Interview with a Productive Muslim: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Interview with a Productive Muslim: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is pleased to present to you an interview with a very ultra-Productive Muslim – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a researcher and teacher of the Islamic sciences, specializing in Islamic Law. He is the Educational Director of SeekersGuidance, and a partner and legal advisor with StraightWay Ethical Advisory.  He has two published books: Sufism & Good Character and Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.)


A ProductiveMuslim is someone who is successfully seeking the pleasure of Allah swt in their religion and worldly life – regardless of what they are doing. They say, “Your place is where Allah places you”. Where ever you are, seeking the pleasure of Allah SWT – in the way He has commanded, given your circumstances.

A truly ProductiveMuslim is someone, who understands the Prophetic example and who strives to live by it -both in their relationship with Allah and their relationship with Allah’s creation – someone who appreciates the Prophet’s example is one of beauty, excellence and sincere concern for good in one’s relationship to God and in relation to God’s creations.

A ProductiveMuslim is one, who has a sense of urgency and who is avid for the good and who seeks a consistent sustainable meaningful means of seeking the good for themselves and for those that they are responsible for – spouse, parents, children, and the society at large.

It is also important to make one’s work spiritual- make one’s “Islamic” work, spiritual. One does not do it merely for the work itself, but to keep in mind one is doing it for the sake of Allah and to begin in the name of Allah, striving to be in the remembrance of Allah. One must Seek Allah swt and connection to the Messenger of Allah (saws) by keeping in mind his radiant example (saws). Also, one can’t take on too much. One does what one can and stops before taking on what one can’t -to the best of ones’ ability.

Keeping Appointments, Delays, and Cancellation – Excerpt from the book “Islamic Manners” by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah

The following excerpt is from the book “Islamic Manners” by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah (may Allah shower His mercy upon him). Although the book is short and concise, one can nonetheless acquire very deep meanings by reflecting upon its structure and themes. It is unlike other works of adab (etiquette) which often go into the particular details of the Sunnah.

Rather, “Islamic Manners” focuses on key principles and practices of the Sunnah and gives special attention to those that are often neglected by believers in the modern era. If each us were to live up to the lessons contained in this short work, we would witness remarkable transformations in ourselves, our families, our communities, and within broader society. This following section explains the spiritual importance of keeping appointments and the etiquette of dealing with delays and cancellations.


Keeping Appointments, Delays, and Cancellation

By Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah

In the first verse of Surat Al-Mai’da, Allah called upon the believers “O you the Believers, fulfill your promises.” In Surat Maryam Allah also praised Prophet Ismail (may peace be upon him) “He was true to his promise. He was a Messenger and a Prophet.”

To keep an appointment is vital to our lives, since time is the most precious commodity, once wasted it could not be replaced. If you made an appointment, whether to a friend, colleague or for business you should do your utmost to keep this appointment. This is the right of the other person who gave you part of their time and may have declined other appointments. Not only have you disrupted their schedule but you have marred your image and personality.

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