Proactivity And Productivity In Islam

Salam alikum beautiful. Peace be upon you.

Often we when we wake up in the morning we are in robot mode, not really knowing what is going to be our next move.  

Or maybe we woke up late and are already rushing to get the kids to school or late for work. 

But did you know that our religion is the religion of proactivity and productivity Prophet Muhammad was one of the best examples in term of proactivity and productivity so were his companions. 

but first, let’s see what being proactive means 

Whats proactivity?

These are definitions found in a dictionary.

Pro

This element comes from Greek or Latin meaning “forward”  from which stems the idea of ​​anticipation, taking a step forward.

Activity

This word comes from the Latin activitas (vis agendis singularly think of the idea of ​​planning one’s life).

It is the ability to act with dynamism and vitality and motivation. It is also the energy, the vivacity and the intention that a person puts in his action.

Activity is also a set of psychic and physiological phenomena corresponding to the will to move forward.

so, in brief it is to:

  • Anticipate events or actions.
  • Go forward plan ahead of others.
  • Execute before a specified time.

Proactivity and productivity

Allah says believe and act.

Many times in the Quran it is said to believe and to act, to take actions for this world and the next. It is not enough to believe, we have to consistently take actions and be proactive in our everyday life. 

Such as simply making sure we will put our alarm to wake up for the morning prayer or we have given ourselves enough time for the next prayer at the mosque.

 Taking small or big and bold actions, but taking actions.
 As we know for Allah a small action done every day is better than a big action done once in a while

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.”

Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 4240Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani.

lets say that every action that we do are like pebbles and pebbles after pebbles, we build huge mountains of good deeds by the permission of Allah.  
We have to push ourselves to motivate ourselves a little bit every day, just a little bit, in fact, we have to trick our mind.

 I will only do 10 mn of Quran or Arabic or I will only work for 10 mn on this project and without even realising it we have done 30 mn or even more. This is one of the best ways to avoid procrastination and laziness.

 Consistency is the key to our success.

This applies to all categories of our lives.

  • Our health we have to push ourselves.
  • Do sport and eat healthily and be consistent with our exercise routine. 
  • Take care of ourselves inside and out.

The same thing goes our emotions our relationships with others and with ourselves.

Who demonstrated this great quality of proactivity?

Abu Bakr Siddiq  (ra)


1 He was one of the first to embrace Islam. 
One day after his conversion he was on the streets and started to do dawah (preach). Only after 1 day, he didn’t learn much, but he left and returned to the prophet (SAW) with 5 people amongst whom Allah had promised Paradise.


2 For hijrah from Mecca to Madinah (Migration) he anticipated, making lots of duas, firmly believing that Allah would open the doors for him. He asked Allah to send him away with (Prophet) Muhammad (SAW).

When (Prophet) Muhammad (SAW) came to see him to leave he was ready and asked (Prophet) Muhammad (SAW) if he could be his travelling companion. He was ready and had already anticipated the response of the (Prophet) Muhammad (SAW) and he had prepared everything for their trip.


Before arriving at the cave. He carried the prophet on his back. We are talking about 2 people in their 50s knowing that Abu Bakr was a few years younger than prophet saw Prophet. When they arrived at the cave, he again went ahead and entered the cave first to see if there was any danger.

Hadith about proactivity

Abu Huraira  (Radhiallahu ‘anhu) reported,

that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Who is fasting today?” 

Abu Bakr (Radhiallahu ‘anhu) said: I did.

He (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) (again) said: Who has followed a funeral procession today? 

Abu Bakr (Radhiallahu ‘anhu) said:  I did.

He (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam – the Holy Prophet) again said: Who amongst you has served food to the needy today? 

Abu Bakr (Radhiallahu ‘anhu) said: I did. 

He (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) (again) said: Who amongst you has today visited the sick? 

Abu Bakr (Radhiallahu ‘anhu) said: I did.

Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Any person that has done these four things in one day will enter Paradise.”

Abu Bakr (RA), as we can see, was a model of proactivity this shows us how Islam really emphasises the concept of proactivity and productivity

We must all try our best to follow his example and anticipate being proactive and being ahead in every action that we do. A little bit every day, so that we develop an attitude of proactivity.

Let’s ask ourselves this question, what can we do today that will give us a day of proactivity and the pleasure of Allah.

What can we prepare today to come closer to our life vision for our akhirah? Not to wait for things to come to us but to go get them. To not only make duas. But to take small inspired actions every day which brings us closer to our final destination Jannah.

Dua about procrastination and laziness

The Prophet (PBUH) used to seek refuge in Allah (SWA) from laziness that he used to mention it daily in this dua: “O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being overpowered by men.” Sahih Bukhari.

So as you can see proactivity and productivity is not something new something we hear about all the time in self-development books or programs this is something that people were practising 1400 years ago in our beautiful religion.

Those advise are for myself first and foremost and it is true that some days it is not easy to always be proactive or productive but we have to push ourselves a little more each day. We have been given so many beautiful examples of those 2 aspects in our religion whether in the Quran or in the life of our beloved prophet SAW.

I would love to hear your thoughts on proactivity and productivity. Do you think being proactive is an essential part of our religion? What do you do in your days to be productive?

Peace and blessings to you.

Amanee founder of Naturaleeyou.

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