If we were to look for an Islamic definition of Productivity, it'll probably besummarized in the word "barakah" or Blessing. Being able to achieve morewith little resources, doing much in little time, and generate a lot with littleeffort surely is a blessing from Allah (SWT). Yet Barakah has somehow become a lost treasure these days; everyone's looking for it, but no oneseems to find it! You always hear people complaining that there's no barakahin their time, no barakah in their sleep, no barakah in their money..etc. Inthis post, we'll solve this mystery inshaAllah, we'll find out what Barakah isand where you can find it!
What is Barakah?
A Well-known daee explains it as follows:
"Barakah is the attachment of Divine goodness to a thing, so if it occurs in something little, it increases it. And if it occurs in something much it benefits. And the greatest fruits of Barakah in all things is to use that barakah in the obedience of Allah (SWT)"
I¶m a firm believer that Barakah is not a lost treasure, it¶s right in front of our eyes! This treasure is only available and ready to be handed over to theone who works for it. Below I list some of the sources of Barakah. It¶s notan exhaustive list, therefore, I do hope you can contribute to it with your comments below inshaAllah so we can all share and extend our understanding of this great treasure!
If you want something to have barakah attached to it, have good intentionsfor it. More specifically, make sure that deed is intended for the sake of Allah (SWT). Looking at the definition of Barakah again, you may guessthat without us intending what we have or do to be for thesake of Allah, the³Divine goodness´ won¶t be attached to it.