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The Optimized Muslim Podcast - Self Development For The Muslim

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Self Development for the Muslim - Happiness, Productivity, Health/wellness, Psychology, Spirituality, Style and more! Optimized Muslim aims to help Muslims reach their Worldly and spiritual goals and become their “Optimized” selves by filtering the best of conventional self-help literature and modern science through the lens of our rich Islamic heritage.

Self Development for the Muslim - Happiness, Productivity, Health/wellness, Psychology, Spirituality, Style and more! Optimized Muslim aims to help Muslims reach their Worldly and spiritual goals and become their “Optimized” selves by filtering the best of conventional self-help literature and modern science through the lens of our rich Islamic heritage.

Location:

United Kingdom

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Self Development for the Muslim - Happiness, Productivity, Health/wellness, Psychology, Spirituality, Style and more! Optimized Muslim aims to help Muslims reach their Worldly and spiritual goals and become their “Optimized” selves by filtering the best of conventional self-help literature and modern science through the lens of our rich Islamic heritage.

Language:

English


Episodes

#29 Dealing with Social Media, Worldly Success, Accepting Qadr, Identity Crisis & more with Maarten Van Elst

6/25/2021
A broad discussion with Br Maarten Van Elst on the role of factors outside of our control on attaining Worldly Success; meritocracy and social mobility; Practical tips to effectively use Social Media; effects of the internet age on personal identity; whether self-discipline is overrated and the "Tony Robbins Islam" & more. Brother Maarten is the first guest to appear on the podcast for a second time. Find out more about Maarten at www.muslimfit.com If this content makes you think, you find...

Duration:01:00:55

#28 Investing in Bitcoin for Muslims? - Cryptocurrency Masterclass with Ustadh Mu'aawiyah Tucker

3/26/2021
Ustadh Mu'aawiyah Tucker graduated from the University of Madinah in 2008 from the faculty of Shari'ah. He now runs Cryptohashreview.com - a resource for educating Muslims on cryptocurrency. Investing in Bitcoin for Muslims? - Masterclass with Ustadh Mu'aawiyah Tucker Is investing in Bitcoin Halal? One of many questions in this interview with Ustadh Mu'Aawiyah Tucker. (Timestamps below) If this content makes you think, you find it beneficial and it improves your life in any way, please...

Duration:01:40:31

Daniel Haqiqatjou - Working as a minimum wage intern, failures and Christmas Parties (funny) (clip of #24)

3/15/2021
Ustadh Daniel Haqiqatjou worked in a corporate job for 7 years. Learn how he transitioned from feeling like a failure working as an intern to exiting his corporate role. A humorous clip asking him how he dealt with Christmas party invitations. Hear a different side of Daniel. If this content makes you think, you find it beneficial and it improves your life in any way, please make Dua for the success of this project 💚(and give a good rating 😊). Sign up for just ONE email per week...

Duration:00:10:42

CRISIS of MASCULINITY? - Gabriel Al Romani (Clip from #27)

3/5/2021
Gabriel Al Romani explains why he argues that there is a crisis of masculinity. This provides some background and context into his views in light of the recent controversy involving Mufti Menk's knitting video refutation which garnered a lot of attention on social media. If this content makes you think, you find it beneficial and it improves your life in any way, please make Dua for the success of this project 💚(and give a good rating 😊). Sign up for just ONE email per week containing...

Duration:00:07:51

#27 GABRIEL AL ROMANI -Setting Goals | Finding Purpose | Masculinity | Fitness | “Taboo” Topics & More

2/23/2021
It was an immense honour interviewing Ustadh Gabriel Al Romani (see below for Bio) who was very gracious in offering his time to this project. This series aims at interviewing inspiring “Optimized Muslim” personalities and trying to delve deeper into their mindset and way of thinking intending to discover practical tips we can apply in our lives. Please enjoy this wide ranging interview on a range of topics pertaining to self-development from setting goals, finding purpose, practising...

Duration:00:55:32

#26 Using VISUALISATION for Spiritual Growth – (based on Purification of the Heart by Sh Hamza Yusuf)

2/22/2021
You may have heard about visualising or “the law of attraction” in the context of pursuing “success” in the worldly life. In this video, I talk about how this technique can be used as part of a spiritual practice to help us to become better Muslims. It is part of a larger message – that we take practical steps to improve our faith. I came across visualisation being used in the Islamic context whilst reading Sheikh Hamza Yusuf’s Purification of the Heart. “If athletes include as part of...

Duration:00:09:34

#25 40KG WEIGHT LOSS Transformation! Interview with Br Hayder Khan!

12/19/2020
Hayder Khan delves deep in a wide-ranging interview about how he was able to lose 40kg and maintain his new healthy outlook on life. Use the Timestamps below to skip to relevant parts of the Podcast TIMESTAMPS 00:00 Introduction 02:00 Structure of Interview 03:13 Introducing Br Hayder 05:40 How the weight loss journey started (motivation) 12:00 Growing through Hardships 15:40 Islamic perspective on controlling food intake 17:50 Excuses, being “big boned” & genetics 24:53 The Methods he...

Duration:00:59:01

#24 Daniel Haqiqatjou – Personality Type, Handling Criticism, Harvard, Alasna, Daily Routine & more

8/5/2020
It was an immense pleasure interviewing Ustadh Daniel Haqiqatjou who was very gracious in offering his time. This series aims at interviewing inspiring “Optimized Muslim” personalities and trying to delve deeper into their mindset and way of thinking intending to discover practical tips we can apply in our lives. The content will only get better in sha Allah – constructive feedback most welcome. I have learned much from his writings and courses at Al Asna Institute and I would recommend...

Duration:01:09:26

#23 HOW MEMORISING THE QURAN CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Hidden benefit | Must watch for Parents & Teachers

5/26/2020
One part of the course currently in development in sha Allah titled: “A Practical & Deep Guide on How to Memorise the Qur’an”. Be sure to subscribe to the Youtube channel for more. If this content makes you think, you find it beneficial and it improves your life in any way, please make Dua for the success of this project 💚(and give a good rating 😊). Sign up for just ONE email per week containing links to the week's blog posts, videos and podcasts packed with tools, tips, tactics and...

Duration:00:07:20

#22 The Link Between Personality Types and Religious Adherence – is it easier for conscientious people?

5/3/2020
When it concerns dealings with people, actions of worship, ensuring justice, and more – the small things matter in Islam. I discuss how different cultures often exhibit different attitudes and societal norms that impact upon how the population will practice the religion. If it is a cultural norm for 5 minutes to be 55 minutes, inevitably it will be difficult to shed this norm when it comes to the incredibly specific conditions of worship. I further discuss the idea of how psychological...

Duration:00:26:06

#21 Productivity in Quarantine – Interview with Maarten Van Elst (Muslim Fit)

4/21/2020
“Br Maarten discovered Islam through his search for self-improvement, he was inspired by Islam’s teachings, that amongst other, promotes spiritual, social, physical and mental health. After converting to Islam in 2011, he didn’t see much of what was being preached actually being practised within the Muslim community. So combining his own hands-on knowledge from competitive bodybuilding (pre-islam), years of personal training and coaching experience and medical background (Maarten is a nurse...

Duration:00:24:47

#20 DISAGREEING RESPECTFULLY & HONESTLY – A Message for Leaders/Teachers

4/16/2020
*Apologies for the bad audio quality – will be improved in future in sha Allah – recorded [August 2019] As a community, we need to move beyond disagreeing in an intellectually dishonest or childish way. Let’s first learn the foundational principles of the Deen, in order to know what has been deemed to be even worth arguing about and then let’s look for the “Steel Man” argument instead of the Straw Man. In order to understand an alternative view, we should seek out the strongest (Steel...

Duration:00:11:46

#19 Practical tips on How to Learn Arabic whilst Working/studying full-time – Interview with Usman Khalid

3/17/2020
A lot of you reading this have thought to yourself, “I want to learn Arabic” or at least “I would love to know Arabic” – but the thought starts and finishes there for most of us. We struggle with translating this wish of ours into action. Without action, it will remain just that – a wish. In this podcast, we discuss how to go about learning Arabic. We know why it is a praiseworthy ambition to have right? Optimized Muslim project focuses on the how. We assume as a pre-requisite that you...

Duration:00:23:57

#18 How to Be Grateful and Be Given More – Don’t sell-out with your Blessings!

2/17/2020
We want more but how do we use the blessings and gifts we have already been given? We do not use what we have in a way that is pleasing to Allāh. We sell-out and run to cash out at the haram bank. Be grateful for the understanding that your blessings are a test just like your trials. Uploaded on Youtube https://youtu.be/6R6hBBHOinc *The video size is not optimal – a problem with editing which should be resolved moving forward إن شاء الله Resources mentioned: Dopamine: The Molecule...

Duration:00:04:22

#17 Attaining balance in life – learning from the REVEALING self-talk of an 11th Century Islamic Scholar, Ibn Jawzi

2/7/2020
We sometimes make the mistake of thinking that the great Muslims of the past had it different, they didn’t have our challenges right? This can lead to a defeatist attitude that is unlikely to help you succeed. This revealing quote from Ibn Jawzi reveals the mechanics of his amazing mind as he beautifully wrestles with the idea of attaining some form of balance in life in what resembles a journal or diary entry. He speaks of attaining wealth and being independent of rulers whilst also...

Duration:00:09:04

#16 What is “Legacy” and “being remembered” worth?

1/31/2020
What is “Legacy” and “being remembered” worth? Reflecting on the death of a notable personality. If this content makes you think, you find it beneficial and it improves your life in any way, please make Dua for the success of this project 💚(and give a good rating 😊). Sign up for just ONE email per week containing links to the week's blog posts, videos and podcasts packed with tools, tips, tactics and thoughts to help you optimize your life and hereafter Click here ◼...

Duration:00:02:14

#15 How To Start A New Habit? For Deen & Dunya e.g Learning Arabic or Jiu-Jitsu

1/16/2020
A deeper look into the mindset required to effectively start a new productive habit. Summary: Why is this important? Mastering this will help in Deen and Dunya 1) Examine and eradicate any limiting beliefs you may hold. – “It’s too late to start” – “too busy/not enough time” – “I’ve tried and never been able to before” Counter above with thoughts that act as antidotes THINK THE THOUGHTS THAT HELP GOAL 2) ACCEPT THAT DISCOMFORT IS INEVITABLE – You have to accept this...

Duration:00:16:27

#14 How to take yourself to account and reduce sins by using a daily journal practice (Muhaasabah)

1/6/2020
This podcast briefly covers how we can increase our self-awareness, identify weaknesses in our faith and actions by using a daily practice of self-reflection or self-inventory (muhaasabah). This is a life-changing practice that a Muslim should engage in to continually improve themselves. For example, you may note one day that spending time in a certain place or with certain people affects your deen negatively. You can then “tie your camel” by taking action. You engage in monitoring...

Duration:00:05:46

#13 The “Don’t Judge me” fallacy; harms of public sins; steps to changing culture; positive social pressure

11/13/2019
There’s a reason why public sins or making sins public is regarded as such an evil in the deen (Hadith below). Positive social pressure; Public Sins; steps to changing culture. What is positive social pressure and why is it important to embrace it to create a culture of strong morals and ethics? How this was prevalent in the past and how it at least partly explains the different “practising” levels of Muslim communities. This Episode focuses on the societal implications of sinning in...

Duration:00:08:49

#12 How following “The Crowd” limits you and what to do about it

11/7/2019
When people say “That’s not possible” or “it doesn’t work like that in reality”, often it is a projection of their thinking on what behaviour/action is acceptable in relation to a particular topic which may be limited by their frame of reference. If the frame of reference is formed by the “crowd”- inevitably it will be limited. Great achievements or habits are a result of a process. This process is likely alien to the masses. Whether it is in Deen or dunya, you have to be willing to...

Duration:00:08:22