YOU CAN BUILD A DIFFERENT KIND OF LIFE AS A 21ST CENTURY MUSLIM
A life that gives you permission to spend time on yourself and your career- because now you are consistently making time for your Deen.
Where your day begins with you excited, energetic and focused and ends with you deeply satisfied with yourself because of how productive it was.
Where you are IN CONTROL of the way you spend your time. Not your wandering mind. Not your Nafs. But YOU.
So you’re FINALLY getting things done- especially the important ones that you don’t even want to do. Because of THAT kind of discipline that has now entered your day.
And energy. You are FULL of it. You wake up excited for a new day and set a greater challenge for yourself than yesterday. Why? Because you know you can do it. You’ve been growing. You’re now in better control of the way you spend your time.
But why? Why do you even need to take control of how you spend your time?
To balance Your Deen and Dunya.
Today, we have the strongest reasons to learn how to balance our Deen and Dunya:-
- With more distractions to fight through- social media, the internet.
- With the 21st-Century Hustle- now we have to work much harder to live a comfortable lifestyle. We have full-time careers to pursue. Jobs. Studies.
- It’s easy to get absorbed in Dunya. But MUCH harder to keep holding on to our Deen- to practice Islam everyday.
- Whether we like it or not, we are in the Century of Fitnah. We have MORE reasons to grow closer to Islam because if we don’t- we can easily get swept away from our main purpose.
- Above all, to survive the storm, we NEED to stay in a close connection with Allah S.W.T.
There’s BayyinahTV, Qalam Institute, UnderstandQuran, IOU and so many other great Islamic platforms teaching us the Quran.
Then why don’t we have a great connection with the Quran? Why don’t we have a deep meaningful relationship with Allah S.W.T?
Because no matter how many sources exist- if you don’t make time for them, they won’t benefit you.
And for most of us- that’s the most difficult thing to do!
Prophet S.A.W had a deep meaningful relationship with his family.
If there are so many authentic sources of Sunnah and Hadith, why don’t we have an open communication with our family?
We all agree that every relationship takes work. Whether it’s with Allah S.W.T, your mom, your spouse or your friend.
But what we forget is that- to give these relationships the best chance to work, you need to invest TIME in them.
Do you have an acquaintance to whom you say salam every now and then but don’t really stay in touch with? That’s fine. That’s because you probably don’t care about developing a meaningful relationship with that person.
But do you care about your connection with Allah S.W.T? If you do, how do you expect to have a really close relationship with The Almighty Allah if you don’t make time for Him (S.W.T)?
That’s what we need.
It has always seemed harder for millennial Muslims to even DREAM of living a balanced life like the Prophet S.A.W and his companions lived- but counter-intuitively, it’s never been easier for 21st century Muslims than it is today.
I’m here to help you.
I remember I was ready to throw away even the thought of making time for my Deen at one point. I was so deeply frustrated with my relentless efforts to do everything I wanted to do in life as a Muslim, but somehow getting nothing done.
Somehow I pushed through the first four years of Medical School, making and destroying plans, staying in the rut of my old habits- depressed and hopeless. I would finally conclude that “There’s something wrong with me”.
But when I looked around, I saw pains similar to my own. And for one brief moment, I would feel a sense of relief wash over me- I was not alone.
Motivated again, I would go back to watching some more inspirational videos, downloading time-management apps and following the “Perfect routine” I had picked off the internet.
And for a few days- life would be seemingly “perfect”.
I was organized, working out, studying regularly, praying on time, even eating healthy (I mean, who does that anymore?!) and giving a solid 2 hours to Quran everyday (which was btw- AMAZING by my standards at that time).
I was managing my time the best I could. I would look back at my day and be proud.
Then inevitably, THIS would happen—- A small bump- an unconventional interruption, a sudden change of environment or an upcoming exam- and all my perfectly designed “PLAN” would fall apart.
Like a wave of tsunami, a feeling of helplessness and INTENSE frustration would sweep away my “PERFECT DAY” and I would succumb back to binging shows. I just couldn’t do it. I concluded that I was too “ALL-or-NONE”. I either did things “perfectly” or didn’t do them AT ALL. Or at least that’s what I convinced myself.
This was my “Perfect Plan”. Caption: From # years ago.
And this was what actually happened:
The problem was this:
What was Missing…
The secular productivity gurus would tell you all about apps, hacks, secret time-management methods & tactics.
Then why did I feel like there was more to the story? What about Nafs? And Shaytan? I remember watching a Ted Talk about procrastination in which the guy said: “There’s an instant gratification monkey in your head that makes you procrastinate”. I laughed out loud at that.
Really? A MONKEY?!
The “more scientific” secular productivity gurus had a really predictable approach. They would spend decades just trying to find the cause of all these internal human struggles and finally settle on the brain.
Anything that’s difficult to figure about the human psyche- make it about the brain.
But Muslims had bigger fish to fry. We already knew the cause. It was Shaytan and our Nafs. Our belief system made that easy for us.
So I knew only relying on these modern productivity techniques was not going to be enough.
In the search of “more”, I would spend hours looking up “Islamic duas for productivity”. Or “Time management in Islam”.
I’d find material on “the importance of time in the Quran”.
But I wasn’t looking for the importance of time. I ALREADY knew the importance- that’s why I was looking to manage my time better in the first place!
I’d find motivational quotes from Ibn- Qayyim, Ayahs and ahadith, and they would get me all motivated. But not for long before I swung back to my old ways.
I learned three things…
# 1 I realized that information alone was never going to be enough to make the best use of my time.
If it was, why wasn’t anybody doing it then?
Nobody wants to procrastinate.
Nobody wants to be lazy and unmotivated.
Above all, nobody really wants to waste time. We just didn’t know how.
# 2 I discovered that despite the fact that the internet was OVERLOADED with information, it was also missing a key ingredient: how?
How could I apply all of that information to my personal life??
# 3 I decided that there had to be a way that combined the modern productivity techniques with the belief system of a Muslim.
A system that “weaved” the psychology of Nafs into the scientific time-management info.
And so that’s what I did. I put together everything I’d learned in my 7 years of struggle, tested it and then— I trashed it.
I didn’t want to make an encyclopedia full of productivity tips and methods!
No, I knew I had to do more than that to reach other millennial Muslims like myself. So I spent 9 months on research. BTW, 9 months is a baby.
I spent hundreds of hours just studying the invisible psychological barriers- the limiting beliefs that were shaping our actions (or the lack thereof). But more on that later.
I dug deeper into the WHY of all our problems. I took the Doctor’s approach of “DIAGNOSING” the underlying cause of our shackles.
Did I “figure out a magic formula” or make a “groundbreaking discovery”?
Of course not. But I did learn what I needed to know about the missing ingredient: the HOW.
To bring that information into practical everyday life, I annoyed a LOT people around me by testing my methods on them. 😀
I only wanted to keep the methods that worked and chuck away ALL the rest. So that I didn’t frustrate my readers by handing them a bunch of random tips on a pretty plate.
And overtime strange unexpected things started happening: those methods had actually started working!!
I couldn’t believe it. I started receiving emails like “I feel like you’re reading my mind”.
There was no greater feeling than knowing that my material was changing the lives of other Muslims.
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I WANT TO HELP YOU BUILD A DIFFERENT KIND OF LIFE
What being a SUCCESSFUL MUSLIM really means
Allah has defined success in multiple ayahs in the Quran attributing success to different acts of Ibadah. But at the HEART of success is one fleeting object- time.
“By time, Indeed, mankind is in loss, Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience” [103:1-3].
But let’s dig a little deeper- Why does Allah S.W.T swear by time? And that too, right before He tells us about the 4 criteria of entering in Jannah and being successful?
Obviously, Allah S.W.T is telling us that to have the slightest chance of following these criteria and making your way to Jannah, you need to make the best possible use of one asset you’re given: TIME.
Because that asset is running out. Al-Asr: it literally means “Time that is running out” or “The last part of time”. (Even Salat-al-Asr is during the last part of the day.)
Truth is- it’s the ONE object in this world that once gone, never comes back and that nobody can control or manage in the literal sense.
“Successful are the believers…those who stay away from lughw (things which waste time)” (Surah Mu’minoon 23:1 & 3)
Time is at the HEART of true success according to Allah S.W.T.
Now that we’ve established that what true success really means to a Muslim (and it DEFINITELY does not mean the Forbes 30 under 30 or NewYorkTimes BestSeller kind of success)…. Let’s begin with the different approaches to time-management you can take (and what we believe is the best one).
THE FOUR COARSE MODELS OF TIME-MANAGEMENT
1. THE CLASSIC TIME-MANAGEMENT MODEL
This is the most common approach to time-management. It’s centrally focused on the management of the “time” itself. When you type time-management in google or time-management courses on Udemy, you’ll find methods such as:
- Getting Things Done by David Ellen
- Stephen Covey’s time management grid (Author of 7 Habits of highly Effective People)
- ABC method
- Pareto’s principle- 80/20 rule.
- Eisenhower Matrix for prioritizing.
- Pickle Jar theory for prioritizing between goals. (rocks, sand, pebbles and water)
- Parallel Programming method
- ALPEN method
- Maslow’s Theory (showing the hierarchy of human needs)
- Eat the frog by Brian Tracy
- And many more…
The only problem is- NOT A SINGLE ONE of the systems is targeted specifically for Muslims.
Although there are plenty of methods in this model that actually help us Muslims prioritize better and become more productive but not a SINGLE one is designed specifically for Muslims.
Meaning this approach completely cuts off the Quran and Sunnah limbs from time-management.
On to the next approach…
2. THE WORK/ LIFE BALANCE MODEL
This is another model that you’ll read about in the entrepreneurial magazines.
Work/ life balance is a term commonly used by people who work 9 to 5, originally coined in the late 1970s.
“Work/life” balance is at best an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth, today’s senior executives will tell you.” (Boris Groysberg and Robin Abrahams wrote that in a March 2014 Harvard Business Review article)
It compartmentalizes work and life. And it clearly demarcates “work” from everything else that’s thrown in the “life” part, which btw comes after work. In other words, the work itself is at the center of focus and weighs equally or heavier than the “rest of the life”.
And what of work-from-home entrepreneurs? Or people with 2 jobs and debts to pay off? And housewives who are technically not working a 9 to 5 job? Who can clearly measure their level of productivity?
There will always be interruptions from “life” during our work hours and interruptions from work during the rest of our time. How can we separate the two? We can’t.
Then later there appeared this newer version of the work/ life balance model, this time called…
This approach allowed people to connect the two areas of life but that’s the problem- yet again, this approach also focuses on only two areas of life: work and life. And by life, what’s meant is family and self-time.
That can’t work for us Muslims because we have a complete area that is missing from all of the above models: IBADAH. We can’t ignore our Salah during work nor can we ignore the fact that we have to fast during Ramadan, even if that means fasting while work.
We have to make time for Allah S.W.T and Quran.
Which is why ALL OF THE ABOVE are incomplete models of time management that don’t fully solve the problems Muslims are facing today.
This brings me to the next model: The Barakah model.
3. THE BARAKAH MODEL
Barakah completes the time-management model. When all the rest of the models are so adamant on improving your task-management skills and getting your prioritization methods right (both of which are undeniably important), barakah covers the spiritual aspect of productivity. It brings more “soul-elements” to the concept of time-management.
So if you put all your efforts in the right direction ACTIVELY SEEKING barakah- growth will follow suit.
And not the bare minimum growth that’s conceivable but growth that is BEYOND MEASURE- and it can only come from Allah S.W.T.
So yes, although everything is from Allah S.W.T, Barakah is a special kind of boosted growth that can enter your life if you actively look for it.
“And have you seen that seed which you sow? Is it you who makes it grow or are We the Grower?”. [Quran 56: 63-64]
Here’s where things get really interesting: We are repeatedly told in the Quran to only worry about our efforts and leave everything else up to Allah S.W.T. [Refer to Quran Surah Talaq 65, Ayah 3].
But what if Allah S.W.T has shown us a way by which we can more-or-less CONTROL THE RESULTS TOO?! The matter that’s, in reality, completely out of our control?
There’s only ONE way we can possibly have any kind of effect on the results– and we are told about this in the Quran too on numerous occasions (Surah Fussilat (41:10), Al-A‘rāf (7:96), Hud (11:48), Al-An‘ām (6:92) & (6:155), Al-Anbiyā’ (21:50), Al-Nur (24:35), Al-Qasas (28:30) and plenty more).
And that powerful intangible thing is no other than Barakah of course.
Barakah is centrally FOCUSED around the RESULTS of your efforts. It has the power to bring a long-lasting IMPACT (one that extends all the way till Akhirah) of the results of your work.
So if we can actively bring barakah into our lives, we can give the results of our hard work— the best chance of MAXIMUM IMPACT.
This is the model that’s specifically for Muslims as it is mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah.
But there’s a problem: The application of this model in our personal lives is not so easy…
Let me give you three examples of the sources of Barakah in our lives:
Example # 1: Making time for Allah S.W.T & doing Zikr to remember Him (S.W.T)
Making time for Allah S.W.T everyday and doing Zikr is first and foremost- the CENTRAL source of barakah. All other good practical sources of barakah- prayer, Salawat, avoiding sin etc. all boil down to building a better relationship with Allah S.W.T.
And enjoin prayer upon your family [and people] and be steadfast therein. We ask you not for provision; We provide for you, and the [best] outcome is for [those of] righteousness. [Quran: Surah 20, Ayah 132]
Example # 2: Developing a strong relationship with the Quran
Abu Umama said he heard Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) say:
Recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite It. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqara and Surah Al ‘Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds or two shades, or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them. Recite Surah al-Baqara, for to take recourse to it is a blessing and to give it up is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it. (Mu’awiya said: It has been conveyed to me that here Batala means magicians.) [Sahih Muslim]
Example # 3: Maintain a strong relationship with your family
“Learn enough about your lineage to facilitate keeping your ties of kinship. For indeed keeping the ties of kinship encourages affection among the relatives, increases the wealth, and increases the lifespan.” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi]
Now we all know these are the 3 things we “should” be doing:
- Pray on time 5 times a day
- Read and apply Quran everyday
- Make time for family everyday
Why don’t you get up and do them REGULARLY?
OK, let’s say you get “motivated” and you start but tell me this: FOR HOW LONG will that be before you end up:
- Depressed because you know you “should” read Quran but deep down you’re afraid to admit that you don’t really want to?
- Frustrated because you just can’t wake up early to pray Fajr on time!?
- Overwhelmed with guilt because of not being able to give time to any of the above?
Simply telling a fellow brother or sister to “Pray on time” or “Read Quran” is NOT GOING TO MAKE THEM DO IT.
Which is why I’ve learned to read between the lines, pick up signs of weakness, dive deep into the WHYs, and scrap off the limiting beliefs one by one to make sure that by the time you’re told to “Wake up for Tahajjud”- you ACTUALLY DO IT.
There are so many undiagnosed problems, unidentified steps and hidden blanket beliefs that you need to tackle FIRST to get to the point where you can sit back and enjoy the effects of barakah in your day.
And for the first time, after my 7 year-long experimenting, 9-months of deep psychological dives, and 2500+ hours of time & energy invested, I have painstakingly compiled all of those often ignored steps that later scale into advanced strategies in a complete step-by-step system.
Introducing the only time-management system you need as a Muslim:
For the first time, I will show how to balance your deen and dunya using a step-by-step system. The ONLY system that COMBINES the modern TIME-SAVING methods with the Islamic TIME-GROWTH concept of Barakah.
And it shows you how to bring the endless rewards of barakah effortlessly into your daily life by managing your three CORE elements:
FIRST, to make the best possible use of your time, we’ll throw away the idea of “MANAGING” your time.
Time can’t be managed. Accept it. TIME IS NOT MONEY. Move on.
You can think about managing it and in the time you’re thinking- you’d have lost 30 secs of your time. Those 30 secs are never coming back. So much so for “managing”. It’s how it is.
But what about your Nafs? And the energy inside you (and outside you)? And the tasks in front of you? Surely they can be “managed”?
- If you lack self-control or self-discipline (NAFS)- you’ll waste time procrastinating or indulging in distractions.
- If you are lazy or demotivated or depressed (ENERGY)- you will waste time trying to focus properly to get things done.
- If you are disciplined and energetic but you don’t know how to prioritize your tasks (TASKS)- you will end up spending less time on the more important tasks and more time on trivial ones that don’t matter, wasting time in the process.
No matter how many ways you look at it- it all comes down to disciplining your Nafs, regulating your energy and managing your tasks.
Some productivists separate focus into another category, whereas we believe focus is a practice of the energy and self.
Others commonly separate time. But we learned how time is the asset that can’t be controlled.
And most associate task-management methods such as “get things done” or “eat the frog” to time-management.
Although these task-management techniques undeniably help you in making a better use of your time, they are simply NOT ENOUGH!
That’s why I have deliberately included these task-management tactics, in ONE part of the Balance Deen and Dunya system.
A simple formula that nicely sums it all up to help you balance your time between Deen and Dunya:
Self-Management (Disciplining Nafs) +
Energy management ( External and Internal energy) +
Task-Management = BEST USE OF TIME
In ENERGY management, we understand the types of energy (internal & external), how to use it, increase it, remove & replace negative harmful energy damaging our productivity such as stress, negativity, burnouts etc.
In TASK management, we learn how to execute tasks, set goals and actually achieve them, plan our days, weeks, months, prioritize our day-to-day activities etc.
We will give you hands-on tools you’ll need plus basic strategies that later scale into advanced strategies to build a balanced productive lifestyle…. and then the systems to MAINTAIN it.
Take a look at the Balance Deen and Dunya ROADMAP. I’ve covered all the steps in the roadmap below.
WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST MUSLIM YOUTH PROGRAMME?
Instead of hiring great Muslim writers to shower you with poetry and Islamic songs about our work, I’ll be downright honest with you about what we have to offer:
It all comes down to three things:
#1: Time-tested Material:
I spend months sweating over my material before it reaches you. That’s why you see only one piece of content per week.
That’s why you don’t see me spending hours on every social media platform out there ranting “WORK HARDER” or “STOP BEING LAZY”.
Instead, I work hard to craft REAL solutions to your problems- problems that may seem “regular” to the common eye, but are making you miserable (for example; being a perfectionist is a casual term we like to throw around, but it adds stress on you to the point of overwhelm. How do you fix it?)
# 2: Real results from Real Muslims
It’s one thing to claim to help other Muslims. It’s another thing to ACTUALLY DO it. Here’s what my some of my students have to say:
After facing failures in my personal life as well as in my academics I had given up on myself. I prayed to Allah to guide me since I really had no clue what to do with my life. There where a lot of inspirational videos I could look up to…inspiring stories and books but nothing helped…. everybody taught me what to do, but the big question was How….then I don’t remember how, I found The Muslim Youth Programme. It really helped me figure out everything…and helped me to improve myself in my Deen as well as in my Dunya, to move ahead in life and stop regretting.— HEEBA KHAN
And here’s what some of my best students from my productivity Bootcamp have to say:
I am a 27 yrs old woman who suffers from a chronic illness since birth… with that came depression and anxiety ( I was missing out on a lot due to hospital stays and self doubt). For the last 10 years since I left school I have had no confidence to do anything for myself (studying,career) I would make ‘plans’ to do so every year, but nothing would come of them!
Since doing your course [bootcamp] I have gained confidence and also planned efficiently to do an Islamic course for beginners! I start on November 3rd In’Sha’Allah! I am nervous as anything but In’Sha’Allah I WILL NOT BAIL!!! After this In’Sha’Allah I plan to continue and reach my goal which is to teach children Islam!
Allah helped [me] by giving me your knowledge, wisdom and kindness which lead on to give me some sort of purpose and joy in life again! For this I will never know how to repay you! All I have are duas for you.— JAMILA
This Bootcamp helped me take the ‘First Steps’ towards my goals and trust me the first steps are always the hardest. Each Video in the Bootcamp helps you understand where you are lacking behind and how to overcome the problem. I was so lazy [in] doing simple day to day activities and I just [didn’t] have any motivation and I didn’t even know where exactly I [was] wrong. This Bootcamp helped me understand the problem and helped [me] in making goals. Alhamdulillah I am starting to achieve my goals now. Everybody tells you to be more productive and active and nobody says How to do it and trust me this Bootcamp is the answer for that question.— HEEBA KHAN
# 3: Honest support
How many programs out there serve you with information packages and then— they disappear on you?
I know that working on yourself can get downright hard at times. It makes a whole lot of difference to get some emotional support from someone who’s been there. I wish I was given some a few years back. That’s why I make it my priority to reply to my readers and help them out when they get stuck.
Sometimes all it takes is a helping hand…
Aimen is the kindest, sweetest and the most helpful person you’ll ever meet. I can never thank her enough. I’m a very shy and reserved person but with her I feel I can share my problems.— HEEBA KHAN
Ultimately, what truly sets us apart is the results from our students.
MUSLIM YOUTH PROGRAMME IS
COMMITTED TO YOUR SUCCESS
You are here at Muslim Youth Programme. It is the ONE place for you if you want to bring Islam into your life and LOVE the process of doing so.
It’s not a scholarly Islamopedia of knowledge-based learning.
Instead- it’s your TEST LAB- where you run experiments to discover your true potential. And to grow closer to Islam by using our tools and tactics practiced by thousands of other Muslims. To become the 21-century role models for the Muslims around you by first and foremost- empowering yourSELF.
Founder and CEO
98% of the material created for you here will forever be free. And when we create a premium product to fund the Program, it’s our promise to you that we will be 100% transparent with you about what works and what doesn’t. We will never create something that we wouldn’t want for ourselves, our children and our friends.
Welcome to Muslim Youth Programme.
I sincerely appreciate you.
Founder and CEO
DON’T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR INBOX: Starting Monday– after years of work and thousands of hours invested on testing- I’m opening doors to the beta-version of my flagship course Balance Deen and Dunya- an online program on balancing your time between Deen and Dunya.
Remember- It’ll only be open until Thursday, after which the beta-program is never coming back. It’s the most comprehensive course I’ve created up to date. I want to show you that you CAN balance your time today like the Prophet S.A.W and his companions did 1400+ years ago.