ISLAM AND WORK _ when faith meets productivity

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early morning-me-time in front of the fireplace – reading and preparing for the day 

On our school’s blog I’ve recently posted some thoughts about the relation of faith and work, which I would like to partly share here with you: 

“In all our work, in our daily life with the pupils at the campus vivant’e , we are deeply guided by the teachings and rules of our religion, which is the religion of Morocco, Islam.
We try to practice our faith as a whole way of life, imbedded in all our doing, in the deepest sense of its meaning:

”Islam = Peace”.

If I want to put together our values, our mission and our goals, to describe the culture and philosophy of the campus vivant’e, the description would be:  “we are here to serve”.
We see our mission very much in serving – serving the pupils, serving others, serving humanity, serving a bigger purpose:

  • encouraging a meaningful development of each and every one here
  • motivating students (and teachers as well) to show, to develop and to blossom towards the most positive version of their self
  • support students to learn the skills needed for a fulfilled and meaningful life – for their own good and for that of society in whole
  • striving to always give our best and allowing others to give their best
  • building bridges between people and being a committed example of peaceful dialogue, nonviolent communication and respect towards all
  • inviting people (students, parents, teachers, volunteers and visitors alike) to be the positive change we wanna see in the world
  • assuring that everybody feels welcomed and accepted here, no matter who they are or what they believe “

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The following manifesto summarizes very well how we understand our work and action in relation to our religion. I totally speaks to me from the heart and I am very thankful for the work that the people from productivemuslim.com have put in it – Jazak Allahu khairan!
I would like to share with you the essence of their manifesto and of how I and my Moroccan team understand productivity in an Islamic way:

  • Pursue everything in life with an active intention
  • Seek spiritual connectivity & barakah (God’s blessings) in every moment
  • Fill your heart with abundant positivity
  • Plan your day, week, month, life in detail!
  • Rise early and seize the barakah (God’s blessings)
  • Aim for physical vitality
  • Pursue holistic learning for a holistic life
  • Take time to have fun!
  • Always be of service
  • Have commitment and discipline

The detailed manifesto is to be found here on this source : http://cdn.productivemuslim.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ProductiveMuslim-Manifesto.pdf

In French 

In Arabic 

I wish you all a lovely beginning of winter. I wish you warmth, inside and out.
Salam aleikoum and peace, love and light to you!

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4 thoughts on “ISLAM AND WORK _ when faith meets productivity

  1. Beautiful and inspirational, as always subhanAllah. I am intrigued though- I like to plan but increasingly aware of planning creating disappointment or too much structure and that the ultimate planner is Allah (swt) So how do we plan the day/week/month in detail? I feel I get myself into a catch 22. Fantastic pictures in the last two posts. Duaas Tamsin

  2. dear sister,
    I found much help in different books and articles, alhamdulillah, and especially in getting myself into the habit of waking up before the sun and before the rest of the family. I believe that we have the duty to plan our lifes (in detail) to make the most of it, and then leave the rest to Allah. PLanning in detail also frees us in the end and gives us the chance to really enjoy the free times and the flexible and unplanned moments.

    great reads and help are these books and articles:
    http://www.productivemuslimbook.com/ , http://www.allahsword.com/ebooks/Salat/In%20the%20Early%20hours.pdf , http://www.titus2.com/managers-of-their-homes.html , http://lauravanderkam.com/books/i-know-how-she-does-it/ , http://modernmrsdarcy.com/ritual-to-do-every-day/

    bless you! salam aleikoum

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