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Muslims and Tech with Muhammad Rehan, Software Engineer

1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background (how you got to where you are) and current role?

I started with a computer science degree, i would emphasize on it that I never had a life outside of my PC during my graduation, love of programming took me to the sky i wanted to be an amazing programmer, during graduation I used to teach to my juniors as well as freelance projects, it was fun for me.

After graduation I moved to Dubai as my family lives here, it was hard to cope up with organizational culture as I used to work alone as well. It was very tough in the beginning of my career, but for sure anything happens for a reason. Allah knows the best, so far I switched multiple jobs seeking for greatness, and here I am working as a software engineer at the world's biggest airlines and travel management/solution provider company.

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

I work in a hybrid environment while working from home:

I wake up at 9:30AM and start with daily standup the take my lunch on my working table, then work straight till Zudar/Duhar (noon prayer), after praying i take my breakfast as well, in between working till Asar (prayer) i do play 5-10 minutes games on mobile or PC, after Asar i wrap up what i rote and create a pull request to merge my code and start to review other engineers code raised to merge, i endup my day with going to maghrib.

3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

I guess work-life balance for me is to stop working at 6/7PM and help your spouse with dinner or clean your room etc. that also include you can goof off for personal things but you make sure you manage to complete tasks on time. And on weekends you don't touch your work, you spend the whole day and night free mid with your family.

4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

I quit smoking and reduced vaping as well as maintained attendance at mosques.

5) What brings you peace during stressful times?

It's rare for me to get stressed but when I do I try to run/walk and recite surah Duha.

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you are consuming and like to recommend?

I only follow tech news and action movies.

7) What’s the one piece of advice you would give our readers for managing stress and creating a healthy mental state?

Every human fears poverty, but it's not something to be afraid of, if you don't like to work, take a week off, grab some clothes and a tent and some food, face mountains and spend some time with nature, it is the best healer. OR spend some time with your relatives and family, they are always there for you, no matter how dirty water becomes, still get used to extinguishing the fire.

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