# Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera – How to be Productive

The speaker discusses the importance of efficient scheduling and remembancing oneself with Allah. He explains that the most efficient people have a time for everything, and the most productive ones have a fixed schedule. He also emphasizes the importance of learning and taking on a subject of Islam, and the need for sustained study.
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What can you do for barakah in your

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time, Allahu Akbar? That is the magic elixir

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everybody is looking for,

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and I can say that the only magic

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there is

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are 2 or 3 things.

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Number 1,

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you have to have a time for everything,

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so you have to be efficient

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If you don't have a time for what

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you want to get done in your day,

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life,

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then it's just going to be random. And

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in randomness,

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you might get something done, but you won't

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get everything done, so you have to have

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it by design that this is what I

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wanna do. If you look at any of

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the efficient people and productive people, they have

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time for everything.

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When we come in a morning, they know

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they have to do x, y, and z,

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and the most efficient ones are those who

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actually have slots for everything. That's what Imam

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Ghazali

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says, well, you have a time for everything,

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and you don't then transgress that time. That's

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number 1.

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Number 2, you could have you could be

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very efficient like this,

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but if you really want the time to

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be expanded for you spiritually from Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala because time is in the hands

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of Allah, is you dedicate some of that

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time of your 24 hours to the remembrance

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of Allah

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and the dua.

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Allah, Allah has time in his possession. It's

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his control.

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Sometimes you have a day when you can

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do so much, and other days, the day

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flies by.

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Why is that? It's the same number of

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hours, same number of minutes and seconds. Why

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is that happening? Because there's an element of

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barakah and blessing.

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So barakah and blessing comes from, number 1,

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efficient

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scheduling

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and timetabling,

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but number 2, even bigger importance

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is given to remembrance of Allah. I've seen

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this from experience.

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I tried to be as productive as possible,

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but I wouldn't attend a dhikr gathering,

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because I said that's gonna take 20 minutes

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of my time, I could be reading a

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book in that time. Then for some reason,

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I started attending, and I realized that I

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could get a lot more done in the

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other time that I had. Allah gave me

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a blessing

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that in the other times, I could get

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a lot more done. It sounds a bit

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unscientific and counterintuitive,

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but if you dedicate time of your 24

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hours

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for some remembrance of Allah,

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you will see that the other time will

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be more

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productive

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and fruitful as well. So you just keep

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asking Allah, and you'd have a scheduled time

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for your remembrance as well. Don't miss that

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out.

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The point of a lecture

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is to encourage people to act, to get

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further, and inspiration

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and encouragement,

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persuasion.

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The next step is to actually start learning

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seriously.

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To read books, to take on a subject

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of Islam, and to understand all the subjects

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of Islam, at least at their basic level.

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So that we can become more aware of

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what our deen wants from us.

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And that's why we started Rayyan courses. So

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that, you can actually take organized lectures,

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on demand whenever you have free time. Especially

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for example, the Islamic essentials,

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course that we have on there. The Islamic

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essential certificate, which you take 20 short modules.

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And at the end of that Insha'Allah, you

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will have gotten the the basics of,

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most of the most important topics in Islam.

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And you'll feel a lot more confident. You

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don't have to leave lectures behind. You can

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continue to leave, you know, to listen lectures.

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But you need to have this more sustained

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study as well.

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