Productive Muslim Summit 2016

I received an exciting newsletter from The Productive Muslim a few days ago. Here is an extract:

It is time to explore Islam’s model for perfect Personal Development! Starting (this week) Tuesday, 20th December 2016, we are holding our first online virtual conference linking Islam to Self-Development with 19 amazing Muslim Self-Help experts!

These are the few people whom we come across that have dedicated their lives to link Islam to an area of Personal Development – and you need to hear them!

This will be a 4-day online conference and it’s entirely FREE. All you have to do is go to and enter your name and email address and you’re set (they promptly send a link to the upcoming seminars).

Here’s What You’ll Learn:

  • How to make a life, not a living
  • How to beat bad habits
  • How to unleash your creativity
  • How to motivate yourself and those around you
  • How to build your leadership capacity
  • How to be a better parent/spouse
  • How to unlock your emotional intelligence
  • How to keep faith, whilst earning wealth

The Program Schedule


If you care about bringing Islam back to your Personal Development efforts, it all starts by us having a conversation about this link and practically implementing the wisdom of the Qur’an and Sunnah in our lives. To help you with this, I hope you’ll join the Productive Muslim Summit and make it the catalyst into your life to make Islam a central part of developing yourself and perfecting your character.

Make sure you register now and I will see you there in sha Allah!

Mohammad Faris (Abu Productive)


Curious Expressions

I have always been curious about other languages. Especially languages other than the ones I am fluent in. And so I picked out this little book of idioms and proverbs of colorful languages of the world.


There is a subtle yet significant difference between idioms and proverbs (the author also shares it in this book);

An idiom is a phrase that has a meaning of its own that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words.

On the other hand, a proverb is a short popular saying that gives advice about how people should behave or that expresses a belief that is generally thought to be true.

Source: Learners Dictionary

I was in for a marvelous surprise; this book has all the right elements for some light, yet intellectual reading. Each idiom and proverb is beautifully explained; Ella Frances Sanders provides both, information about the culture of the country, and also smoothly connects and compares it to the idioms which we are familiar with in the English language. A colorful illustration, done by the author, accompanies every proverb and idiom. I’m still finding a hard time to decide whether I like the writing more or the illustrations; both are so simple at the same time impactful, making it a fun and easy book to read for a wide range of audience. Below are a few of my favorite sayings from the book:

To pull someone out of their watermelons (Romanian)


Grapes darken by looking at each other (Turkish)

Swallowed like a postman’s sock (Colombian Spanish)


My eye went with me (Maltese)

To feel like an octopus in a garage (Spanish)

To wear a cat on your head (Japanese)


To give a green answer to a blue question (Tibetan)

God bless you and may your mustache grow like bushwood (Mongolia)

Some days honey some days onions (Arabic)


I wonder if you are familiar with any of these expressions, if not, quick! Set out to find their meaning, and use them to amaze and amuse the people around you, after you have entertained yourself with them. You might just end up with a lot of phrases becoming your favorites as well.

The only disappointment I experienced while reading this book was when I realized that there were some languages put in twice, not that I dislike those languages, but because I would have loved to learn another handful of idioms from other countries. I understand that this book could have only so many, and so I hope the author soon publishes another, similar book of intriguing curious expressions from the countries left out.

Some of the sayings made me grin, some made raise my eyebrows with surprise, some made me sober, and some made me laugh out loud. This little book of curious expressions is a wonderful choice to read. Pick it up, and learn a little something about the world through the most expressive form of art- language.


Disclaimer: Thank you to Blogging for Books for sending me this book in exchange of an honest review. That being said, all opinions are sincerely my own.