I hope you are well and had a wonderful Eid with your family and friends.
On this blessed day of Jumua, I wanted to remind myself & you about the importance of Spiritual Connectivity to Allah when seeking to be productive in life.
We tend to forget, as we go about our lives, that we live in the Dominion & under the Will of Allah SWT at all times, and nothing happens in our lives without His permission.
If we truly believe in this, then we should to be close to Him (SWT) through fulfilling what He made obligatory upon us, avoiding that which He forbade, and seeking His pleasure through the good words and actions as taught to us by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
As a practical advice to make this actionable in your life: Download the ProductiveMuslim Ultimate Goal Planner (from here: http://proms.ly/1JJr9u0
). Then under the Islam row, ask yourself the following questions:
1. What are my Spiritual goals in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years time? How will my Islam look like then?
2. How will I improve myself spiritually over time?
3. What specific actions will I do today to get to these goals?
I have learnt over the years that without serious reflection and proper goal setting, rarely do improvements come in any area of our lives and especially our Spiritual lives.
If you want to pray on time, give more charity, fast more often, pray tahajjud each night, read Quran more regularly, avoid back-biting, and do lots of good deeds and avoid bad ones, then you need to plan, set goals, and take action to get there (whilst sincerely seeking the Help of Allah every step of the way).
I hope you found this useful.
On a last note: I'll be traveling to Dubai next week to attend the Global Islamic Economy Summit taking place on 5th and 6th October. If you happen to be in Dubai around the same time, would be great to meet you in person and hear some feedback about ProductiveMuslim. I hope to make a couple of special announcements at the sidelines of this event. Stay tuned!
Founder & Chief Productivity Officer,