Islam and Productivity
To understand Islamic productivity, we first need to grasp modern scientific productivity. Here, I briefly discussed this topic! Our contemporary productivity has been shaped based on Western philosophical foundations. And if we can deeply understand this matter, it becomes clear that our current productivity in modern science is solely based on philosophy.
In simple terms, if something cannot be proven, it does not exist. And this is where our main problem lies, especially for Muslims! We have lost our way on the path of Islam by trying to follow Western productivity. Our purpose of living according to Islam is fading day by day.
So, what is productivity from an Islamic perspective?
Islamic productivity can be built upon two fundamental principles, and this chapter is mainly a part of an extensive discussion on this matter!
- Purpose-driven productivity
- Value-driven productivity
To be Islamic, the main component of purpose-driven productivity is,
What is our life’s purpose? What is our purpose? What is the purpose of my work? If we deeply observe the direction of our current society, it becomes clear that there is no organized structure of purpose among the majority of people! There is no such organizational foundational purpose in their work or life! ..
In Islam, two fundamental purposes stand out in our lives!
- To be a servant of Allah
- To preserve one’s existence as a dignified human being on Earth
It’s clear here that being a servant of Allah does not only mean dedicating all your time to worship Him, but also putting similar effort into worldly affairs.
Value-driven productivity can be discussed in various ways, and since I will discuss each chapter of this book in a concise manner, I want to discuss this topic through a short story!
Caliph Umar bin Abdul Aziz, once met a tourist during an evening, and during the conversation, they discussed the contemporary Islamic state and various issues. In one phase of the discussion, as they were talking about different aspects of their lives, Caliph Umar Aziz silenced his mom-bearer.
And he continued the discussion, and in his behavior, the tourist asked him why he did so?
He replied, “I am here discussing with the money earned from the state’s revenue to buy the candle for discussion. But when it comes to discussing aspects of our lives, I have no right, and I cannot afford to waste the treasury’s money for discussing our lives! …”
Value-driven or evaluating a matter comes from within. No one from outside can influence you. This value-driven productivity is created based on your willpower and your moral principles.
In addition, this chapter also discusses some more important myths that have been discussed throughout the ages, such as:
- We should abandon this world. We should end this world in the path of Allah. This is not at all consistent with Islam.
- Praying will solve everything! This is a big misconception that has been passed down from generation to generation.
- Stay patient when bad times come! This is also a misconception.
- Everything is predetermined! This has been created through the misconception accumulated over the ages, and mostly these misconceptions are the reasons why Muslims are still in depression, unemployed, and uneducated.
Because they do not try, they believe that just by praying everything will be fine, they will get a job, they will become educated.
They believe that this world is not for us, let the Jews have fun, our paradise is yet to come.
However, they forget that this is the place for our self-discipline. Yet, we are lazy.
We think that sitting quietly during difficult times, where there is no effort, no push for trying, keeping faith in God will solve everything.
Again, we think everything is predetermined! And because of these, today, Muslims are turning everything upside down!… And due to the deception of the West and Satan, we, by ourselves, are losing the best things in our world, our potential!
~ Chapter 2 (The Productive Muslim)
® Ashikur Rahman