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.

Understand the Quran

There is so much talk about this book and how often is it that we are swept away with the opinion of others. In this blessed month of Ramadan, Bayyinah dedicated an hour from each night to explain portions of the first chapter of the Quran, of which only the last few days are remaining.

Ever since I was little, I have always been attracted towards gaining knowledge. Right now, I have discovered something so incredibly good, that I have no words to explain it. I’m not sure how many of you know of the speaker Nouman Ali Khan. He is one of those people who seem very down to Earth, yet when they speak, the words strike your heart. These are the rare people who are blessed with beautiful speech.

I need to point out here that is undoubtedly the content I am attracted to. There is so much that I learned about the Quran in half an hour that I haven’t in years. I am a non-Arabic speaker and it is only right to understand/learn the information by someone who knows it and studies it well. Believe me when I say that I sincerely want good for you. There is a saying in Islam, “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]

These lectures are for everyone and anyone who wants to understand the Quran. Each lecture is about an hour long but you can watch as much as you like and return to it later (this is what I do as I find more convenient). Even a few minutes of the lecture are so knowledgeable that you will, God willing, leave with something good.

You can watch the episodes from day 1 to 23 archived here on

The rest will be uploaded in the coming days.


Photo credit: Bayyinah

Turn your wondering eyes towards the sky

        A most amazing and insightful book, The Quran leads the way to Science (by Harun Yahya), proves that Religion and Science are compatible. The reason being, that religion provides accurate and definitive answers as to how life and the universe came into being. As such, if initiated upon a proper foundation, research will reveal the truths regarding the origin of the universe and the organization of life, in the shortest time, and with minimum effort and energy.

As stated by Albert Einstein (considered one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century), “science without religion is lame”, which is to say, that science, unguided by religion, cannot proceed correctly, but rather, wastes much time in achieving certain results, and worse, is often inconclusive.

In this book, you will not find, as in some other books, the personal views of the author, explanations based on dubious sources, styles that are unobservant of the respect and reverence due to sacred subjects, nor hopeless, doubt-creating, and pessimistic accounts that create deviations in the heart. It is a clear and insightful read.

Moonrise And Starlit Sky At Minokakeiwa-Tommy Tsutsui

Photo credit: Tommy Tsutsui
“Behold! In the creation Of the Heavens and the Earth, and the alternation Of Night and Day – There are indeed Signs for men of understanding.” [Al-Quran 3:190]

Please find the link to a pdf version of the book at the end of this post. 


With a broad select of topics included like Astronomy, Physics, Geography, Geology, Oceanology, Biology, Embryology, Botany, Zoology, Medicine, Physiology and General Science, you are sure to find your subject of interest.

It also shares the views of many well known Scientists on the topic of Religion. Here is another extract from the book:

Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

Considered the greatest scientist who ever lived, Newton was both a mathematician and a physicist. His greatest contribution to science was his discovery of the law of universal gravitation. He added the concept of mass to the relation between force and acceleration; introduced the law of action and reaction, and put forward the thesis that a moving object will continue moving in straight line at a constant speed unless acted on by a force. Newton’s laws of motion remained applicable for four centuries, from simplest engineering calculations to the most complex technological projects. Newton’s contributions were not limited to gravity, but also extended to the fields of mechanics and optics. Discovering the seven colors of light, Newton thus laid the ground for a new discipline, namely optics.

In addition to his groundbreaking discoveries, Newton wrote critical essays refuting atheism and defending Creation. He supported the idea that “creation is the only scientific explanation”. Newton believed that the mechanic universe, a gigantic clock working non-stop, in his analogy, could only be the work of an all-powerful and all-wise Creator. Behind Newton’s discoveries, which changed the course of the world, was his desire to come closer to God. Newton investigated the objects of God’s creation to know Him better. To this end, he devoted himself to studies with great energy. Newton communicated the reason underlying his zeal for scientific endeavor with the following words, in his famous work Principia Mathematica:

…He (God) is eternal and infinite, omnipotent and omniscient; that is, his duration reaches from eternity to eternity; his presence from infinity to infinity; he governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done. He is …eternal and infinite; …he endures and is present. He endures forever, and is everywhere present; and, by existing always and everywhere, he constitutes duration and space… We know him only by his most wise and excellent contrivances of things… [W]e reverence and adore him as his servants…

(Sir Isaac Newton, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Translated by Andrew Motte, Revised by Florian Cajore, Great Books of the Western World 34, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor in chief, William Benton, Chicago, 1952:273-74)

Optics Valley

Photo credit: S Taylor

Please find the link to a pdf version of the book The Quran leads the way to Science below:

Click here

I truly hope that this book benefits you. Thank you for reading through till the end.