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Three Simple Steps to Live a Productive Life

As believers we must always strive for the best in everything we do. We should all aim high and work consistently to better ourselves bi’ithnillah. Below are three simple steps we can take in order to have a more productive and successful life Insha’Allah.

1. Have Sincere Intentions

Intentions are the pillar of worship and the essence and foundation of action. Our faith teaches us that our intentions behind our actions are very important. Whatever goal or aspiration you may have, always strive to ensure that you have sincere intentions behind this.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Actions are only (judged) by intentions. Each person shall be rewarded only for that which he intended.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

Furthermore our Deen encourages us to focus on our intentions. Allah knows our hearts; our true intentions. This brings inner peace because we know that even if nobody understands us, Allah does. Essentially we need to recognise that our intentions will be beneficial for us not only in this Dunya but also for our Akhirah if they are sincere and khair.

2. Take Massive Action

Taking massive action means making your goal or the act of accomplishing that goal your duty, obligation, and responsibility. It means taking full ownership of your problems, mistakes, and failures and doing all you possibly can to rectify them.

Taking massive action is of course not a one-time thing. You must tie your camel and take the necessary ACTION that you desire. This may be to get into better shape by joining a gym, improving your knowledge in the Deen or perhaps getting a better job. Whatever you do, work hard and put in the right level of action and effort and Insha’Allah you will be successful.

3. Make lots of Du’a

Always ask Almighty Allah for anything YOU want in your life. Du’a is a means of communicating with Allah and through Du’a, we can get closer to our Lord. Du’a can change your life. It is our strongest resource. But it works only for those who endeavour sincerely and seriously to use it. As Muslims, we should never give up, because we have the ultimate tool in the form of Du’a. Make lots of Du’a, seek His support and never give up as Allah’s door is always open!

Allah says in the Qur’an: “When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” (Qur’an, 2:186).

So with this in mind, we can say that Allah Almighty definitely listens to us when we make Du’a. 


Remember that by combining these three steps of encompassing sincere intentions, taking massive action and making lots of du’a, we can set the gears in motion to start mastering our goals. May Allah accept our intentions and enable us to become effective, productive and successful in all our endeavours. Allahumma Ameen 🙂

Finally can I take this opportunity to kindly request you all to keep our ummah in your prayers.

May peace be with you all.

Maruf Zaid Deen

Written by Maruf Zaid Deen

Maruf is passionate about reading, writing and helping others. He has always wanted to use his writing skills to make a positive impact. He holds an MSc in Management and is a regular contributor to IlmFeed. His interests include travelling, volunteering and spending time with his young family.

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