“In my own short experience of being a mother to two young children, I have noticed that the one, most effective way of calming my children down, is to open a book and start reading. Whether it is just looking at picture books (for younger children) or reaching for a favourite story book, the one-on-one attention that reading provides can diffuse most tantrums.”
 

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“In my own short experience of being a mother to two young children, I have noticed that the one, most effective way of calming my children down, is to open a book and start reading. Whether it is just looking at picture books (for younger children) or reaching for a favourite story book, the one-on-one attention that reading provides can diffuse most tantrums.”

 

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So you have a bright and wonderful idea; you’re going to change the world, or perhaps start a bit smaller. But how do you see your idea through to success, as opposed to letting it dwindle away as an ephemeral vision in your mind, or giving up altogether half way through?

We have all been there. We have been inspired to, say, learn the Arabic language, start a fundraiser, write a book, start a business, complete a dissertation or even plan and execute a huge family dinner! And we’re all looking for the best way to go about it.
So if you’ve been meaning to get started on a new project, here are 10 fundamental elements that you can implement to see any of your projects through to positive results and success, In sha Allah: http://proms.ly/ZzzXmX


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So you have a bright and wonderful idea; you’re going to change the world, or perhaps start a bit smaller. But how do you see your idea through to success, as opposed to letting it dwindle away as an ephemeral vision in your mind, or giving up altogether half way through?

We have all been there. We have been inspired to, say, learn the Arabic language, start a fundraiser, write a book, start a business, complete a dissertation or even plan and execute a huge family dinner! And we’re all looking for the best way to go about it.

So if you’ve been meaning to get started on a new project, here are 10 fundamental elements that you can implement to see any of your projects through to positive results and success, In sha Allah: http://proms.ly/ZzzXmX

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In times of hardship, pain and loss, many of us attempt to find solutions in the very dunya that caused that calamity to befall us in the first place. We search for temporary comforts in people and worldly objects, all of which have the potential to break us again. Some of us find relief in medication and counselling, some surround themselves with sympathetic ears and some simply lose hope and derail from the path of Islam. However, Allah (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) has provided us with the best tool of all: Prayer.

“And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah].“ [Qur’an 2:45]


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In times of hardship, pain and loss, many of us attempt to find solutions in the very dunya that caused that calamity to befall us in the first place. We search for temporary comforts in people and worldly objects, all of which have the potential to break us again. Some of us find relief in medication and counselling, some surround themselves with sympathetic ears and some simply lose hope and derail from the path of Islam. However, Allah (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) has provided us with the best tool of all: Prayer.

“And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah].“ [Qur’an 2:45]

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Manage Your Energy to Manage Your Time!
 
1) Track your energy levels throughout the day and ask yourself when do you usually feel most energetic?
2) Allocate your most important & energy-consuming tasks at times when you feel most energetic.
3) Do NOT waste your precious, energetic hours with trivial tasks (such as facebook surfing, chitchat, etc.) or tasks that require the least energy (e.g. meetings, etc.).
 
The picture is an example of a productivity heatmap which you can form to categorize different times of your day (typically). Different colours represent different energy levels (i.e. your productive capacity). To form your own heatmap, visit http://proms.ly/1qFVVf6 
 
So don’t forget to be productive and allocate your tasks according to your energy levels!
 
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Manage Your Energy to Manage Your Time!

 

1) Track your energy levels throughout the day and ask yourself when do you usually feel most energetic?

2) Allocate your most important & energy-consuming tasks at times when you feel most energetic.

3) Do NOT waste your precious, energetic hours with trivial tasks (such as facebook surfing, chitchat, etc.) or tasks that require the least energy (e.g. meetings, etc.).

 

The picture is an example of a productivity heatmap which you can form to categorize different times of your day (typically). Different colours represent different energy levels (i.e. your productive capacity). To form your own heatmap, visit http://proms.ly/1qFVVf6

 

So don’t forget to be productive and allocate your tasks according to your energy levels!

 

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“What have I gotten myself into?” If you are a homeschooling parent and find yourself pondering this question…a bit more often than not…here are 6 splendid ideas on how to help make homeschooling your kids more productive this year, In shā Allāh.

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“What have I gotten myself into?” If you are a homeschooling parent and find yourself pondering this question…a bit more often than not…here are 6 splendid ideas on how to help make homeschooling your kids more productive this year, In shā Allāh.

This doodle is based on the article, “The Road to Homeschool Success”: http://proms.ly/1xMggV1

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The Udhiyah (sacrifice) revives the sunnah of Prophet Ibrāhīm (peace be upon him). He (peace be upon him) was ready to give up everything for the sake of Allāh (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) and submitted unconditionally to Allāh’s (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) commands by even offering his beloved son as a sacrifice. Let us revive the spirit behind the sunnah.

Be generous and select a healthy animal for sacrifice. You may have given a lot of charity other than the udhiyah, but if you miss out on this, you have missed out on a great act of charity specific to this occasion. Look at how you have spent your money on luxuries for the entire year. Now what will you offer as a sacrifice to gain the closeness of Allāh (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā)?

Allāh (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) makes a special connection between sacrificing animals and taqwa (piety) as mentioned in the Qur’ān: “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allāh, but it is piety from you that reaches Him.” [Qur’ān 22:37] Thus, let us remember Allāh (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) and perform this act of worship solely to obtain His pleasure. 

As you strive to attain taqwa by sacrificing your animal, remember that you should even sacrifice your bad habits for the sake of Allāh (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā)! Will you quit (and sacrifice) your haraam job and look for halaal sources of income? Will you let go of any forbidden relationships? Will you sacrifice your sleep to get up for fajr regularly? Will you let go of your ego and make amends with your relatives? Will you repent from all your sins and try your level best to fulfill your ultimate aim of the Hereafter: to attain Paradise? Are you ready, like Prophet Ibrāhīm (peace be upon him), to submit unconditionally to all of Allāh’s (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) commands?

Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) even swears an oath by the day of ‘Arafah (Quran 85:3) which is indeed a day of great blessings. Don’t waste this golden, annual opportunity to gain enormous rewards. Remember to fast, make a list of your most special duas (supplications), and spend your time in supplication, repentance and remembering Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He).

Read our articles on how to spend the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah productively:
1) Four Things to Do on the Blessed 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah [http://proms.ly/1CbtKvW]
2) How to Productively Spend the Best 10 Days of the Year [http://proms.ly/1uoISBf]

O Allāh, guide us to spend the day of ‘Arafah productively! Aameen!


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Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) even swears an oath by the day of ‘Arafah (Quran 85:3) which is indeed a day of great blessings. Don’t waste this golden, annual opportunity to gain enormous rewards. Remember to fast, make a list of your most special duas (supplications), and spend your time in supplication, repentance and remembering Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He).

Read our articles on how to spend the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah productively:

1) Four Things to Do on the Blessed 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah [http://proms.ly/1CbtKvW]

2) How to Productively Spend the Best 10 Days of the Year [http://proms.ly/1uoISBf]

O Allāh, guide us to spend the day of ‘Arafah productively! Aameen!

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Download the audio file from http://proms.ly/1yy6Jov and play it in a loop on your mobile/laptop, etc. Remember that the companions (may Allāh be pleased with them) would go to the marketplace and recite the takbeer out loud and people would also recite after hearing them. Let us follow their footsteps and encourage others to recite the takbeer as well! If you find it uncomfortable to constantly remind your friends/family members, you can simply play the audio file, and you’ll notice others will join in with the recitation naturally, In shā Allāh.

Read our articles on how to spend the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah productively:

1) Four Things to Do on the Blessed 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah [http://proms.ly/1CbtKvW]

2) How to Productively Spend the Best 10 Days of the Year [http://proms.ly/1uoISBf]

May Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) make us understand the greatness of these days and help us spend them productively. Aameen!

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**NEW POST** 6 Tips to Help Lower Your Gaze
 
The eyes have desires that have a great tendency to want to be fulfilled, as if there is a gravity-like force that pulls the sight to the things we should not be looking at. Like gravity, those who resist will feel the force acting on them, while those who just go with the flow will feel little or nothing at all. Like gravity, it takes a lot of strength to escape it.
 
“Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do. And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts…” [Qur’an 24:30-31]
 
I ask Allah [Glorified and Exalted be He] to give us the strength to lower our gaze and to protect us from inappropriate sights. Aameen!
 
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**NEW POST** 6 Tips to Help Lower Your Gaze

 

The eyes have desires that have a great tendency to want to be fulfilled, as if there is a gravity-like force that pulls the sight to the things we should not be looking at. Like gravity, those who resist will feel the force acting on them, while those who just go with the flow will feel little or nothing at all. Like gravity, it takes a lot of strength to escape it.

 

“Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do. And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts…” [Qur’an 24:30-31]

 

I ask Allah [Glorified and Exalted be He] to give us the strength to lower our gaze and to protect us from inappropriate sights. Aameen!

 

Click to read more: http://proms.ly/1ByhnI8

 

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