10 easy ways to being a more productive Muslim in NYC

Preparatory step: Renew your intentions for the sake of Allah

1. On the train/bus ride commute to school read at least one page of the Quran; on the way home read the tafseer for that page.

2. Smile 🙂 Its sunnah and its a charitable act that’s free and takes no extra time out of your busy schedule. It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 muscles to frown.

Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him said: “Your smile for your brother is charity. Your removal of stones, thorns or bones from the paths of people is charity. Your guidance of a person who is lost is charity” (Bukhari)

3. Pray as many sunnahs as you can and in each rakaah make it a goal to read 2 pages of the Quran. If you prayed the sunnah before fajr; after and before thuhr; after maghrib; and after Ishaa (5 sunnah prayers ) and read 2 pages of Quran in each rakah , you would have completed reading the Quran in about 3 weeks.

4. When you’re sitting/standing/lying down (waiting in the office/class on the bus stop, or suffering from insomnia) do dhikr; Remember Allah and reflect on life.

“And the men and women who remember Allah frequently, Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and great reward.” – Al-Ahzab 33:35

The Prophet Muhammed Peace Be Upon Him said: “Shall I not inform you of the best of your works, the purest of them with your Master Allah, the loftiest of them in your stations, the thing that is better for you than spending gold and silver in charity, and better for you than meeting your enemies and slaying them and being slain by them?” They (the companions) said, “Of course!” He said, “Remembrance of Allah the Most high.” (Tirmidhi)

5. Skip out on buying food from outside one day and put your lunch money in a donation box.

“By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give from what you love; and whatever you spend Allah knows it well.” Quran 3:92

6. Take an empty jar at home and label it for a specific donation (ex. Somalia, Turkey, women’s shelter, masjid etc.) At the end of every day take out all your loose change and put it in there.

“Spend (in charity) out of the sustenance that We have bestowed on you before that time when death will come to someone, and he shall say: “O my Lord! If only you would grant me reprieve for a little while, then I would give in charity, and be among the righteous.” – The Holy Quran, 63:10

7.  Dress modestly and in a way that’s most pleasing to Allah. Remember that the shaytaan tries to beautify sins for us, that in the end will only harm us.

O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of God’s signs, that they may take heed. (7:26)

8. If you see an elderly or pregnant women in the train, give them your seat. Kindness is contagious and it starts with you:)

9. Cut out TV time as much as possible! It destroys the peace and serenity in one’s mind, and you won’t know how that feels until you stop. It kills time, and messes with your mind. So check in to TV rehab soon.

“It rots the senses in the head
 It kills imagination dead
 It clogs and clutters up the mind
 It makes a child so dull and blind
 He can no longer understand
 A fairytale in fairyland
 His brain becomes as soft as cheese
 His thinking powers rust and freeze
 He cannot think he only sees” -Roald Dahl

10. Drink more water (don’t forget to say bismillah!) When you’re properly hydrated your brain functions better; less headaches. You will be more alert and concentrated in all your daily activities especially salah.

Article submitted by Widad Hassan