadly echoed by Faris, I am an extremely productive example. Unfortunately, many individuals that share my faith don’t share my work ethic or drive. There is a commonly held false idea that to be a good Muslim, one must solely focus on their religious duties as obligations to fulfil prior to death, rather than as part of a lifestyle.

So, I really thought that there was little The Productive Muslim could teach me and that it would just be a case of light reading that would refresh my memory. Oh dear!

Well, whilst I don’t think I will become more productive, at least not in the western sense of the word, I do have a new found appreciation as how important it is to integrate Allah into that productivity, aside from taking a break five times a day to perform prayers.

Aftershocks

After reading this book, I am striving daily to place Allah at the centre of my growth mindset and purpose. This is extremely important given that according to the Quran, God only accepts the sacrifice of those who are mindful of Him [5.27]. I am consciously building in habits that will need to last a lifetime if my work and attitude are to remain pleasing to God…

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7 Comments

  1. Daud Osman on August 1, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I live in Dubai UAE. And since ( the productive Muslim book “where faith meets productivity”) published, I’m struggling to buy one from Amazon. So I need to buy the book if you can please help with that.

    Thanking you in advance
    Daud Osman

    • Kai Whiting on August 1, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Salaam Daud,

      I was told by Mohammed Faris this morning that the Kindle version should be available via Amazon.com to all countries. For physical copies the best option is to contact the publisher who is Muslim: http://www.awakening.org/store/ The other option is through a local book store. The book ISBN number is 978-1905837380 and the publishers are Awakening Publications. Hope this helps.

      • Daud Osman on August 1, 2016 at 2:17 pm

        Salaam Kai,
        Thanks a lot for your prompt reply.
        Fine . I already tried with Amazon.com but not succeeding as the kindle version is not available for UAE shipping. But still I need to try the other options as per your kind suggestion & see what works for me.
        Anyway, will keep in touch with you by email.
        Many thanks.
        Daud Mohamed Osman

  2. Samarin on August 23, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Is there anyway I could purchase this book? I’m in India.

    • Agent Kai on August 31, 2016 at 12:53 am

      Yes, you should go to the publishers, Awakening Publications…

  3. Mohammed Qureshi on November 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Assalaamualaikum WRWB,
    Awakening Publications do not ship to Saudi Arabia.
    Pls. advise how can I get this book asap
    Jazak Allah khair to Productive Muslim Team

    • Agent Kai on November 5, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Tried to email you but still waiting for your response.

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